Creamy Basil Rotini

   

I made this sauce one afternoon when I was craving alfredo, but knew I couldn’t spare the calories. This cheesy sauce has a bit of richness from the heavy cream, but the other key ingredients keep the fat content manageable. As if that wasn’t reason enough to make it, you create the sauce in your food processor in just a few seconds. If you don’t have a food processor you can work the ingredients together with a fork, but make sure your basil is finely chopped as you won’t have the food processor to do the work for you.

 

Creamy Basil Rotini
Serves 3
Lightened up cream sauce with sausage & broccoli that whips up in seconds.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
17 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
17 min
Ingredients
  1. For the sauce:

  2. 3 wedges Laughing Cow Light Cheese
  3. 3 tablespoons Fat Free Cream Cheese
  4. ¾ cups Skim Milk
  5. 1/8 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  6. 1 cup Basil
  7. ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  8. ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  9. ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  10. Salt & Pepper (to taste)

  11. For the pasta:

  12. 1 ½ cup Whole Wheat Rotini (dry)
  13. 1 ½ Tofurky Italian Sausage
  14. 2 cups Frozen Broccoli
  15. 3 tablespoons Parmesean Cheese (grated)
Instructions
  1. Blend all sauce ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Bring pasta to a boil. 2 or 3 minutes before the pasta is fully cooked, put the broccoli into the pot to cook. Strain the pasta and broccoli and return it to the pot.
  3. Add sauce and vegetarian sausage to the pot and mix well. Cook on low heat until warm, then add the parmesan and mix it in well. When the parmesan melts, it’s ready to serve.
Calories
  1. 396
Notes
  1. If you’re using non-vegetarian sausage, you should make sure it’s fully cooked. You can also replace the laughing cow wedges with plain cream cheese, but I happened to have several on hand and I enjoyed the extra flavor they added.
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