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 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.