Spaghetti with spiced walnut bolognese – meat free recipe

Spaghetti with spiced walnut bolognese – meat free recipe

By 03/11/2017

Who says that meat free means taste free?

There are plenty of Italian meat free recipes which are incredibly delicious.

What I am proposing today is certainly not a classic Italian dish but something a little bit more unusual: a "fake" ragu' or bolognese sauce which looks a little bit like a classic Italian meat ragu' but in reality it is walnuts with vegetables. The trick to make it look like meat is to add a glass of red wine which adds to the taste and makes it look darker.

I have added a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg to the dish which combined with the walnuts makes it really interesting. My family liked it.

Give it a try and let me know!

Have a nice weekend!

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 1h 20 min
  • Yield : 4



Finely chop the onion, the carrot and the celery. Quickly whiz the walnuts into rough pieces.

Chopped carrots and celery

In a sauce pan stir fry the chopped onion, the carrot and the celery for 2 to 3 minutes until translucent with 2 tbsp of olive oil.

Add the walnuts and continue cooking for a couple of minutes whilst stirring all the time. Pour the red wine and let it evaporate.

Add the cinnamon and the nutmeg and finally the tomato sauce and salt and pepper. Stir well and let it cook with the lid on for an hour over a gentle heat. Add hot water or stock from time to time if it gets too dry.

cooking vegan walnut bolognese

Cook the pasta according to packet instructions and serve it with the sauce and some grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Obviously if you want a vegan recipe leave the cheese out.

Meat free walnut bolognese pasta - vegetarian recipe

Meat free walnut bolognese pasta - vegetarian recipe

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11 Responses to Spaghetti with spiced walnut bolognese – meat free recipe

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I don’t think anyone would miss meat here because who doesn’t LOVE walnuts? An awesome meal, Alida.

  2. silvia

    This sound delicious! I’m not vegan but I like meatless dishes. I’ve used lentils but using walnuts is genius! Thank you

    • Alida

      Thanks Silvia, it was an interesting dish to try and it looked so much like mince.

  3. Chiara

    che splendida idea, un ragù vegetale da provare di certo, segno la ricetta, grazie ! Buona domenica Alida, un abbraccio !

    • Alida

      Ogni tanto ci vuole anche il meat free. Buona settimana cara.

  4. Alma Vorrei

    THANK YOU for this great recipe. I just served it for our Dinner and we really enjoyed it.

    • Alida

      Great! I am very pleased that you tried it and enjoyed it too.

  5. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Alida, this is a different and I’m sure delicious pasta dish. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • Alida

      Thanks Karen. I am enjoying the new walnuts of the season.

    • Alida

      Yes it looks ridiculously meaty. It felt like I was serving a normal pasta with meat ragu’!

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