Mermaid Pasta is the Perfect Dish for a Nautical Adventure

April 4, 2019

Mermaid Pasta

An easy, colorful dish that invokes the wonders of the deep sea (without being seafood).

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Andrea Price


  • 1 gallon water
  • 16 oz uncooked pasta shells
  • 4 tsp salt
  • hot pink, purple, and turquoise gel food coloring
  • 3 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp finely shredded fresh basil


  1. Bring water to a boil in a Dutch oven set to high. Add pasta shells and salt to boiling water. Cook while frequently stirring until the shells become al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water. 

  2. Divide pasta among 3 ziplock plastic bags. Add 2 drops of pink coloring to 1 bag, 2 drops of purple coloring to the second bag, and 2 drops of turquoise coloring to the third bag. Add 1 tablespoon melted butter to each bag. Seal bags, and shake the heck out of them to coat pasta in color and butter. 

  3. Combine all of the pasta in a serving bowl, and toss with Parmesan cheese (this is your "sand") and garnish with basil (that's your "seaweed").


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