or the sauce that will never leave you...
Ok, to be honest, my bond with this sauce is not necessarily a healthy one so I must point out that as in any such relationship moderation is key. I would be lying if I didn't admit that it this is truly a "love - hate relationship," and it isn't one I am willing to part with as the benefits far outweigh the risks. When all else fails around you, this sauce will still be there, clinging loyally to the pasta and patiently waiting for you to indulge.
So here's what you'll need to make the magic happen:
1/2 cup butter
1-2 oz fat free cream cheese
1/2 c white wine
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp basil
Parmesan Romano cheese
1. First you'll want to make a rich base for your sauce to mature in, so melt 4 tbsp of butter in a deep pan and stir in the flour until it becomes one (thoroughly blended together) and turns a nice golden color.
2. Add the remaining butter, making it feel at home by stirring it into the base until melted. Then toss in the garlic and simmer until it sizzles. This is where the other spices join the party, stir in the basil and parsley.
3. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the cream cheese in small chunks or slices. The cheese will be stubborn, so once it is melted use a whisk to incorporate it fully into the sauce. The white wine will be equally as resistance to this relationship so don't put that whisk down until the wine has been blended in as well.
4. Continue to simmer until it sticks to the spoon when lifted out of the pan, this will show that co-dependency has been achieved. Toss with prepared pasta and top with a dash of Parmesan Romano cheese as a finishing touch.
Spoon into a pasta bowl, or even onto a plate as the sauce will be hesitant to try to escape, and enjoy with buttery garlic bread or fresh rolls. For some this relationship may be too intense, if that is the case I suggest limiting your commitment by including it in the meal as a side dish with chicken or steak. It will by no means fade into the background. Now, I will sit back with my bowl of overindulgent ravioli in butter cream sauce and leave you to your dinner as well. Enjoy!