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. Source:, August 2018

Carolyn A. Hodges, R.D.


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; total fat 18.1g 28% DV; saturated fat 6.7g; cholesterol 33mg 11% DV; sodium 340mg 14% DV; potassium 458mg 13% DV; carbohydrates 38.6g 12% DV; fiber 3.2g 13% DV; sugar 10g; protein 16.4g 33% DV; exchange other carbs 3; vitamin a iu 1973IU; vitamin c 64mg; folate 44mcg; calcium 275mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 84mg; thiaminmg.