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Colorful Rainbow Pasta


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  • Pasta
  • Food coloring
  • Parmesan cheese, grated



Step 1

Cook pasta to 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.

Halloween idea: Break most of the pasta into 2-inch pieces and cook in one pot. In second pot, cook remaining pasta, broken in half. Color the short pasta green for grass, color the longer pasta a reddish brown for worms. Change Parmesan clouds to long grub-like shapes and bake as directed. (You could also color the Parmesan green and make snakes.)

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