September 08, 2018 · Written by Foodtolive Team

Mushroom & Walnut Spicy Bolognese

Enjoy this mushroom and walnut spicy bolognese for its natural and all plant-based ingredients that give a healthy twist from the Italian classic version. It’s very satisfying without the heavy feel and has tons of wholesome goodness.

Prep Time 5 minutes | Cook Time 35 minutes | Total Time 40 minutes | 6 Servings


  • 2 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 400 gr. cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 100 gr. walnuts, finely chopped
  • 400 ml. cans peeled chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/4 tsp (or more) dried chili flakes
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste

Mushroom & Walnut Spicy Bolognese


  1. Heat up the olive oil in a pot or wide saucepan on medium heat. 
  2. Add the chopped onion and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the cremini mushrooms and cook for 6-8 minutes, during which the mushrooms will release their water.
  4. Once this water has completely evaporated and the mixture is fairly dry, add all the herbs and spices.
  5. Mix well to ensure the mushrooms are well coated with the spices.
  6. Add the canned peeled tomatoes and mix again.
  7. Allow cooking on medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the chopped walnuts and cook for an extra 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat and serve with a serving of cooked pasta (use gluten-free pasta if you are intolerant to gluten) and a sprinkle of vegan parmesan ‘cheese’!