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Author Notes: The evolution of this sauce: We often have lemon chicken served with fettucini alfredo, and my fiance likes to mix the two together to make a lemon cream sauce pasta. The other night when he requested it, I had the basil recipe contest on my mind, and thinking how well lemon and basil go together, I set off to make a lemon basil cream sauce. At the grocery store, while picking out lemons, I spotted some leeks and thought "lemon and basil go well, and lemon and leek go well, I wonder what the three would be like to mix all three together" so I decided to make a lemon, leek, and basil sauce to go over chicken and pasta. While cooking and tasting the sauce, I decided it would be even better with seafood, so I made a quick decision to switch proteins. We decided it would be great with peas for a veggie and a crumbled bacon garnish for a bit of saltiness. I'm listing the sauce and pasta seperately here because while I used it in a pasta, I think the sauce would also be good spooned over fish, shrimp, or chicken. —shangrilarcadia
Lemon, Leek, and Basil Sauce
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 medium leeks -halved and thinly sliced (only the white and pale green parts)
- 2 lemons - juiced
- 2 cups cream
- 1/2 cup fresh basil - chopped
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add leeks; cover and cook until leeks are very tender, stirring occasionally (10-15 minutes).
- Add lemon juice and stir for a minute.
- Add cream and simmer until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 10 minutes).
- Salt and pepper to taste. Stir in basil just before serving.
Shrimp, Lemon, Leek, and Basil Pasta
- 16 ounces pasta of your choice
- Lemon, Leek, and Basil sauce, prepared as above
- 20-30 shrimp
- 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4-6 bamboo skewers, soaked in water
- 1/2 cup peas
- 4-6 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Preheat grill to 400 degrees. Begin heating salted water for pasta.
- Place 5 shrimp on each skewer and season with lemon pepper seasoning and salt and pepper as desired.
- Prepare sauce as listed above. When it reaches the cream stage, add pasta to water and cook until al dente.
- Also while sauce is thickening, boil peas in a small pot until cooked through. Drain and set aside.
- Grill shrimp skewers for 3 minutes per side.
- Toss pasta and peas with sauce. Top with shrimp and garnish with crumbled bacon.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe Using Fresh Basil