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Walnut Pasta Sauce Vegan

Walnut Pasta Sauce

Creamy walnut pasta sauce, a 10-mins vegan sauce that’s dairy-free and gluten-free. This walnut pasta recipe is so easy to make, high in protein and only requires 7-8 basic ingredients with your pasta of choice.

Move over cashew pasta sauce, hello walnut pasta sauce! This creamy walnut sauce is more budget-friendly, lower in saturated fat and full of their own nutrition benefits than traditional cashew or dairy cream sauce.

Walnut Pasta Recipe

This easy pasta recipe makes the more buttery, velvety, smooth, creamy walnut pasta sauce. It’s perfect for vegan alfredo pasta, creamy spinach sauces, rosé sauce or anything else that needs a vegan creamy white sauce.

A lot of critiques of many vegan cream sauces are qualms with cashews. Although cashews have the potential to be a weapon in your vegan pantry, walnuts are the affordable, lower fat sister.

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I receive comments all the time that I should make creamy, vegan, dairy-free alternatives without using cashews. Your wish is my command! TA-DA! I present to you, a cashew-free, dairy-free, and optional gluten-free pasta sauce. Now fill your bellies with this creamy pasta dream.Walnut Pasta Sauce Vegan


This recipe has the following basic ingredients:

Variations of Ingredients to use if you want:

  • Chopped Parsley – Top pasta for a touch of colour
  • Chopped grape tomatoes in olive oil – top your pasta for a touch of colour and sweetness.
  • Spinachadd to blender to create a creamy spinach sauce.
  • Tomato sauce – add to blender to create a creamy rose sauce.


Related Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Pasta


Quick and easy way to make walnut cream sauce:

  1. Boil pasta. Cook until al dente, reserving some cooking water. Then drain.
  2. Heat olive oil, cook onion and garlic.
  3. In a blender, blend garlic and onion mixture, soaked walnuts, plant-based milk, salt, and vegan cheese (optional). Blend until very smooth.
  4. Add sauce to a pot with salt and pepper, as well as a pinch of nutmeg. Heat up and mix.
  5. Toss with pasta to coat, adding reserved cooking water if the sauce is too thick.
  6. Garnish with parsley and serve.


Soak the walnuts – when blended, walnuts naturally turn a purple-ish colour. For a more traditional looking alfredo sauce, cover the walnuts with water and let soak overnight to take out some colour.

High-Speed Blender – For the smoothest possible consistency, use a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec. These are powerful enough to make a smooth sauce without any chunks or bits. You can also use a food processor if a high-speed blender is not available to you.

Pasta Sauce Variations – Add a handful of spinach to the blender to make a creamy spinach sauce. Mix with some tomato sauce to create a creamy rose. Or Cook a few chopped grape tomatoes in olive oil and top your pasta for a touch of colour and sweetness.

4.9 from 20 reviews
Walnut Pasta Sauce (Vegan)
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Creamy walnut pasta sauce, a 10-mins vegan sauce that's dairy-free and gluten-free. This walnut pasta recipe is so easy to make, high in protein and only requires 7-8 basic ingredients with your pasta of choice.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 servings
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente, reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, and then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat, and cook onion and garlic slices until fragrant, about 3-5 mins. You want the garlic to be light in colour, but not browned, as it will be bitter.
  3. In a high-speed blender, add the cooked garlic and onion, soaked walnuts, soy milk, vegan cheese or yeast, if using, and salt. Blend until very smooth.
  4. Add sauce to the pot you cooked your pasta in with a pinch of nutmeg, heat over medium heat. Once warmed, season with additional salt, if needed and pepper to taste.
  5. Add pasta and toss well to coat.
  6. Add reserved cooking water if the consistency is too thick.
  7. When ready to serve, garnish with the chopped parsley and more vegan parmesan cheese as desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 512 Fat: 31g Saturated fat: 3.25g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 45g Sugar: 3g Sodium: 483mg Fiber: 6.6g Protein: 18.4g Cholesterol: 0mg

Walnut Pasta Sauce Recipe by Edgy Veg

Hey, I’m Candice & welcome to The Edgy Veg! I veganize popular food recipes for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or by-products of animals. I hope you enjoy this tasty vegan recipe!

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  • Can I make this ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to add to pasta?

  • This was very good in spite of my modifications! I didn’t have an onion so used onion powder, and didn’t bother cooking the garlic, and it still turned out well and was SO EASY! I also used nutritional yeast instead of vegan parm. I threw a bag of frozen peas in with the pasta the last few minutes, and they were a nice green addition. Thanks for a delicious and easy pantry recipe!

  • I just made this tonight and it was very good, and super-easy! I threw in a bag of frozen peas with the pasta halfway through and they were a nice addition. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Do I have to toast the walnuts? How much Pasta (in grams) should be used? Our packets come in 500 grams weight.
    Thank you.

    • No, the walnuts can be raw. The pasta quantity is up to you, depending on the number of servings you are making. This recipe is more for the sauce.

  • Gabriella Hernandez says:

    This was so amazing! I made a few changes I added sautéed mushrooms and peas. I also cut back on the cheese, my family loved it! Thank you for the recipe.

  • This is a 10 star recipe! Delicious, healthy and totally satisfying. I just used nutritional yeast – rather than the vegan parm and it really was outstanding. I would make this recipe for a dinner party. Thank you for sharing!

    • EdgyVeg says:

      Thanks so much Wendy! You can’t go wrong with utritional yeast or vegan parm for this recipe! It’s so good!

  • Loved it so easy fast , healthy!!! Made it for dinner with some roasted broccoli on the side and added a touch of cayenne but the nutmeg is amazing and the walnuts are so creamy . This is in my rotation for sure

    • EdgyVeg says:

      It’s so fast (and nutritious!) great idea to serve with a side of broccoli. Thanks so much for the love on this recipe

  • How many oz. of pasta did you use? Thanks!

    • I make this sauce as a batch and just add to my serving of pasta depending on the level of sauce you like

  • Lauren C says:

    I made this after seeing the recipe on the EdgyVeg Youtube channel. I have watched almost all of the episodes and have requested her cookbook as a birthday gift. This was an easy, satisfying meal…it’s making my transition to veganism that much easier. Thanks, Candice! I will be making this again!

  • My wife and I love this recipe. I’m planning on making pasta again today Thank you!

  • Marie-Michele Dore says:

    I loved it! I was not expecting that taste at all, so delicious and creamy!

    • EdgyVeg says:

      I like to surprise my readers and viewers with delicious recipes! Some combinations seem weird at first but are so delicious!

  • I love how buttery this tastes. Plus walnuts are a natural anti-depressant. We could all use a little walnut happiness right about now

    • Ain’t that the truth!

    • EdgyVeg says:

      Walnuts are so underrated and they’re so good for you! I discovered it created a buttery taste and needed it in a pasta dish so I’m so happy everyone is loving my recipe 🙂

  • the walnut and garlic profile was delicious! Topped with nooch and love it!

  • Donna Gefter says:

    Loved this. The walnuts were absolutely delicious with the garlic. I swapped in nutritional yeast and tapioca flour in place of vegan parmesan.

    • EdgyVeg says:

      Thanks Donna! I’m glad the nutritional yeast and tapioca flour worked for you! Can’t go wrong with nooch or vegan parm it’s so good


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