Linguine with Turkey, Basil, and Crème Fraîche

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.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Recipe from Coastal Living

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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. 1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions.
  2. 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.
  3. *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.
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