Satued Veggies in Cream Sauce

No reason to expound eloquently on this simple vegetable medley except to say:

a) it has the serious potential to expand your side-dish collection and/or
b) would make a perfect last-minute addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Taking literally minutes to prepare, the crisp, fresh vegetables get a fabulous boost from a no-fuss cream sauce.

Love this dish. Love that it makes my dinner table look that much more put together.

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Vegetable Sauté with Simple Cream Sauce

Yield: Serves 4-6

Vegetable Sauté with Simple Cream Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound broccoli, florets cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound cauliflower florets cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch wide strips or chunks
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a small bowl, combine cream, cream cheese, chives (or thyme), lemon juice, and pepper flakes. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  2. In a large 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until rippling and hot. Add broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are slightly tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in the broth, cover and reduce heat to medium low. Cook until the vegetables are crisp tender, about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid and cook until the liquid evaporates and the vegetables are tender, about 1 minute. Stir in the cream mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Recipe Source: adapted from Cook’s Country Oct/Nov 2011

15 Responses to Vegetable Sauté with Simple Cream Sauce

  1. Nicole H says:

    We had this with salmon and rice last night, and the saucy vegetables were perfect a side. I used shredded cheddar in place of cream cheese and opted for chives for the herb. I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to try this, we loved it!

  2. Shirley says:

    Mel, I hope I don’t hurt your feelings, but my family did not like this simple sauce. I was a little hesitant when I read 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, thought it would be too strong for the amount of sauce but used that amount anyway. No one could get past the first bite.

    • Mel says:

      No worries, Shirley! It’s helpful when people report back, no matter if they liked it or not. Sorry it didn’t work out well!

      • Shirley says:

        Sorry Mel. We do love almost all your recipes. I read your blog everyday and look forward to it. You have so many helpful food tips (and toy and game list made play time with my 6-year granddaughter so much more entertaining for her). I think you have an amazing family from everything you write.

  3. Marci says:

    I love this dish! I use the big bag of precut broccoli, carrots, and cawliflower that’s usually in the produce section, add a red bell pepper and it comes together in no time. I use whipped cream cheese with a splash of skim milk and it works beautifully!

  4. Marie says:

    This was a very good recipe and a great hit. Only thing, I have noticed on the recipes is there isn’t any nutrition information. Is there anyway to get that information?
    Thank you

    • Mel says:

      Marie – I don’t put the nutritional information on the recipes, but there are a lot of online resources that you can use to calculate that. Good luck!

  5. Kellie says:

    Holy cow, this was delicious! I felt sad that there weren’t any leftovers for me to eat tomorrow! SO yum!

  6. Lisa says:

    Just made this tonight to go with my dinner. It was great! The lemon juice gave it a subtle zing. I might increase the sauce a bit next time because it was so yummy!

  7. Norah says:

    Man I’ve missed my Cook’s Country loving blogger. I’ve been gone for most of this year but I think life is finally working in my favor again. I can’t wait to surf back through all your recipes I’ve missed and look forward to all your new ones to come. I hope you haven’t forgot about me.

  8. Chrissy says:

    This looks lovely! I love all the colors of the veggies. 🙂

  9. This sauce sounds wonderful and a great way to give veggies a bit more flavor. You could do this with so many different combos of veggies, too. Great recipe!

  10. AnnetteBrunette says:

    Yum! Definitely making this soon!

  11. Kim in MD says:

    What gorgeous colors in this saute`, Mel! I have never had veggies in a cream sauce, but I definately want to try this recipe. If it’s from CC and you love it I know my family will love it, too!

  12. Love the simplicity of the beautiful recipe! If I was at your table I think my plate would be mostly full of these yummy looking and sounding veggies!

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