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Walnut Sauce

Walnut Sauce is a speciality in Liguria, Italy.

It is a simple, thick, uncooked sauce, made from walnuts, marjoram, garlic, olive oil or water, and grated Parmesan.

It is often served on chestnut gnocchi, or drizzled over a triangular-shaped, cheese-stuffed pasta called "pansotti al preboggion." It can also be used as a dip for crudités or for bread.

    • Some versions have you add olive oil to the sauce. Some of these versions then have you thin it further for serving with some white wine;
    • Some versions omit the olive oil -- you put the thick sauce in a large bowl that you'll toss the pasta in, add some of the cooking water from the pasta, and stir to make a thinner sauce. Then you add the pasta and toss;
    • Some versions have you blanch the walnuts first and let them stand in the blanching water for an hour to leach any bitterness out;
    • Some versions add fresh breadcrumbs, either as they are or soaked first in milk;
    • Some versions add a few pinenuts.

You can buy Walnut Sauce ready-made in jars.

See also:


Agrodolce; Applesauce; Au Jus; Barbeque Sauce; Black Mint Sauce; Chile con Queso; Chimichurri Salsa Recipe; Chippie Sauce; Cranberry Sauce; English Sauces; Fermented Black Beans; Finadene Sauce Recipe; Finadene Sauce (for fish) Recipe; Finadene Sauce; Fish Sauces; French Sauces; Fry Sauce; Gravy; Green Sauce; Harissa; Hoisin Sauce; Instant Flour; Japanese Sauces; Ketjap Manis; Liebig's Extract of Meat; Lizano Sauce; Maggi; Melba Sauce; Mojo Sauces; Mojo (Cuban); Mole; Murri; Parsley Sauce; Pasta Sauce; Pearà; Pesto Modenese; Pipián Paste; Pique Criollo; Pique Seasoning; Pizza Sauce; Raita; Reducing; Salmuera; Sambals; Sauces; Sriracha Sauce; Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce; Tabasco; Tapenade; Tomato Sauce; Truffle Butter; Vatapá; Walnut Sauce; White Sauce; XO Sauce

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Also called:

Salsa di Noci; Walnusssauce (German); Sarsa de noixe (Italian)


Oulton, Randal. "Walnut Sauce." CooksInfo.com. Published 25 June 2006; revised 15 December 2009. Web. Accessed 03/19/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/walnut-sauce>.

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