Cook extra pasta with dinner and set it aside to make an easy pasta salad you can pack for lunch the following day. Add beans, leftover chicken, deli turkey or tuna for extra protein.

Carolyn A. Hodges, R.D.
Source:, August 2018


Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk yogurt and ranch dressing together in a medium bowl. Add pasta, beans and bell pepper; toss to coat. Pack in the large section of a bento-style lunch box or in a large container. Pack cheese and grapes in separate smaller sections of the bento box or in separate small containers.



To make ahead: Refrigerate or store in an insulated lunch tote bag with ice packs for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

376 calories; protein 16.4g 33% DV; carbohydrates 38.6g 12% DV; dietary fiber 3.2g 13% DV; sugars 9.5g; fat 18.1g 28% DV; saturated fat 6.7g 34% DV; cholesterol 33.4mg 11% DV; vitamin a iu 1972.6IU 40% DV; vitamin c 64.1mg 107% DV; folate 43.5mcg 11% DV; calcium 274.9mg 28% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 84.3mg 30% DV; potassium 458.3mg 13% DV; sodium 339.6mg 14% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.