Love the ombré look but not ready to commit to trying it on yourself? Take a stab at something less permanent but equally delightful: these pink and purple noodles. With a few everyday pantry items and 20 minutes of time, you'll be eating this playful take on Japanese somen.

Pink and Purple Ombré Noodles

Pink and Purple Ombré Noodles

Ingredients

3 bundles somen noodles
3 cups beet juice or red wine
5 cups vegetable broth
1 tablespoon garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup ginger, finely minced
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
3/4 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/2 cup green and white scallions, thinly cut
2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
1/4 cup pickled ginger

Directions

  1. Cook somen noodles in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes until done, or according to package directions. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Dip 1 end of the noodles into a bowl filled with beet juice (or red wine), and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix vegetable broth, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Bring to a simmer for 2 minutes, and then remove from heat.
  4. Divide noodles among 6 bowls, ladling each bowl with 1/2 cup of broth. Garnish each serving with scallions, sesame seeds, and pickled ginger.