Adventures in Food Coloring: Rainbow Pasta Edition

Fact: I did not own food coloring before the pandemic. Now, I don't know how I'd live without it. Those tiny bottles of potent color water give my kids so much joy that I'll happily risk a rainbow of stains across my entire kitchen.

Blue oatmeal? Sure. Purple rice? Ok, fine. Pink cookies? Duh.

So, when we came across rainbow pasta....we sprinted to get to work! It really was enormously satisfying and fun. For the food coloring averse, check out our stain-free kitchen activities.

Here's how you do it:

Step 1: Grab your ingredients/supplies

  • Spaghetti

  • Food coloring: if you have all the colors to make a rainbow, awesome. If not, you can do some color mixing to make the colors (look, learning!) or just use whatever colors you have. No matter what, it will be the most exciting pasta experience ever.

  • Ziploc bags (you need one Ziploc bag for each color)

  • Olive oil

  • Water

  • Butter + Parmesan for flavor

Step 2: Cook the pasta + prep the bags

  • Cook the pasta as usual.

  • While the pasta is cooking, add 7-8 drops of food coloring and 2 tablespoons of water to each Ziploc bag.

  • Strain the pasta and put it in a big bowl. Pour a little olive oil on it to prevent it from sticking.

Step 3: Color the pasta

  • Divide the pasta "equally" between the Ziploc bags.

  • Shake it, shake it! Make sure the food coloring covers all of the pasta for the best effect.

  • Once the pasta is looking vibrant, dump it in the colander again and rinse the pasta with some water. Don't worry, the color won't come off.

Step 4: The picture worthy moment

Carefully place the pasta in a bowl to get the full rainbow effect, or just throw it in for a crazy nest of colors. Either way, slurping can begin immediately.

Step 5: Eat!

Add butter and Parmesan and enjoy! Listening to the Trolls soundtrack in the background is highly encouraged.

Bon appetit! Looking for more fun with food coloring? Try this super cool science experiment.


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