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Walnut Sauce Pasta

Walnut sauce pasta is a traditional Italian dish made with ground or finely chopped walnuts and it has a rich, nutty flavor that will win you over with its delicate taste and creaminess.
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Walnut Sauce Pasta
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep 5 minutes
  • Cook 10 minutes
  • Servings 4 people

Walnut sauce pasta, also known as “Pasta with Walnut Sauce” is a traditional dish from the city of Genoa in the Liguria region of Italy. The Walnut Sauce Pasta is a very quick first course that will save you in everyday rush situations when you have only 10 minutes to cook dinner and very few ideas to hold on to. In fact, our Recipe for Pasta with Walnuts can be prepared just in the time it takes to cook the pasta and without putting additional pots or pans on the stove, because the sauce is cold-prepared in 5 minutes.

The Pasta with Walnuts recipe really ideal for any occasion, it is great both hot and cold, perhaps as a summer dish to take with you to the office. Preparing our Nut Pasta is super easy and you will need just 3 ingredients: walnuts, ricotta cheese and parmesan cheese blended directly in the blender to get a smooth and tasty sauce.

In short,  Ligurian walnut sauce is the classic example of a creamy first course that will please the palates of the whole family, even the youngest who will not be able to resist its delicate taste and velvety sauce.

While the classic version of walnut sauce pasta typically uses trofie, a short, twisted pasta shape from the Liguria region, other pasta shapes such as linguine or penne can also be used. This dish is often served as a main course or as a side dish, and it’s a delicious way to enjoy the rich, earthy flavor of walnuts.


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  1. To prepare Pasta with Walnuts first place a pot of salted water on the stove to boil, and while the pasta is cooking, devote yourself to the sauce.

  2. Place the walnut kernels, ricotta, Parmesan, and 3 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water in a blender. Operate the machine and blend everything until smooth.

  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it directly into the sauce and mix everything well.

  4. Serve your Pasta with Walnuts to taste with a generous handful of Parmesan cheese.

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To complete the dish you can also add some freshly ground pepper. Finally, you can enjoy the Walnut Sauce Pasta also chilled, perhaps adding some coarsely chopped nut kernels to add a crunchy texture.


If you are using a long pasta format we recommend adding 1-2 more tablespoons of pasta cooking water to make the walnut cream more fluid and to be able to blend it better with the pasta.


The Walnut Sauce Pasta is great eaten freshly made, to best enjoy its creaminess. Eventually you can prepare the dressing the day before as well, and should you have leftover pasta already seasoned, you can store it in the refrigerator for 1 day. At the time of consumption gratin it in the oven for 10-15 minutes, you will see how good it is!