These colourful noodles are very easy to make and completely natural. You can use this recipe to dye any kind of pasta or noodles a bright vibrant colour without any e-numbers or anything artificial in sight.
The best thing about these noodles is they are all coloured naturally using vegetables or spices. No bottles of food colourings are used. These can contain lots of nasties, affect the flavour negatively and many people have reactions to artificial colourings.
As colourful as these noodles are they are actually just coloured with cabbage, beetroot and turmeric! The different vegetables and turmeric actually give a bit of flavour also. This dish may not be as nutrient dense as we normally do, but sometimes when you just want a plate of carbohydrates it will plug the gap.
Natural Rainbow Noodles Recipe
- Total time: 30m
- Yield: 4 servings
- Calories: 240 cal
Yellow natural dye
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1 cup / 250 ml water
Purple natural dye
- 1/5 red cabbage, juiced
Blue natural dye
- 1/5 red cabbage, juiced
- 1 tsp baking soda
Red natural dye
- beetroot, cooking juice
Green natural dye
- mix together 50 / 50 blue and yellow dye
Noodles or pasta
8.8 oz / 250 g noodles or pasta, I used gluten free rice/corn noodles for the video
- 3 tbsp ground almonds
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp cold pressed oil, optional but helps to combine
How to make
- Juice the red cabbage and then separate into two bowls. One will be your purple dye and the other add 1 tsp baking soda to make blue.
- Boil 1 tbsp turmeric with 1 cup / 250 ml water for 2 mins. Strain and you have your yellow dye.
- For red either boil beetroot for a few mins in water and use this water or just drain off the juice from pre-cooked vacuum packed beetroot (without vinegar).
- Mix together half of the yellow and blue (50 / 50) to make green.
- Cook the noodles/pasta that you are using until they are al dente so still have a bit of a bite, they will soften when soaked in the dye.
- Then separate the noodles/pasta into 5 bowls.
- Mix 4-6 tbsp of the natural food dyes with the noodles and leave to colour for 20 mins. Stir half way through.
- Mix all the ingredients for the vegan parmesan in a bowl.
- Drain the noodles from the dye and then mix all the noodles and sprinkle with the vegan parmesan.
- You can enjoy these cold or just put in the oven or microwave for a few mins to heat up.
Natural Rainbow Noodles Video Recipe
I used gluten free noodles for this, but you can use any you like. Remember to cook the noodles al dente, so 1-2 mins less than they need. Then they will soften up perfectly when they are left in the natural food dyes. White noodles take the dye the best – I used white rice and corn gluten free noodles for the video. But even brown rice noodles will take the dye, they just won’t be as bright.
The vegan parmesan is made from ground almonds, garlic, nutritional yeast and salt. Just these mixed together will give a cheesy nutty salty taste but is full of heart healthy fats from the nuts. Also, nutritional yeast is great for people following a vegan or plant-based diet as it is full of b vitamins, folic acid and some brands have added b12. In the video I didn’t use any oil but if you use oil the parmesan alternative does stick together more.
These noodles are also great with basil leaves and chopped tomatoes. I didn’t include any photos with basil or tomatoes as it did take away from the rainbow effect. Serve them with any sauce you like and the veggie spice flavour is so mild that it will blend with most flavours. I like this best with a cashew and basil pesto.