My son just hit the picky stage of toddlerhood where he won’t eat *just anything.* This Rainbow Pasta meets all the requirements for his approval — it looks tasty, would be fun to play with, and involves spaghetti.
Who knew that once I learned how to dye pasta, my food worries would be over! That’s a win for mom!
Sometimes you’ve just got to get creative with dinner, especially when dealing with picky eaters.
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Easy Rainbow Pasta Noodles
How to dye pasta to eat seems way more complicated than it actually is – one of the few things that turn out easier to do than you might think! We are going to use spaghetti noodles today because that is my son’s favorite pasta, but you could use other type of noodles as well. I like the rainbow rotini or colorful macaroni or dying noodles for a pasta salad!
Ingredients you need to dye pasta
How to dye pasta noodles
Cook the spaghetti noodles al dente, according to package directions and strain.
You’ll need one Ziploc bag for each color of pasta you want to make. Add two tablespoons of warm water to each bag and add about 20 drops of food coloring to the water.
Note: If you would prefer to use natural food dyes <–check out Kids Activities Blog’s article about 15 ways to make food coloring that is organic & natural.
Put the strained noodles into the bags, and mix the colored water all around.
Strain each bag individually, and rinse with cold water to remove excess food coloring.
Once all the colors are dyed separately…
Mix all the noodles together to get a colorful bowl of rainbow pasta.
Dyed noodle toppings
Your kids will be so excited to try these colorful noodles. And wouldn’t this make a fun way to serve pasta salad?
Because you want the colors to show through, it is best to top with a little butter or olive oil instead of a sauce like tomatoes. Pesto works great too.
Or even better — throw it in a tub for a fun and creative sensory bin!
You could even have a rainbow-themed dinner, with yummy rainbow cupcakes as dessert!
More Rainbow Ideas from Kids Activities Blog
- 100s of rainbow ideas for kids
- Rainbow Cupcakes
- 25 Rainbow Foods for Kids <–this is pictured above with all sorts of yummy colorful food ideas that the entire family will love!
- Healthy rainbow snack
More Pasta Recipes from Kids Activities Blog
- One pot pasta recipes that make dinner a breeze!
- Chili pasta that is my family’s favorite recipe!
- Have you tried pizza pasta recipe? Everything that is good in one place.
- Let’s make pasta art!
Did you and your family enjoy this fun recipe?
Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear!