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Macaroni with Lemon Basil Parmesan Sauce

The fresh basil is flourishing this year, (yeah!!).  I love basil.  I think that it can be used in everything.  It adds a unique, distinct flavor that always seems welcome, even in desserts.
Therefore, with this welcome bounty I will be using my imagination to incorporate this delightful treasure.

I will leave you with this thought for today; my mom was a philosopher of sorts, though she never knew it.  She often said, “Sometimes the words not said are the wisest”.  I did not understand that as a young girl, but I do now. A "little food for  thought".


1 cup milk
½ cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic – chopped
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup fresh basil – chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
1 lb. of your favorite macaroni

Heat an 8 – 10 inch sauce pan with the butter and olive oil.  When the butter is melted add the garlic and sauté when the garlic is fragrant and slightly browned; add the basil and lemon juice, milk and chicken broth.  Simmer on low while adding the seasonings.

Prepare the macaroni as directed.

Just before serving add the grated Parmesan cheese to the sauce.

Place the macaroni in a serving bowl, top with the sauce and an extra drizzle of olive oil, dash of red pepper flakes and extra grated cheese.
Enjoy with Love,



  1. Oh I love basil too! This looks like another great summer dish!

    Your Mom was a wise woman!!!

  2. I love a good lemony pasta! With basil and parmesan, it's even better!

  3. Looks yummy! Love macaroni salad and I love the spin on yours!!

  4. I ate it all. Every single bite and it was really good. You do the best dishes.

    Have a terrific day Catherine. Big hugs from sunny California. ☺

  5. Gracias por su lindo comentario ... su pasta está deliciosa adoro la albahaca también,saludos y abrazos.

  6. Such a lovely pasta, Catherine! I love having a garden full of fresh wonderful with noodles and Parm!

  7. Your mother sounded like a wonderful woman. And I love basil too - in fact I actually grew some this year! This looked great. sandie

  8. I must try this... the basil in my garden is huge and needs a little trimming, so this is the idea I was looking for :)

  9. Great option for summer basil!

  10. I too love fresh herbs! This looks so delicious.

  11. Catherine, This pasta dish sounds both tasty and light! I'd add more parmesan on top and some Tabasco and I'd be ready to go... Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  12. Love that this pasta is so light... Not drowned in sauce!!! Lovely!

  13. Thanks for sharing this one, I'm always looking for ways to use my fresh basil...there is so much growing this year. This sounds yummy and I can't wait to try it! :)

  14. This sounds only if my lemon basil would hurry up and grow!!


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