Basil & Lemon Creamy Pasta with Dorot Gardens, Your Personal Sous Chef


Cooking can take so much time. I feel like I can be in the kitchen for hours when I only intended to make dinner in 30 minutes, but with all the chopping and prep. But now, that has all changed. In fact my world has been turned upside down in the kitchen in the best way.  Dorot Gardens is my new best friend in the kitchen.

Herbs already chopped up in individual pockets and ready to cook with. Oh.My.Gosh! This will change everything! I love that I can make so many recipes without having to chop up the herbs. Not to mention, I have bought so many herbs that just don’t store very well and go back so quickly. With Dorot Gardens I can keep my chosen herbs in the freezer and literally pop out the pre-portioned herbs for my recipe in just seconds.

I will be buying Dorot Garden herbs every week. Especially the garlic. Pop it in the pan and since it is crushed garlic, it just melts with the butter. Ooooh, it is just so lovely. My husband even said that we should spread it on some crusty bread with some butter for some legit garlic bread. Yum!

Basil Lemon Cream Pasta


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 preportioned Dorot garlic
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 preportioned dorot Basil
  • 2 tablespoon diced red bell pepper (optional)
  • 3 cups mini penne pasta


  1. 2 tablespoons butter
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 cup half-and-half
  4. 1 cup chicken broth
  5. 1?4 cup lemon juice
  6. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  7. 1?2 teaspoon pepper
  8. 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  9. Bring pot to a boil and add penne cook until al dente (directions on the box)
  10. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add garlic, and saute 1- 2 minutes. Add bell peppers.
  11. Add half-and-half and chicken broth.
  12. Bring to a boil, and cook 8 minutes or until reduced by half.
  13. Whisk together lemon juice and cornstarch until smooth.
  14. Whisk lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon pepper into butter mixture, and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes or until thickened.
  15. Add pasta and stir well. Add basil and stir until melted.
  16. Serve

Look how cute the little pods of herbs are. It is so easy to use and I use them almost every time I cook. As you can see, I have used the garlic a ton already. No more chopping, dicing or getting my fingers to smell like garlic for days.

Get your Dorot Garden herbs at your nearest Kroger. If you click here, you can also get a coupon! Here are the herbs you should look for:

Dorot Gardens Garlic
Dorot Gardens Cilantro
Dorot Gardens Ginger
Dorot Gardens Basil

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  1. Potato starch can be used instead of cornstarch to bind soups and sauces and stews. It”s available in the same sort of packets/boxes as cornstarch. You need a similar amount, it starts binding at a slightly lower temperature but tolerates higher temperatures than corn starch, and it binds clear instead of milky. So for a clear soup or (fruit/vegetable) sauce it”s much preferred to corn starch. You need to dissolve it in a bit of cold water or milk before pouring it into the hot liquid you want to bind, just like you do with the corn starch.

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