Egg Noodles with Walnuts and Basil

We like to call this traditional Cretan dish “Surprise Noodles” because you’ll be surprised by how simple, yet flavor-packed it is. This egg noodle is served with a typical tomato wine sauce, with an added boost of chopped walnuts, making this dish special. You’ll love the combination of textures and flavors: crunchy bits of walnut, slippery noodles, a mellow wine sauce and bright, fresh basil flavor. Parmesan adds an umami element to this dish. When you are craving comfort food, enjoy a hearty bowl of Egg Noodles with Walnuts and Basil.

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Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Egg Noodles with Basil and Walnuts

Egg Noodles with Walnuts and Basil

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 564 kcal


  • 1 pound egg noodles, dry
  • 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh tomatoes, cubed
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • Parmesan cheese, to taste (optional)


  • Sauté onions in 2 tablespoons oil for 5 minutes.
  • Add the wine, garlic, and tomatoes. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the walnuts, basil, salt, pepper, sugar, and tomato paste. Simmer for 10 minutes or until thick.
  • Cook egg noodles according to directions on package. Strain noodles and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add sauce and toss. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


Calories: 564kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 15gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 31mgPotassium: 532mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 956IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 3mg
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About the Author: Koula Barydakis
Koula Barydakis was born into a long tradition of eating and living Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. She is a chef who has worked in many of the top restaurants in Crete and in Greek Town in Toronto, Canada. Koula is the co-author of “Foods of Crete, Traditional Recipes of the Healthiest People in the World” and is currently completing her second cookbook. Koula teaches cooking classes to tourists in Crete and has been hired to teach classes in other countries as well.


  1. Renee April 14, 2022 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    My sauce never seemed to thicken. Tasted good though.

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. April 26, 2022 at 11:43 am - Reply

      It should thicken. You might try turning the heat a bit more and see if that helps.

  2. January 10, 2015 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe. I cut the recipe down to fewer servings; however, the next time I make it I shall make the full recipe and enjoy it for a day or two more. I highly recommend this recipe.

    • Christine Dutton January 10, 2015 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe! We love making the full recipe and then you can enjoy it for lunches. Thank you for trying our recipe and sharing your comments. Happy cooking!

  3. November 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Great, quick recipe! I like pesto and this sauce with walnuts and wine is an easy, no-fuss alternative. Will be adding this one to the dinner rotation!

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