A quartet of ingredients--tomato paste, liquid aminos, dried mushrooms and nutritional yeast--makes this umami paste super-savory. Mix it into mayo for sandwiches, toss it with pasta, or try it in Umami Veggie Burgers (see Associated Recipes). Source: EatingWell Magazine, May 2020

Andrea Nguyen


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Associated Recipes


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and salt. Cook, stirring frequently and reducing the heat as necessary, until very dark golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and cook until fragrant, 15 to 30 seconds. Stir in water, tomato paste, liquid aminos, ground mushrooms and pepper. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and pasty, 15 to 18 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and stir in nutritional yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes to concentrate and meld flavors. Transfer to a mini food processor and process until smooth.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

43 calories; 2.5 g total fat; 0.2 g saturated fat; 246 mg sodium. 117 mg potassium; 4.4 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 1.6 g protein; 82 IU vitamin a iu; 3 mg vitamin c; 6 mcg folate; 10 mg calcium; 7 mg magnesium;