Thursday, April 16, 2009

Three Cream Sauces for Pizza; Pesto Cream, Garlic Cream, & Alfredo



The sauce on the left is Pesto Cream, the one on the right is Garlic Cream, and the Alfredo is pictured below. All three pizza sauces are quick to throw together and have better flavor than store bought. Besides, if you make your own you get to brag!

Each of these recipes will cover one 12” to 14” pizza and yields between 1/3 and ½ cup sauce.

Pesto Cream Sauce
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4th teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/8th teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
2 Tablespoons prepared pesto
1 Tablespoon Parmesan Reggiano

Mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium low heat. Stir constantly until thickened.

Garlic Cream Sauce
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/8th teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/8th teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1/4th cup Parmesan Reggiano

In a saucepan melt the butter and olive oil together over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Turn the heat to medium low and add the rest of the ingredients, but add the cheese last so it doesn’t hit the hot pan and seize up. Stir constantly until thickened.

Alfredo Cream Sauce
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/8th teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/8th teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1/4th cup Parmesan Reggiano

Mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium low heat. Stir constantly until thickened.

Notes: Sauces will thicken considerably upon cooling. It’s better to error on the side of slightly thin than too thick.

Recipes by Laura Flowers


17 comments:

Ginger said...

Good Morning Laura,

My 17 year old son loves garlic sauce and I have never found a recipe that sounded good. Yours sounds terrific. All three sauces sound unique and a great addition to any pizza.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Ginger, If you printed this recipe up this morning I forgot the heavy cream. Yikes! It's all fixed now.

I need a copy editor. I'm used to have someone else do that work for me. Big learning curve doing it on my own!

April 16, 2009 7:12 AM

Pink Little Cake said...

This looks delicious Laura. Do you think I can use this sauces for pasta? using the same amount of ingredients? Please let me know so I can make them for dinner tonite that my husband is home. Thanks

Mary said...

You have every right to brag. These sound delicious.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Yes, those sauces all work great for pasta but triple or quadruple the recipe. Basically you're looking to start with 1 1/2 to 2 cups of heavy cream.

I made the pesto cream for my homemade crab stuffed sun-dried tomato ravioli last weekend.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank you Mary!

Pink Little Cake said...

Great thanks!

Jamie said...

Wow! Impressive and I bet they are so delicious! Those ravioli you made also sound incredible! Wonderful blog!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you Jamie. I hope you come back and visit.

ButterYum said...

Oh my.... this is torture, pure torture. They all sound wonderful, but I MUST buy basil immediately!!!!!!!!!

Mindy said...

I've been on the lookout for an alternative to the old-fashioned red sauce, and these look great! Can't wait to try them!

~Madeline~ said...

I don't know why I have never thought of making pizza with cream sauce. Somehow I feel like I've been missing out all this time! I often make it with pesto so I think I'll try the pesto cream sauce first. Thanks for opening my eyes!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Yay, enjoy! I love these sauces and am happy to get the chance to share.

noble pig said...

Wow, what a good idea to use a cream sauce. I love it!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Thank you so much! I won't buy canned or prepared sauces. These looks so simple, and I cannot wait to try them.

Karly said...

All three of these sauces sound amazing! I'm stuck in a red sauce rut on my pizza. I need to change it up!

leena said...

hi i am so happy making creamy garlic sauce pizza and everyone love it.thanx its taste same like roundtable pizza(cost 28$for large).now i can do it just bcoz of u.thanx a lot.

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