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If you think regular pasta is good, wait'll you see how to make rainbow pasta. It's positively magical!


Pasta is ... pasta. Until you turn it every color of the rainbow!

Check out our easy tutorial on how to make Rainbow Pasta. You'll want to invite everyone over for a rainbow pasta dinner!

 

Colorful Noodles


Noodles start out pretty bland. But we're going to change all of that.

 

Linguini recipe

First, cook linguine or spaghetti noodles al dente according to package instructions.

 

Bags of colored noodles

While the pasta is cooking, get the food coloring ready. You can use whatever colors you want, but here we used red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Add about 20 drops of each food coloring and 2 tablespoons water to Ziplock bags.

When the pasta is done, drain it in a strainer and immediately run cold water over it to halt the cooking.

Transfer the pasta, portioning it as you go, into the bags of food coloring. Seal the bags, and mix the pasta and food coloring until well-combined. Let each bag sit for at least a minute.

 

Rainbow pasta all mixed together

Then one by one, return each batch of colored noodles to your strainer, give it a second cold-water rinse, and transfer it back to your pot. When all of the colors of pasta have been rinsed and are back in the pot, toss the noodles together until you have a colorful mix.

 

Rainbow pasta recipe

Serve with your favorite pasta toppings -- or with our Parmesan-crisp clouds (see below for instructions).

 

Parmesan Crisps


Parmesan crisps make the perfect companion to Rainbow Pasta because they look like little clouds! Here's how to make them:

 

Parmesan cheese for crisps

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with a Silpat mat or sheet of parchment paper, and place about 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese in an even circle. (A cookie cutter makes this easy, as shown.)

Then bake for 4-5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the edges just begin to brown. Remove from parchment paper and allow to cool before serving. (These can be made ahead of the pasta.)

 

Rainbow pasta with Parmesan clouds

Rainbow pasta and Parmesan-crips clouds. What a meal!

Ali loves music and fun food! Check out her great stuff at her blog site, Gimme Some Oven, and her Tablespoon profile -- and keep watching Quick Dish to see what colorful, nommy recipes she dreams up next!
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