Creamy Lemon Caprese Pasta

Blogger Carrian Cheney from Sweet Basil makes a fresh, creamy summer pasta. Serve with Garlic Butter Bread to sop up the yummy extra sauce.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 30 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 4
 

Ingredients

4
cups uncooked rotini pasta
1/4
cup unsalted butter
1/4
cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2
cups half-and-half
12
fresh basil leaves
2
to 3 teaspoons grated lemon peel (1 medium)
3
tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 medium)
1
teaspoon garlic salt (preferably with parsley)
Salt and pepper to taste
1
can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes, drained well
1/4
ball fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into chunks

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  • 1 Fill stockpot or large Dutch oven half full of water; add table salt until water is almost salty to the taste. Heat water to boiling over medium heat. When water is boiling, add pasta; cook as directed on package until al dente. Remove from heat; drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour; beat with whisk until flour begins to cook and smells slightly nutty, 30 to 50 seconds. Quickly add half-and-half; beat with whisk to combine. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 to 8 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; let stand 1 minute.
  • 3 Pour white sauce into blender. Add basil leaves; cover and blend until basil is in tiny pieces. Pour back into saucepan. Heat over low heat until mixture simmers. Stir in lemon peel, lemon juice, garlic salt, and the salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat. Add pasta, tomatoes and cheese; toss.
  • 1 Fill stockpot or large Dutch oven half full of water; add table salt until water is almost salty to the taste. Heat water to boiling over medium heat. When water is boiling, add pasta; cook as directed on package until al dente. Remove from heat; drain.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour; beat with whisk until flour begins to cook and smells slightly nutty, 30 to 50 seconds. Quickly add half-and-half; beat with whisk to combine. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 to 8 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; let stand 1 minute.
  • 3 Pour white sauce into blender. Add basil leaves; cover and blend until basil is in tiny pieces. Pour back into saucepan. Heat over low heat until mixture simmers. Stir in lemon peel, lemon juice, garlic salt, and the salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat. Add pasta, tomatoes and cheese; toss.

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