I saw this adorable recipe on the Food Network website for Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad and knew that my little chef would love it. But of course we added our fun little spin on it and got a little messy in the process.For this recipe we decided to have fun with food coloring. You will need: Bow Tie Pasta, Frozen Mixed Vegetables, Olive Oil, Food Coloring, Zip Lock Bags, a Mixing Bowl & Spoon and Italian Dressing (not pictured – will explain later)
Now the pasta should be done cooking. Sous Chef Mommies can help their little chef by draining the pasta then running cool water over it. Transfer the cooled pasta to a bowl then the chef can then place a few spoonful of pasta in each bag.
SOUS CHEF MOMMY TIP:Cooking can be a great time to reinforce school lessons. Use this recipe as a great opportunity to talk about math & division!
While your little chef is shaking it up with the pasta, Sous Chef Mommies can heat up the mixed veggies on the pot. I just added the frozen veggies in a pot over medium heat for about 7-8 minutes. Here we used a mix of corn, carrots, peas and green beans. But feel free to use whichever mix you like.
Next your little chef can open a small hole on the side of the plastic baggies to drain the excess water from each bag. Then add a little water to each bag to rinse any excess coloring from the pasta. Then drain again with a small hole on the side. Your little chef is ready to add they pasta is the mixing bowl.
After tasting the pasta salad, the chef suggested we add salt. When I tasted it, I suggested we add some Italian dressing. So we added a bit of both. Here is where you can work together to discuss seasonings and flavors.
- 8 oz bow tie pasta
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Italian Dressing
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Cook pasta and frozen mixed vegetables according to instructions
- While pasta and veggies are cooking, combine about 2 tablespoons of water and 20 drops of food coloring in a large zip top bag. Repeat with however many additional colors you would like.
- When pasta is finished cooking, transfer pasta to a large colander to drain. Then immediately rinse it in cold water to halt the cooking.
- Transfer the pasta in even portions to the prepared zip top bags and seal. Shake zipper bag to combine the pasta and food coloring, and then let each bag sit for at least 1 minute to soak up the color.
- Drain and rinse colored pasta to remove excess coloring. In a large bowl, toss cooled pasta and mixed veggies. Add olive oil, Italian dressing and salt & pepper to bowl. Then mix and enjoy!