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How to Make Colored Pasta

Making colored pasta is a thousand times easier than you thought and this is kind of a dual post since this is kind of a craft project – that you can eat! March is National Craft Month – by the way, so expect a lot more craft related posts from us. And in addition it’s alto a St. Patrick’s day post, surprise! Rainbows!

This recipe is maybe TOO CUTE. It involves food coloring though so go ahead and change into a dark color before starting.

You’ll Need

  • 1 lb. dry spaghetti
  • Food Coloring
  • Sandwich bags (with a zipper top)



  1. Cook pasta until it is al dente according to package instructions
  2. While you’re waiting for your pasta to cook, combine about 2 tablespoons of water and 20 drops of food coloring in a large zip top bag. Repeat with however many additional colors you would like, and if you’re interesting in making rainbow pasta, we all know how many colors you’ll need then: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
  3. When pasta is finished cooking, transfer pasta to a large colander to drain then rinse pasta in cold water to halt the cooking.
  4. Transfer the pasta in even portions to the prepared zip top bags and seal them… this might be a good time to get the kids involved by shifting the bag around to coat the noodles in color and then let each bag sit for at least 1 minute to soak up the color
  5. Transfer one color at a time to the colander and rinse with cold water to remove any extra food coloring. Then transfer the pasta back to your original pot. Repeat with the remaining colors of pasta. Toss all of the colors of pasta together to combine the colors
  6. Serve the pasta with your kid’s favorite sauce, or even just butter and parmesan!


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