Sunday, 27 January 2013

Homemade walnut paste and Walnut and bacon pasta

Both the paste and pasta recipes are wonderfully wholesome and packed with flavour. A very nourishing meal that is comforting and healthy.

First up you need to make a walnut paste. 
This is easy and leftovers are delicious on sandwiches.

You need to roast 2 cups of walnuts in the oven. Do this by putting them on a baking tray and putting them in a moderate oven (180C) for about 10mins. Keep a close eye on them, stirring them every few minutes and pulling them out once they are golden brown. There is a thin line between toasted and burnt! trust me i've done it a few times.

Once toasted throw 1 1/2 C of walnuts (save the other 1/2 C for the pasta) ino the food processor with ......
1/4C grated parmesan
1 t minced garlic
the rind and juice of half a lemon
1/2 t salt
1/4 t paprika
1/4 t white pepper
pinch of nutmeg

Pulse till finely chopped and then add in 1/4 - 1/2C olive oil - depending on how thick or thin you want it.

This alone is an amazing dish, perfect on sandwiches, meat, salads and in pasta....

Walnut and bacon pasta
1/2 C toasted walnuts
3/4 C walnut paste
150g sliced bacon
1 tin evaporated milk (or cream if you prefer)
1 C chicken stock

400g cooked pasta.

In a pan cook up the bacon and then mix in the walnut paste. Cook for a few minutes.

Then add in the milk and chicken stock mixing thoroughly. Heat until thickened. This should only take a few minutes.

Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and mix well, add in the last 1/2C of toasted walnuts for a bit of crunch.

This recipe is easy but packed with flavour. Perfect with a crunchy green salad and sure to impress.
Sharing again this week over at nourishing joy


  1. This sounds delicious! Do you think it would work flavor-wise with pecans? I'm definitely going to have to try this soon.

    Thanks so much for sharing it in this week's Thank Goodness It's Monday carnival. I've pinned it on our "Thank Goodness It's Monday" Pinterest page, too. :-)

    Kresha from

    1. I don't eat Pecan's much so i can't say for sure. I think any nuts would probably work well though. thanks for stopping by!