Before we get to the actual content of the topic at hand here, let’s talk a little about why we even need colored pasta in the first place. Isn’t that a very peculiar and weirdly specific thing to do? Yes, it is. And if you are a parent, it probably is not the only weird thing you have done.
People do use multi-colored pasta to add an aesthetic element to the edibility, but colors are particularly useful if you have a child who is either a picky eater or needs constant entertainment to do just about anything.
It is pretty funny to witness children get fascinated by colorful things, and parents use their curiosity to do things like eating or even engaging in sensory activities. Coloring pasta noodles can be of particular use here; it looks good at fancy parties, kids can play with it, they will probably prefer eating it too as opposed to regular pasta.
While there are many alternatives out there to color pasta, including watercolors and food coloring, we think we should utilize some healthy, toxin-free, chemical-free ways to get the job done.
Whether you are coloring home-made pasta dough or adding liquids to boxed noodles, here’s how to make colored pasta the natural way.
Beetroots used in high concentration give off a rich restaurant-quality pink-purple look. Moreover, you choose to make a puree and mix it with the dough slowly, or you can make juice out of the beetroots and mix it with the pasta. Either way, the process is straightforward.
The Process for a Pink Puree:
The Process for Pink Juice
Blue is pretty much rare in plants for obvious reasons, but there are some hacks to get this color. One of these hacks includes adding some base, like baking soda, to red cabbage. Red cabbages are the most common item used to make blue dye, and here’s how to do it.
Remember not to add too much baking soda or the paste will start tasting awful.
It is also essential to make sure not to add anything acidic to this mixture, or it would go back to being purplish blue.
Spinach is notorious as food that people are opposed to eating; in fact, there is an entire cartoon that was made to get kids to eat spinach. Here’s another way to get kids to try spinach:
Method 1: Heat it
Method 2: Make a Puree
Anyone who has been cooking for a while knows how to make tomato sauce; you can pretty much use that to color your pasta orange. Here are an easy few steps to do it just in case:
Remember to use fully ripe tomatoes; otherwise, the color would be partially orange.
Turmeric is probably one of the ingredients in the kitchen almost notorious for the yellow coloring that gets hard to rub off your fingers. You can use it for your pasta too by using the following methods:
Method 1: Using Turmeric Powder Directly
Method 2: Turmeric Powder With Eggs
Method 3: Boiled Turmeric