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Easy Rainbow Pasta

Have fun with the kids while making this cool and vibrant rainbow pasta!

Easy Rainbow Pasta
Easy Rainbow Pasta
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Perfect for holidays and other special occasions, this rainbow pasta recipe is sure to be a hit with your family. Little ones will love dying pasta noodles all the colors of the rainbow, and they'll especially love getting to eat them afterward.

Make Halloween super scary with blood-red spaghetti, or make St. Patrick's Day one to remember with beautiful bright green shells. With this easy recipe, you can literally eat the rainbow!

We'll walk to you through the process step by step, so your noodles turn out just as fun and crazy as ours did. We hope you enjoy this interactive eating experience. 

Yields4 servings

Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time20 min

CostInexpensive

Easy

Kid FriendlyYes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry fettucine, or other pasta
  • Food coloring (rainbow colors)

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions.

  2. While pasta is cooking, combine about 2 tablespoons of water and 20 drops of food coloring in a large zip-top plastic bag. 

  3. Repeat with however many additional colors you would like.

  4. When pasta is finished cooking, transfer pasta to a large colander to drain. Rinse it in cold water.

  5. Transfer the pasta in even portions to the prepared zip-top bags and seal. Wear gloves, and use your hands to carefully combine the pasta and food coloring.

  6. Let each bag sit for at least 1 minute to soak in the bright colors!

  7. Then, one color at a time, transfer a bag of pasta back to the colander and rinse with cold water to remove any extra food coloring. 

  8. Then transfer the pasta back to your original pot. 

  9. Repeat with the remaining colors of pasta. 

  10. Toss all of the colors of pasta together to combine the colors.

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This is such a fun and creative idea, and a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen! The only qualm I have is that I am trying to stay away from artificial colors, as they may not be so good for you. I would definitely try this using natural food coloring. Color Garden is a great brand to use - it is 100% plant based and available online!

Why not just buy a box of tri-colored pasta?

Definitely another way to go!

Food should look like food. Most food coloring is just unhealthy chemicals and have been linked to hyperactivity. Even if the person doesn't get hyper, it really isn't good for them. If you want to color your pasta, please choose natural food dyes. They are out there. You just may need to look. Just cause something is sold on the store shelves doesn't mean it won't harm you.

Thanks for your comment Ruthep. While we support your and everyone's decision to eat as healthy as possible, we are not a health-first food website. We try to include as many options for healthy eating as we can, however, this pasta was meant to be a fun food video for our Facebook live series. We certainly don't recommend eating food with colored dyes in it as part of a regular diet.

Omg, what a creative and fun idea this is. When I saw the picture and title I thought it was gonna be so complicated, but I'm pleasantly surprised to see how easy and basically effortless it is to make colorful pasta. This would be so cool to do for different holidays...can you imagine pastel pasta for Easter or red pasta for Valentines Day?

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