So, I spent my morning Zooming into a parent-teacher conference, juggling responding to a Slack message, and giving tips on completing that pesky math worksheet – all while slurping down cold coffee. Don’t you just love remote working? Ah, the ~glorious~ blend of chaos and pajamas that we’ve all become well-acquainted with, right? As much as I appreciate the advances in communication tools and the gig economy, sometimes it’s a bit too much multitasking, even for this superhero New York mom!
Anyway! Speaking of multitasking, guess who cooked an entirely new recipe while doing all of the above? This gal! And I cannot wait to share the secret (not so secret anymore) sauce to your next triumph in the kitchen — a truly divine, luscious Garlic Parmesan Sauce. I mean, nothing melts the stress away better than the comforting flavors of garlic and parmesan hugging your taste buds, am I right?
To make it even more convenient, I jotted down the whole process into simple, foolproof steps for when you, too, find yourself navigating through the beautiful mess of remote work and family life. So, take a break from your screen, as I walk you through how to magically transform your everyday meals with this first-class sauce of pure awesomeness. You’ll thank me later, I promise!
- Butter – 4 tablespoons, which adds a rich and decadent texture to the sauce.
- Flour – 1/4 cup, used to make a roux and thicken the sauce.
- Milk – 1 1/2 cups of 2%, the base for the creamy sauce.
- Parmesan – 1/2 cup of grated cheese, adds a cheesy kick to the sauce.
- Garlic – 1 tsp, minced and sautéed with the butter for a subtle garlic flavor.
- Get ready to make the most deliciously creamy garlic parmesan sauce you’ve ever had!
- First things first, heat a small pan over medium-low heat. Once it’s hot, add in 4 Tbsp. of butter and allow it to melt. Saute 1 tsp. of minced garlic with the butter. Once the butter has fully melted, mix in ¼ cup flour and stir it into a paste to create a roux.
- Slowly add 1½ cups milk. Make sure to add it gradually and stir continuously to prevent lumps from forming. Keep stirring each time you add milk and allow it to thicken before adding more.
- Once the sauce starts to simmer, remove it from heat and stir in ½ cup grated Parmesan.
- And voila! Your sauce is ready to be served over some deliciously cooked chicken, steak, or whatever else you desire.
Serving Suggestions for Creamy Garlic Parmesan Sauce
This luscious and creamy garlic parmesan sauce is the perfect addition to any meal! Here are some suggestions on how to enjoy it:
- Pour it over grilled chicken or juicy steaks for a fancy twist on classic dishes.
- Mix it with pasta for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Try it with fettuccine or penne for a comforting meal.
- Use it as a dipping sauce for crusty bread or roasted vegetables like asparagus and carrots.
- Spoon it over baked potatoes for a decadent side dish.
- Get creative and use it as a base for a creamy garlic parmesan soup! Simply add some chicken broth and your favorite veggies.
Creamy Garlic Parmesan Sauce
- Medium-sized saucepan
- 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups whole milk
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh basil
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium-sized saucepan, heat 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter over medium heat until melted.
- Add 1 tsp. minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Whisk in ¼ cup all-purpose flour until a smooth paste forms, about 1-2 minutes.
- Gradually add 1½ cups whole milk, whisking continuously to prevent lumps from forming.
- Continue to cook the sauce over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it thickens, about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme, 1 tsp. chopped fresh basil, and the zest of 1 lemon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve hot over pasta, chicken, steak, or vegetables.
For a creamier sauce, you can use heavy cream instead of whole milk.
For a stronger garlic flavor, you can add more minced garlic to the sauce.