Unicorn colour changing pasta -aglio olio

Easter holidays, no travel and social distancing. Together these three spell trouble in the house as the just speed dial to boredom. Keep in my kids occupied with brain-eating activities is as challenging as it is for any other mother. Hence, we opened up a page on the blog so the kids can share some stuff they have been working in from time to time.

Introducing cool brain

This activity combines their effort to research, work on-camera skills and simple basic cooking and clean up. For me, this means a good two hours that I don’t have to shoo them off the tv or endless gaming. But it does take some effort on my part too. Ideas are not that spontaneous and I don’t give them easily. But I leave enough clues for them to start up and provide even more yo get the materials for them to work with.

Introducing ideas

Unicorns are no longer valid we are well past that age group, yet in my house, they still are cute (not yet reached gross) so I have a plan. That colour changing pasta should spark some interest today. Since they are naturally coloured, easiest dinner plan ever, I am game for it.
The natural colouring from the purple cabbages is the key to this success.

pasta cabbage
Keep your cameras ready as the best part if this recipe is when they squeeze the lemon on their pasta.
The recipe is based off a basic olive oil pasta with generous garlic (perfect for the weather) and some herbs. The cool colour change brought some excitement to the table and indeed a healthy dose of conversation.
Here is the recipe for you to try and let us know if you caught those wide-eyed jaw-dropping images while the kids get the colour change going on. Tag us if you like this idea.

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Keep us posted on how you are keeping busy and working on.

unicorn pasta

Following a tummy full of unicorn pasta, the next day this little author woke up to some magic. Here is what happened.

All those sciency cabbages!!! 

Unicorn colour changing pasta

a magical dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Autumn, Continental, Fusion, International, One pot, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 2 people


for the colouring agent

  • 2 cups Cabbage ( red cabbage- to extract the dye)
  • 4 cups drinking water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

for pasta

  • 2 fist spaghetti ( pasta for two people)

the taste factors

  • 1/4 cup olive oil ( the flavor of the olive oil matters
  • 4-5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 3-5 tbsp Parmesan cheese ( grated)


  • Shred the red cabbage and set aside
  • Bring the water to a boil and add the shredded the cabbage
  • Bring this to a rolling boil and the colour from the purple cabbage will leach into the pasta and make it quite deep purple- blue
  • remove the cabbage bits and add salt to the liquid.
  • As it boils add the spaghetti and cook till aldente
  • Heat a pan and add the olive oil
  • Add the crushed garlic and quickly toss in the cooked pasta in the oil.
  • Toss in the parmesan and the parsley and serve with lemon wedges.
  • Before you eat, squeeze the lemon n the pasta and see them change to a beautiful deep pink colour.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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Priya Vj
2 years ago
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Hey so fascinating. Feels like am eating in some wonderland with a magic fairy . A nice way to keep kids intrigued to break the monotony as well as make them understand basic science in our big lab called the Kitchen

2 years ago
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Wow! such a cute and delicious idea making this unicorn colour changing pasta. I must try it on my hubby the only kid I have at home. He will definitely love it.

Jayashree T.Rao
2 years ago
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That’s a good activity to keep the children busy for sometime. During the second wave of covid, I remember, my daughter joined with me to prepare many good dishes. The unicorn pasta looks delicious!

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