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Rainbow Pasta
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 4
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Rainbow Pasta

I think this definitely falls in the "kicking pasta up a notch" category!


Colored Pasta:

pound dry spaghetti, linguini (pictured), or other favorite pasta
Food coloring

Parmesan Clouds:

cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1 Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions.
  • 2 While pasta is cooking, 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. (shown are 6 colors -- red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.)
  • 3 When pasta is finished cooking, transfer pasta to a large collander to drain. Then immediately rinse it in cold water to halt the cooking.
  • 4 Transfer the pasta in even portions to the prepared zip top bags and seal. Use your hands to carefully combine the pasta and food coloring, and then let each bag sit for at least 1 minute to soak up the color.
  • 5 Then, one color at a time, transfer a bag of pasta back to the collander 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. Serve and enjoy.
  • 6 PARMESAN CLOUDS: To make the Parmesan clouds to accompany the pasta, preheat your oven to 350°F. Then, on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper, place about 2 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese in a flat circle. You can use a cookie cutter to help you shape the circles, if desired. Bake for 4-5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the edges just begin to brown, then remove and let sit for at least 2 minutes. Peel off and serve.
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Colorful Rainbow Pasta

As prepared by Gimme Some Oven,

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!

Rainbow pasta with Parmesan clouds

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.

Linguini recipe

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.

Bags of colored noodles

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.

Rainbow pasta all mixed together

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.)

Parmesan cheese for crisps

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.

Rainbow pasta recipe

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!

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Serving Size: 1 Serving
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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