I think this definitely falls into the “kicking pasta up a notch” category…
The rainbow recipes on Tablespoon continue today with this fun new one – Rainbow Pasta
Plain spaghetti was by far one of my favorite foods as a kiddo, especially being an uber picky eater. But I’m pretty sure our spaghetti never looked like THIS!
In fact, if it had, I’m imagining my mom could have hidden all sorts of extra veggies and good stuff in there without us kids noticing.
But regardless of what sauce, veggies, or other ingredients you might like to serve with this pasta, the fun rainbow technique will definitely make this rainbow pasta the talk of the dinner table.
And to complete the “rainbow”, I’ve also included a quick tutorial for making these quick and easy little Parmesan “clouds”. Too cute!
Here’s the how to…
First, you begin with the main ingredient: CARBS. Err, I mean, pasta. I used linguine, but you can pretty much use whatever shape of pasta you’d like.
Cook it al dente according to the package instructions. But while it’s cooking, prepare your large Ziplock bags of food coloring.
I used six colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple), but you can use however many colors you prefer. Add about 20 drops of food coloring and 2 tablespoons water to each bag.
Then once the pasta is done, drain it and then immediately run cold water over it in a strainer or colander to halt the cooking.
Transfer the pasta, portioning it as you go, into the bags of food coloring. Then seal the bags, and mix the pasta and food coloring until well-combined. Let each bag sit for at least a minute.
Then one by one, return each bag to your strainer, give the pasta a second cold water rinse, and then transfer the pasta back into your pot. When all of the colors of pasta have returned, toss the pasta together until the colors are combined.
And then serve! You can top with your favorite sauce or toppings.
Or if you want to be cute and add some “clouds” to your rainbow of pasta, you can make these easy Parmesan crisps!
Just preheat your oven to 350 degrees. And then, covering a baking sheet with a Silpat mat or sheet of parchment paper, place about 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese in an even circle. (I used a cookie cutter to make my shapes.)
Then bake for 4-5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the edges just begin to brown…
And voila! Rainbow pasta with Parmesan clouds.
Cheers to more rainbow love!
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!