Every now and then a trend comes along that is so awesome you never want it to go away. And, if it starts to fade even just a little, it finds a spot to sit in the back of people’s minds, keeping them wondering what’s it going to do next.
Well ladies and gentlemen, the magic of the unicorn has abandoned Starbucks and found it’s new master: noodles.
And, I ain’t mad about that!
These noodles weren’t even dyed with food coloring. *gasp!* “But, how, Alisha? How!”
The answer is simple! All together Breaking Bad fans: science, b*tch!
Using cabbage, limes, and baking soda, I made the noodles change color from lavender, to pink, to blue. It’s so insanely easy that I hope y’all aren’t mad after you read this post. I mean… I’m mad that I hadn’t heard of this natural coloring myself! Oh, and I forgot to mention: this recipe is 100% clean. Yessssss.
I’m going to share the technique for dying the noodles, and pics of the recipe I used down below. By all means, please use whatever combination of veggies you want to! Feel free to add beef, chicken, shrimp, etc! I topped my noodles with soy sauce and some salt and pepper to taste, but didn’t picture the noodles with soy sauce because I wanted to capture the pure colors. Lets get started!
Here are all the ingredients I used minus baking soda. Take note of the type of noodles that I picked up from the Asian isle of my local grocery store. These noodles are light in color, almost translucent, and those are the kind of noodles you’ll want to use to get the bright colors.
Okay, first thing I did was roast the broccoli at 400 degrees for about ten minutes. I didn’t want them to lose their vibrant green color, so I didn’t cook them as long. Note: as you can see these aren’t your typical broccoli stems! They are baby broccoli florets and I found them right next to the regular bundles of broccoli.
Next I used my awesome spiraler on half of a yellow squash, drizzled it with olive oil, salt and pepper, and set aside. I can eat yellow squash raw, but if you prefer it cooked then prepare it the same way you did the broccoli and roast at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until tender.
Now on to the noodles! Chop off a chunk of the cabbage. You aren’t going to need a lot to turn the noodles purple. Save the left over cabbage for another recipe!
Fill a small pot a little less than halfway with water. The noodles are going to absorb the water, so the amount of water depends on how much noodles you use. Next add a chunk of the cabbage and turn on to high heat until water is at a rolling boil.
This is what the water should look like!
Here is the amount of noodles I used for this recipe. It’s exactly half of each package. This dish is perfect for two people.
Turn off the heat and add your noodles! The water is blue, but it will begin to turn purple. Let the noodles absorb the water until you’re happy with the color. The longer they absorb the cabbage water, the darker. 5-10 minutes.
Remove the noodles from the water and place them on a big plate or bowl. The magic is about to happen, people. Well, technically it’s science, but let’s let the unicorns have this one 😛
Grab a lime and squeeze the juice onto the noodles. Watch the colors change right before your eyes! You may need to use 3 or 4 limes. The more lime juice you use, the brighter the pink will be! Toss the noodles around to coat evenly.
Voila! Now, if you’re like me, you don’t want your noodles to be soaked in lime juice when you eat them. But don’t worry! Place the pink noodles in to a strainer and rinse off the lime juice. It won’t affect the color at all! The noodles are stained, not coated. Now you’ve got your pink noodles. Let’s make the purple and blue ones!
Repeat the first couple of steps where you place a chunk of cabbage in a pot of water (remember, less than half full), and bring to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat and add the noodles. The rice noodles absorbed the color much faster than the pad Thai noodles, and when I was happy with the color I took out half and set it aside.
Now add 1 heaping Tbsp of baking soda and give it a stir. You can’t tell in the picture, but the water starts to change from blue to a dark indigo. It’s awesome. Check on the noodles and when you’re happy with the color, take ’em out!
Magic!! (science, shhh)
Finally, arrange everything in a bowl and take pictures! Cause it’s awesome and now you can show your friends how magical (scientifically smart) you are. YAS.
Ugh. I love you, Unicorn Pasta.
- Glass/translucent/rice noodles
- Red cabbage
- 3-4 limes
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 1 bundle of baby broccoli florets
- 1 carrot, peeled
- 1/2 yellow squash, spiraled or sliced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Rinse the broccoli and pat dry. Place on baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add the squash here too if you don’t want to eat it raw! Roast for 10 minutes or until tender.
- Cut at least two chunks of cabbage off and set the rest aside. Remember, they don’t need to be too big to turn the noodles purple. Add one chunk to a small pot that has been filled less than halfway with water and bring to a rolling boil.
- Turn off the heat and add the noodles. Toss the noodles around every now and then to check on their color. The longer they absorb the cabbage water the darker they will be. Depending on your preference, this takes about 5-10 minutes.
- Remove the noodles and place in a big bowl or plate. Squeeze the lime juice over the noodles and toss to coat evenly. The more lime juice you use, the brighter the pink! Place noodles into a strainer and rinse to remove the lime juice. Unless you like sour noodles, then do you.
- For the purple and blue noodles: repeat steps 3 and 4. Once the noodles are purple, remove half and set aside. To turn the noodles blue, add 1 Tbsp of baking soda to the water and stir. The noodles will immediately begin to turn blue. Keep stirring for a couple of minutes until the color is fully absorbed. Remove from water.
- Arrange your veggies and noodles in a bowl, drizzle with soy sauce, and enjoy!
Remember to be creative with this recipe! Add your own favorite veggies and sauces, and if you make your own unicorn noodles please tag me so I can see!!