This Easy DIY Rainbow Pasta Will Amaze Kids

  • The solution to any problem these days might as well be “add a rainbow.” (The other solution to any problem is “smother it in cheese.”) Surprise your kiddos’ with a colourful dinner makeover with this easy rainbow pasta tossed with butter and parmesan cheese for an easy dinner even the pickiest eaters will love! While us adults might not find rainbow pasta particularly appetizing to look at, kids will be amazed! Be warned though – now they’ll ask for it every time.


    You might be thinking you’ll never have time for this rainbow pasta DIY, but it only takes minutes! The colour begins working instantly so you achieve vibrant colours very quickly. Then you rinse the noodles and serve with your desired sauces or toppings. To keep the rainbow noodles showing, I toss them in butter and parmesan, but your kids’ favourite sauce will still make this a *magical* meal. It’s easy to make rainbow noodles ahead of time or plan the exact amount of pasta for a serving.

    Here how to make your own rainbow pasta for kids! 

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    Easy Rainbow Pasta

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    • Choice of noodles, cooked
    • Food colouring
    • Ziplock bags
    • Butter, optional
    • Shredded parmesan cheese, optional


    Step 1: Cook noodles according to package instructions. Any noodles will work! Strain and run with cool water to stop noodles from cooking. 

    Step 2: In each ziplock bag, combine about 1-2 tbsp water and 4-8 drops of food colouring until vibrant. Adjust the ratios of water and food colouring according to how much pasta you're dyeing. Repeat with a bag of each colour for your rainbow (I used pink, blue, purple, green and yellow).

    Step 3: Add about the same amount of noodles to each bag and close tightly. Squish lightly with your hands to distribute the colour. Set noodles sit in food colouring for 1-2 minutes. 

    Step 4: Strain the noodles again (one colour at a time) and rinse with water until it runs clear. Move rinsed pasta to a plate or storage container.  

    Step 5: Melt butter in noodles and top with shredded parmesan if desired. Otherwise, top with desired sauce, leave plain or store in an airtight container for later. Colours may transfer between noodles over time.