Walnut 'Bolognese' Spaghetti Sauce - Vegan & Gluten Free-

OK! So this recipe turned out so much better that I anticipated. Being my very first time using walnuts as a meat substitute there was no point of reference so I really had not idea how it was going to turn out. Well, turns out I LOVE using walnuts to replicate beef in a rich pasta sauce to . die . for.

For real.

Walnut 'Bolognese' Spaghetti Sauce - Vegan & Gluten Free-

For starters, walnuts have a wide variety antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Nice!

Walnut 'Bolognese' Spaghetti Sauce - Vegan & Gluten Free

And secondly, they taste freaking amazing when processed together with a bunch of delicious spices. ;)

Walnut 'Bolognese' Spaghetti Sauce - Vegan & Gluten Free-

My inspiration was from a ton of recipes floating around using walnuts as taco ‘meat’. “Hmmm”, thought I. “What an interesting idea.” So, I set about making an Italian-ish version to add to some leftover tomato sauce that I had in the fridge. My thinking was it would replicate that rich, beefy Bolognese sauce that is so popular in Italian cucinas.

I say Italian-ish because I know things like smoked paprika aren’t your typical Italian seasonings but it lent the walnuts a remarkable essence of grilled meat. The spice blend that I came up with worked beautifully. I was really patting myself on the back on this one!

I just couldn’t help myself. Too easy and so delicious. Win and win. :)

To get started I put some jarred tomato sauce on the stove to heat. I know a ton of people are in the process of jarring all of the late summer bounty of tomatoes we have around these parts. This recipe was tailor made for those fresh sauces. 

Walnut 'Bolognese' Spaghetti Sauce - Vegan & Gluten Free-

Meanwhile, the walnuts were tossed into the food processor with the spices and pulsed into crumbles resembling ground beef. Be sure not to over blend or you will wind up with a spicy butter. Not that there’s anything wrong that. ;)

Stir the crumbled walnuts to the sauce and stir.

Walnut 'Bolognese' Spaghetti Sauce - Vegan & Gluten Free-


Walnut 'Bolognese' Spaghetti Sauce - Vegan & Gluten Free-

In the meantime, I cooked up my pasta. This brand of brown rice pasta is tried an true for me. I’ve used the shells before in this Chipotle Baked Pasta and they work like a charm. This time I opted for the spaghetti noodles and was not disappointed.

Walnut 'Bolognese' Spaghetti Sauce - Vegan & Gluten Free-

My favourite thing about brown rice pasta is how easily it digests. No stomach bloat or sluggishness like with the white pastas. The key to perfectly cooked brown rice pasta is to not over cook. Keep your eyes on the prize, people!

Speaking of prizes …

Walnut 'Bolognese' Spaghetti Sauce - Vegan & Gluten Free-

Your reward is this creamy, tomatoey, savoury spaghetti sauce that could even fool your Nona!

Well … maybe not … but it was delicious.

If your looking to minimize your red meat intake or maybe just don’t eat meat period, this is such a fabulous meatless option.


Walnut 'Bolognese' Spaghetti Sauce - Vegan & Gluten Free-


Walnut ‘Bolognese’ Spaghetti Sauce – Vegan & Gluten Free

Serving Size: 4


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ¼ tsp each dried rosemary, parsley, garlic powder, smoked paprika, fennel, sea salt
  • 3 cups tomato sauce


  1. In a medium sauce pot, set your sauce over medium heat
  2. Meanwhile, place walnuts and spices in your food processor and pulse until crumbled. Don’t over mix or it will turn to butter
  3. Add the crumbles to the sauce and stir well
  4. Cook 4 portions of your choice of pasta. I use brown rice spaghetti, which is awesome
  5. Serve sauce over pasta




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