The lunch box — whether it's yours or your kid's — can feel pretty constricting sometimes. That's why sandwiches are such a mainstay. Pasta, however, is a solid choice that's totally lunch box-approved. It can be made ahead, holds up well in transport, and usually can be eaten cold, room temperature, or warm, with no ill effect. Here are 10 recipes to try.
Your lunch game will infinitely improve if you make a big batch of this classic pasta salad on Sunday and bring it along with you throughout the week.
While tabbouleh salad is usually made with bulgur wheat, orzo is a fun and easy swap-in, since you probably already have it in your pantry.
The best part about this pasta is how customizable it is: Take a stroll through your grocery store's antipasti bar and make it your own.
This four-ingredient pasta salad comes together is just about the time it takes to boil a pot of water and cook the tortellini.
Cook up this spicy, smoky pasta for dinner tonight and then set aside the leftovers for a comforting, protein-rich lunch tomorrow.
To keep this pasta salad at its freshest, reserve the baby spinach and toss it in when you're packing your lunch in the morning — that way it won't wilt too much.
If you want to make this recipe extra easy on yourself, pick up a rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the meat yourself.
This satisfying pasta is fun to play around with: Swap the squash in for sweet potato, try baby kale instead of spinach, or opt for goat cheese instead of blue cheese.
This pasta salad has all the classic elements of Greek salad — the juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, briny olives, and salty feta — yet it feels a little more hearty, thanks to the shells.