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Rainbow spaghetti for the whole family.
If there is one thing that I have learned being a mom is that if food is rainbow colored, then my kid is probably going to eat it and maybe ask for more. Is pasta supposed to look like something you would see a unicorn making at home? No, no it’s not, but for whatever reason, it is a kid favorite. Maybe its the whimsical nature of purple pasta, who knows. In our house, it started as a little bit of an experiment to see if it would even work, but it quickly turned into a once a month (but every day requested) meal.
Half the fun in eating rainbow pasta is making it of course so grab your apron and your favorite cooking buddy and get ready to get started. To make this fun meal, you will need spaghetti cooked to perfection (I used one pound), water, zip lock bags, and of course food coloring. You’ll also need some butter and parmesan cheese. Now if rainbows aren’t your thing, you can, of course, stick to whatever colors you do like, or that go with a dinner theme (reds, purples, oranges, etc. for Halloween red and green for Christmas, pink and plain for Valentine’s Day, etc.).
How to make it:
The first step is cooking the pasta to be used for the rainbow spaghetti. Check the box for cooking instructions.
While the soon to be rainbow pasta is on the stove is a great time to prepare your ziplock bags. We used six different bags for six different colors. Start by pouring two tablespoons of water into each bag. After you’ve decided on what colors to make, drop 20 drops per color into the water bags. We decided to play around with a few colors, and it proved to be interesting.
When the pasta has reached perfection, drain it and rinse with cool water. Divide the pasta up into the prepared baggies. I suggest working one bag at a time because I found that putting the pasta in all the bags at once made it a little harder to get an even food coloring covering (try saying that five times fast). To coat the spaghetti close it in the food coloring bag and seal it. Now gently squeeze and knead the bag to coat the noodles evenly. Coating the rainbow spaghetti could be an excellent job for the kids to do, my six-year-old loved it!
As you finish each color batch, rinse the excess color off by placing the noodles in a colander and running water over them. Next, put all the colored noodles in one super rainbow bowl and coat with melted butter to taste and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.