Basic Cheese Sauce

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When it comes to preparing your sauce, get creative. Fresh herbs pack plenty of punch and really can elevate a dish. Canned fish, leftover veggies or a splash of cream also add depth of flavor as does grated or crumbled cheese. Try this basic sauce and then mix it up with what you’ve got — the variations are endless.

Ingredients

Preparation

Whisk together olive oil, Parmesan, lemon juice and zest in a large serving bowl. Toss with hot pasta, adding a bit of pasta water to create a smooth and creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with basil.

Ways to mix it up:

  • Try different cheeses: grated cheddar; crumbled feta, chèvre or blue cheese; sliced mozzarella or fresh ricotta
  • Toss in leftover cooked ham or vegetables, add a splash of cream or half-and-half
  • Use tarragon, sage, parsley, mint or any combination of fresh herbs

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