Mushroom Pâté with Walnuts and Butter Beans on Toast - Delicious, Nutritious and Vegan

Mushroom Pâté with Walnuts & Butter Beans

A quick and easy spread that's full of umami flavours and packed with goodness. It's delicious on crackers or toast and it makes a great sandwich with cucumber or pickles and lettuce.
Course Dips, Spreads & Sauces, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine British
Keywords butter beans, mushrooms, pate, sandwich spread, spread, walnuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 109 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion - sliced
  • 175 g chestnut mushrooms - although most mushrooms would be good
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic - roughly chopped
  • leaves from a few sprigs of thyme
  • pinch of sea salt - I used smoked sea salt
  • 1 tbsp vegan white wine or 1 tsp white wine vinegar made up to 1 tbsp with water
  • 50 g shelled walnuts - the fresher the better
  • 1 400 g tin butter beans - drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp tamari or your favourite soya sauce
  • lots of freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onions and fry over a low heat for five minutes or until the onions are translucent.

  2. Meanwhile, wipe and roughly chop the mushrooms, then turn up the heat to medium and add to the pan along with the cumin. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the garlic, thyme and salt and cook until any water from the mushrooms has evaporated - about another couple of minutes.
  4. Add the wine or vinegar & water mixture and cook for a further minute. Take off the heat and allow to cool a little.
  5. Meanwhile toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan over a moderate heat. Stir frequently to avoid burning. When they have browned nicely, about ten minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  6. Blitz everything in a blender or food processor until almost smooth. I like to have a bit of texture, but how smooth you blend it is entirely up to you. I used a my Optimum Vac2 power blender.

  7. Spoon into appropriate containers and serve or store in the fridge for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

You can swap the butter beans for your preferred bean, but butter beans do have the creamiest texture.

Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Nutrition Facts
Mushroom Pâté with Walnuts & Butter Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 56
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.2g10%
Saturated Fat 0.7g4%
Sodium 72mg3%
Potassium 287mg8%
Carbohydrates 10.1g3%
Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugar 1.3g1%
Protein 4.8g10%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.