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Linguine with Basil-Pea Cream

Frozen peas are cooked in a broth mixture, and half are pureed to create a creamy sauce. If the tossed pasta is thick, add a little pasta cooking water to thin the sauce.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2005

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups pasta)


  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped leek
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen green peas
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages presliced mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups hot cooked linguine (about 12 ounces uncooked pasta)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leek; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in 3/4 cup broth and peas; bring to a boil. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Place 1 1/2 cups pea mixture, remaining 3/4 cup broth, 1 cup basil leaves, and oil in a blender, and process until smooth. Place pureed pea mixture in a large bowl. Add remaining pea mixture to pureed pea mixture, and stir to combine.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and garlic; sauté 6 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Stir in pea mixture, pasta, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle chopped basil evenly over each serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 383
  • Calories from fat: 22%
  • Fat: 9.5g
  • Saturated fat: 4.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Protein: 15.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 59.8g
  • Fiber: 6.8g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Iron: 4.5mg
  • Sodium: 759mg
  • Calcium: 55mg

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Linguine with Basil-Pea Cream Recipe