This rainbow pasta is an awesome dish to make for a brightly colored rainbow spaghetti lunch, a fun theme party like Noah’s Ark, or even to dye cooked pasta for sensory play!
When my daughter was five, she asked me to read her Noah’s Ark book to her.
(Who doesn’t love the Noah’s Ark story, right?)
After, she said she wanted to make a Noah’s Ark cooking craft and, after some discussion, we decided to try rainbow spaghetti noodles.
If you aren’t familiar with the story, in the end God sends a rainbow to Noah and his family to let them know that he will never flood the world like that again.
So, rainbow spaghetti sounded fun to go with this theme.
How do you dye pasta for eating?
So, how do you dye pasta for eating? I think you’re going to be surprised at just how easy this process is! First you need to cook and drain your pasta and let it cool slightly. Then portion your pasta into bowls or resealable plastic bags. You’ll need to portion it into as many colors that you will be using. For example, for our rainbow pasta we used red, blue, green, and orange. We portioned our pasta to dye into four different resealable bags. Then, add 10-20 drops of food coloring into each of the bags with the pasta. Massage and move the pasta around in the bag (or bowl) until you receive the desired color.
We use resealable bags instead of bowls because we’ve found that the noodles get coated with the food coloring better.
How do you dye cooked pasta for sensory play?
If you want to dye cooked pasta for sensory play, the process is the same as described above. Add cooked pasta to a bowl and then add 10-20 drops of food coloring. Toss to coat. It’s a fun process for the kids, so let them enjoy the coloring part, too!
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Rainbow Pasta paired with Noah’s Ark
We have a great Noah’s Ark board book by Lucy Cousins that was out of print for a while, but now it looks like it’s available again!
(We even had this Little People Noah’s Ark that she used to play with while I was reading her the book!)
It really is a sweet book and this is definitely one of those books that we’ll put away in our keepsake box because it holds so many great memories as one of my daughter’s favorite books.
If you’re past the board book stage, that’s OK!
Luckily, there are many, many really cool Noah’s Ark children’s books on the market, so you’ll have a lot to choose from.
Here are some great Noah’s Ark books to go along with this recipe:
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Rainbow Pasta Recipe
- 16 Ounce Box dried spaghetti noodles
- Food coloring of choice
- Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and let cool slightly.
- Portion noodles into resealable plastic bags (or bowls).
- Add 10-20+ drops of one food coloring to the first bowl. Mix until you get the desired color. (If you're using a resealable plastic bag, add the color, seal the bag, and then use your hands to massage the noodles around in the color, turning the bag as you go.)
- Repeat the process with the second food coloring in the next bowl/bag of noodles.
- Repeat until all the noodles have been colored.
- Top with butter or favorite pasta sauce. (Or, leave plain for sensory play.)
- Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.