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Tips for Making Neon Pasta.. or Why You Should Make Neon Pasta

Neon Pasta

I first posted these photos in 2012 as a fun tribute to the opening of Disney’s the Lorax. This answers the question of why I originally wanted to make neon pasta. Yes, the broccoli was meant to represent the trees from the movie and the blue alfredo sauce- the river.  But after my neon pasta photo was listed as a Pinterest favorite photo of the day and has been shared thousands of times, I figured that maybe more than Lorax fans would want to cook up some neon pasta of their own.  Here’s my tips to making your pasta pop (we’ll answer the “why” later):

The Lorax Pasta

Toni’s Tips for Making Neon Pasta

Tip #1:  Choose A Fun Shape

Bowtie, penne, elbow, or my favorite- cavatappi pasta…. the purpose behind making neon pasta should undoubtedly determine its shape. Having a rainbow-themed party? Elbow. Want to bring the 80’s to dinner? Linguine.  And, for a formal affair, use bowtie, of course.

Tip #2:  Use Premium Food Dye

You can use an entire bottle of a cheap grocery store food dye and it still won’t give you the bright colors a professional food dye can (can you say “Pinterest fail”?). My favorite dyes are Wilton and Duff, which can both be found in Michaels or Walmart. In fact, Duff has a special line of neon colors like “Electric Pink” and “Electric Purple”.

Tip 3:  Don’t Toss Your Gold (your pasta water, that is)

If you follow any of my tips, you’ll want to follow this one. I call my pasta water liquid gold because I save it to the side for when my pasta gets dry and dehydrated, I simply splash some pasta water over the pasta to get it shiny again.  Take a glass measuring cup and scoop out the water before draining the pasta, one cup for every half pound of pasta.

scoop out pasta water

Tip #4:  Don’t Mix Your Water

Yes, you will have to boil each color individually (I know, duh). I start with my lightest color first and work my way up to the darkest colors. This makes saving your pasta water to rehydrate the pasta even more critical. The alternative is to get out three or four pots and boil them at the same time in separate pots, but personally, I only like to wash one pot.

 

Why You Want to Make Neon Pasta (come on, you know you want to)

I know you’re probably searching your brain for a reason to make neon pasta by now, right? The truth is that it’s just a fun touch to a party. Here are my reasons:

Reason #1:  80’s Themed Party

A few years ago I threw an 80’s themed party for my niece and thought a nice addition to some pizza would be a big bowl of neon spaghetti with their choice of marinara or alfredo sauce to top. It turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the party when I only thought it would be just a nice added touch. The girls talked about it all night.  You can read more about it here:

80s party

Reason #2:  Beach Themed Party

Okay, I might have gone a bit too far with this one. A friend was having beach-themed party for her daughter and needed some help so I made some “Surf’s Up Pasta” (blue cavatappi pasta for the waves) with a choice of Shark Attack Sauce (marinara) or “Sunset Sauce” (alfredo).  Yep.  Big hit.

Surfs Up Pasta

 

Reason 3#:  Because It’s Fun

Do you really need a reason to make neon pasta?  If you do, please refer to reasons 2 & 3 above.

Share Your Neon Pasta Photo #OrganizedCook

If you decide that neon pasta should be served at your next party and decide to take a photo, please tag me at @OrganizedCook on Instagram or Twitter, or post a photo to my Facebook.  Would love to share it with the rest of our readers!

 

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the Lorax Movie Release on DVD

Today’s the day for Universal Studios Home Entertainment to release the  Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax DVD.

To celebrate the release, we’re highlighting our Lorax Pasta Dinner Makeover.  Get the recipe here:

Lorax Pasta Recipe

Lorax Dinner Makeover

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Lorax Pasta Dinner

Lorax Pasta Dinner

Lorax Pasta Dinner

Ingredients

  • Cavatappi Pasta- 1 lb
  • Food coloring- Wilton or Duff's Electric Pink, Orange and Yellow (found at Michael's or Walmart)
  • steam-ready broccoli florets- 8 oz.
  • steam-ready asparagus tips- 8 oz.
  • Alfredo sauce- 1 jar

Instructions

  1. Fill pasta pan with water and add 4-5 drops of food coloring (one color at a time) and a teaspoon of salt; mix well
  2. Bring to boil
  3. Add one-third of pasta and boil in salted water until tender
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for additional two colors
  5. Steam broccoli and asparagus
  6. Transfer pasta to serving bowl and top with steamed broccoli and asparagus
  7. Combine blue food coloring and Alfredo sauce to mix well, then drizzle over the top of pasta to create a river
http://tonispilsbury.com/lorax-pasta-dinner/

 

Lorax Pasta Recipe

 

Lorax Pasta Recipe

 

 

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Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

  • Crunchy Ranch Chicken Tenders (click on link below for recipe)
  • Spaghetti sauce- 1 jar of your favorite
  • Shredded parmesan cheese- 1 cup
  • (half of 16oz. bag)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Line chicken fingers side by side in a casserole or baking dish
  3. Pour spaghetti sauce over the top
  4. Top with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese
  5. Bake until heated thoroughly, approximately 11 minutes
http://tonispilsbury.com/chicken-parmesan/

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Chicken Parmesan

Homemade Chicken Tenders Recipe

Crunchy Ranch Chicken Tenders

Chicken Parmesan is perfect with the following side dish:

Spaghetti With Butter Sauce

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti pasta- 1 package
  • Heavy cream (use milk if you don’t have cream)- 1/2 cup
  • STAPLES
  • Butter- 2 tbspns
  • Flour- 1/2 tbspn

Instructions

  1. Boil spaghetti in salted water until tender
  2. Drain pasta and don’t return to the pan yet
  3. Return empty pan to stove over medium-high heat; add butter until melted
  4. Add flour and sauté for about a minute
  5. Add cream or milk; stir
  6. Add cooked spaghetti to butter mixture and toss in the mixture
http://tonispilsbury.com/chicken-parmesan/

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Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti & Butter Sauce

 

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