Squid Ink Two Ways

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Appears in
Plant-Based Gourmet

By Suzannah Gerber

Published 2021

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This delicious and surprising sauce goes very well with either black rice or black bean pasta to enhance the intended “squid ink” color. The marriage of umami and sweet flavors and the seaweed blend is an unusual combination that reveals more of itself the more you eat it.


  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 12 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 10 pieces dried


  1. Lightly toast the walnuts in a dry pan for 6 minutes. Combine the walnuts, shiitake mushrooms, and porcini mushrooms with 3 cups warm water and set aside to soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Cook the black bean pasta or black forbidden rice according to the package directions, with