Tomato-Cream Sauce

  • Serves

    serves 4


This light tomato sauce, enriched with cream, is a specialty of Cantina Pierino in Buenos Aires. Try it with their signature ham and cheese ravioli; or add a bit of chicken or vegetable stock to create a wonderful soup.


  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 14 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. prepared pesto
  • 3 tbsp. freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook until just beginning to color, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and basil and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thick and has reduced by about half, 15–25 minutes. Add cream, pesto, and parmigiano and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm over lowest heat.

Continue to Next Story

Want more SAVEUR?

Get our favorite recipes, stories, and more delivered to your inbox.