Umami Paste


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).

Prep Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
3 /4 cup


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped

  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • 1 ½ tablespoons liquid aminos

  • ¼ ounce dried porcini or other dried mushrooms, finely ground

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Associated Recipe

Umami Veggie Burgers

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

43 Calories
3g Fat
4g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 Tbsp.
Calories 43
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 3%
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Vitamin A 82IU 2%
Vitamin C 3mg 4%
Folate 6mcg 1%
Sodium 246mg 11%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 7mg 2%
Potassium 117mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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