Lunchbox recipes have to be easy, but they don’t have to be boring. This lunchbox easy pesto pasta comes together in the time that it takes for the pasta to cook. Make the pesto ahead of time or buy it – no judging. I also buy pesto when I need to.
My daughter LOVES pesto pasta. She even eats the tomatoes when they are in this – total mom win on that. She does not like tomatoes, but with this, she tolerates them.
Usually, store bought pesto is made with traditional basil, but you can also make pesto at home with spinach. My family actually prefers it. Here’s a recipe if you need it:
That’s the recipe for my spinach pesto, it’s good – trust me. This is an amazing way to get spinach and walnuts in your kid’s diet. I’m not a fan of hiding food, but if it’s hiding in plain sight, go for it.
There is something about a bite sized tomato that makes them perfect for kids lunches. When it comes to kids, appearance matters. If it looks good, they just might eat it.
If you need some quick inspiration, check out this video on how to make the pasta.
Here are my quick tips for this lunch:
- Use easy open containers. Kids don’t get a lot of time to eat, so struggling with plastic containers should not happen
- ALWAYS add a fruit or vegetable or both! They are hungry. They will eat it.
- It’s okay to add a treat. Annie’s makes great snacks that you can feel good about giving to your kids. And they will LOVE you for it!
- 8 ounces fun pasta, such as ruffles
- ½ cup pesto
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese, freshly shredded
- Cook pasta according to package directions, drain
- Add to bowl with pesto and stir
- Add tomatoes and cheese to the top
If making for lunches, mix the pasta and pesto together and put the tomatoes and cheese on top
If serving for dinner, mix everything together