How to Color Pasta

Do you like the seasonal pasta you find in stores during the holidays?  Today I’m going to show you how simple it is to color your own pasta.

I was inspired by this pretty painted pasta made by Kelly at Smart School House and decided to make an edible version.  And you won’t believe how simple it is.  I added a bit of water to green paste food coloring {perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, right?}, stirred it up …

… and dipped farfalle pasta halfway into it.  I placed the pasta on wax paper and let it dry completely.

The dry pasta held the color so well.  Wouldn’t a bag of colored pasta make a cute hostess gift?

When cooked, the dye will come out into the water, turning the entire batch of pasta that color but it looks no different than the colored pasta you buy at the store.

The colored pasta was so quick to make and I love the vivid color … I can’t wait to serve it up on St. Patrick’s Day!

Randi Dukes About Randi Dukes

I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. That is very cute!! I’d like to try this with some kind of vegetable dyes and see if it’s possible to do it with those too!

  2. So cute…my daughter would love it!!

  3. So cute! The possibilities are endless too. You could do this for parties and get togethers. Great idea!

  4. This is so cute! Great gift idea!

  5. Not would that be fun to eat it would be fun to use for crafts!

  6. My girls would love this – we can leave some for our leprechaun – Shamus O’Toole!

  7. Very cute!

  8. Just pinned for next years St Paddys Day :))

  9. Do I need to worry about the colors running?

    • Randi Dukes Randi Dukes says:

      If you let them fully dry, the colors won’t run while the pasta is hard. The color will run into the entire piece of pasta when you cook them though … but they’ll look just like the ones you buy at the store.

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