By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

Serve this basil butter tomato sauce over roasted chicken, veal or pork. You can use trans-free margarine instead of butter to lower the amount of saturated fat in the sauce.

Number of servings

Serves 4


  1. 1 tablespoon butter
  2. 1 tablespoon all-purpose (plain) flour
  3. 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
  4. 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  5. 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato paste


In a small, heavy saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook until the mixture is light tan, about 2 minutes. To avoid burning, stir the mixture continuously. Add the chicken broth and turn up the heat to medium, stirring until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the basil and tomato paste. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes more. Serve warm.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size :1/3 cup

  • Total fat 3 g
  • Calories 50
  • Protein 1 g
  • Cholesterol 8 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 3 g
  • Dietary fiber trace
  • Monounsaturated fat 1 g
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Sodium 89 mg
July 01, 2009