Basil butter and sun-dried tomato sauce

Dietician's Tip

Baste or serve this basil butter tomato sauce over roasted chicken, veal or pork.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose (plain) flour
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato paste


In a small, heavy saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook until the mixture is light tan, about 2 minutes. To avoid burning, stir the mixture continuously. Add the chicken broth and turn up the heat to medium, stirring until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the basil and tomato paste. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes more. Serve warm.

Serving Information

Serves 4

Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories: 43
Total carbohydrate: 3 g
Cholesterol: 8 mg
Dietary fiber: 0.5 g
Monounsaturated fat: 1 g
Protein: 1 g
Saturated fat: 2 g
Serving size: 1/3 cup
Sodium: 111 mg
Total fat: 3 g

DASH Eating Plan Servings

Fats and oils: 1/2
Vegetables: 1

Diabetes Meal Plan Choices

Fats: 1/2
Nonstarchy vegetables: 1

Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid Servings

Fats: 1/2
Vegetables: 1

Last Updated Jul 9, 2015

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