Linguine with Turkey, Basil, and Crème Fraîche

Linguine with Turkey, Basil, and Crème Fraîche Recipe
Photo: David Hillegas; Styling: Linda Hirst
The creamy sauce and the bright flavors of lemon and basil make this recipe delicious and versatile. Try it with rotisserie chicken, too.


Makes 4 servings
Total time: 25 Minutes

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Total: 25 Minutes


1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated fresh linguine pasta
1 (8-ounce) container crème fraîche
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups shredded cooked turkey
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil


1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together crème fraîche and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Toss pasta and turkey in sauce mixture, adding enough cooking water to evenly coat pasta. Stir in lemon juice and basil. Serve immediately.

*Crème fraîche is a cultured cream product similar to sour cream, but with a less tangy taste and a softer texture. You can substitute Mexican crema or a mixture of equal parts sour cream and whipping cream.