Brighten up that dinner plate with these colorful Rainbow Noodles!

These noodles are a great way to add a splash of color to any meal. This recipe is guaranteed to turn those beige bland noodles into a bright edible party favor for a kids’ birthday party or to simply encourage the pickiest eater to eat their food!

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Rainbow Noodles


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Why We Love this Recipe

  • This colorful pasta speaks for itself – colorful, fun, and easy to make. All it takes is some pasta and a little food coloring. Really, that is all!
  • Make different colored batches of these noodles, and toss them all together on the plate like a fun colorful salad.
  • These are the best for matching the color theme of a birthday party.  Make them with spaghetti, penne, linguine, or any shape of pasta.
  • Serve these with some cheesy bread, or serve them alongside this simple meatball recipe.

uncooked spaghetti noodles and four colours of food colouring

Ingredients & Variations

PASTA Spaghetti is the most visually stunning of the colored pasta varieties. However, any shape of pasta will turn into a colorful creation.

FOOD COLORING The food coloring that works the best is the neon food coloring. This will make a bright plate of vibrant vibes!

green spaghetti noodles in a colander

How to Make Colored Pasta

This colored pasta is a plateful of fun that the kids will love!

  1. Bring the water to a boil and add food coloring.
  2. Pour in noodles and cook (per recipe below).

Be sure to cook each color of desired noodles separately and enjoy the rainbow on your plate!

red, green, blue, and orange spaghetti noodles on a plate

Tips for Bright Colorful Pasta

  • Use a different pot of water to boil, for each different colored noodle. For instance, for two different colored noodles use two pots.
  • It is important to add the food coloring to the water and to bring it to a boil. This will allow the color to spread into the water, making it distribute evenly into the noodles.
  • If mixing colors, don’t add too many different ones. The color will turn out black! Follow the directions on the back of the food coloring box, for combining and mixing colors to make colors.
  • Have leftovers? Store them in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and reheat to enjoy. Or use them to create a fun taste safe sensory experience for your little ones!

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Colored Pasta Noodles

This is sure to make even the pickiest child happy! It's SO easy and the kids will love it. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author The Shortcut Kitchen


  • 1 box noodles
  • liquid food coloring I used neon colors
  • water


  • Use one pot of water for each different color you would like to use for the pasta.
  • To each pot add enough food coloring to change the color of the water then bring to a boil.
  • Boil noodles until cooked.
  • Strain and rinse each pot of noodles individually.
  • Rinse the noodles, combine and serve!!


  • Use a different pot of water for each different colored noodle. 
  • Add the food coloring to the water before adding the pasta for even color coverage. 
  • Follow the directions on your food coloring box for combining and mixing colors. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course dinner
Cuisine American

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  1. What fun noodles, my little ones will love this. Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. I would use these for kids to play with as a fun sensory experience. The bold colors are awesome! Just pinned!

  3. These bring to mind art projects! Free form and let dry. Wall hangings, suncatchers, candy baskets, etc….. SO cool!

  4. This is pretty cool, I’d love to try these and I don’t even have a kid at home now. Also thought of using this idea cooking macaroni for some neon colored macaroni salad. Now that’d be cool too. Thanks for the idea.