Kel’s Incredibly Delicious and Easy Basil, Garlic and Parmesan Butter

PC freezing trays ready for Kel's herbed butter

When I finally got my Pampered Chef herb freezing trays, I immediately knew what I was going to use them for first: Basil, Garlic and Parmesan Butter. My basil plants have been doing great this year, and while I plan on making some of Kel’s pesto later this summer, I really wanted to make some flavored butter to use later on pasta and bread and to sauté veggies and other things in.

Angel hair pasta with Kel's herbed butter

This recipe is basic — just five ingredients to create one of the best spreads you’ve ever tasted! If you don’t have a garden, you can find fresh basil at most farmer’s markets and some grocery stores – the key is to get it fresh. I used the leaves from approximately 12-15 stems of basil in this recipe. Also, make sure you are using fresh garlic and parmesan as well – none of that canned or jarred stuff!

Fresh basil

Ice cube trays will work if you don’t have the PC freezing trays. However, I love the PC trays because whatever you freeze easily pops out of the silicone cups; they come with covers that you can date with a dry-erase marker; your food won’t pick up any other freezer smells; and they are dishwasher safe to boot!

Date Pampered Chef tray with dry erase marker

I filled up three PC freezing trays to make one pound of this sinfully awesome butter. I’m not sure how many ice cube trays it would take, but imagine just one standard-size should be enough.

Ingredients (makes 1 pound)

Kel's Basil Garlic Butter ingredients

  • 1 lb. unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine (I used a food processor for this)
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Sea salt to taste


Place the butter in a mixing bowl and add the basil, garlic, parmesan cheese and salt.

Fold basil, garlic and parmesan into butter

Blend with an electric mixer until all of the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

Beat butter with electric mixer

Spoon the butter into your Pampered Chef herb freezing trays or an ice cube tray.

Fill Pampered Chef herb freezer trays with butter mixture

You can freeze these for up to three months, but I seriously doubt they’ll be around that long. Simply pop these out as needed, or, if you are ready to use your trays for something else, pop all of them out and place in a dated Ziploc bag.

Pop out frozen butter from Pampered Chef herb tray

So far, I have used this awesome butter mixture as a sauce for angel hair pasta as well as to sauté some frozen cheese pierogis in, which really jazzes up an already easy-to-make dish.

Pierogis in Kel's herbed butter

This butter, once softened, is also excellent to spread on hoagie rolls to make some of the best garlic bread ever!

Garlic bread with Kel's herbed butter

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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4 Responses to Kel’s Incredibly Delicious and Easy Basil, Garlic and Parmesan Butter

  1. Anonymous says:

    This looks like it’s to “die for”. My basil is looking beautiful right now!

  2. Anonymous says:

    On the basil measurement, is that 1/2 cup after chopping?

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