Lunchbox pasta salad

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

Rustle up this pasta salad for kids' lunchboxes. Customise with egg, ham, prawns or eggs for a dose of protein – or cheese if catering for vegetarian diets

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:11 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 528
  • Carbohydrate 69
  • Fat 16
  • Fiber 8
  • Protein 23
  • Saturated Fat 3
  • Sodium 1.2
  • Sugar 5

Ingredients

  • 400g pasta
  • 4-5 tbsp fresh pesto
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 200g mixed cooked vegsuch as peas, green beans, courgette (chop the beans and courgette into pea-sized pieces)
  • 100g cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 200g cooked chicken, ham, prawns, hard-boiled egg or cheese

Method

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water until it is al dente, so about 11 mins, but refer to the pack instructions. Drain and tip into a bowl. Stir in the pesto and leave to cool.

  2. When the pasta is cool, stir through the mayo, yogurt, lemon juice and veg. Spoon into lunchboxes or on to pasta plates and put the cooked chicken or protein of your choice on top. Chill until ready to eat if intended for a packed lunch.