Favorite Pasta Lunch Ideas

Find all of the best kid-friendly (and parent-approved) pasta lunch ideas for home—or to pack and take on the go!

Pasta Salad with Chicken

This super easy and healthy Pasta Salad contains about an equal amount of pasta and other mix-ins for maximum flavor, texture, and nutrition in each bowl.

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Made with just a few simple ingredients, this is a quick and easy family meal you’ll be able to pull together even on those nights you don’t really feel like cooking.

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Mac and Cheese Cups

These mac and cheese cups are so fun, and they’re a nutritious kids meal that can easily double as an appetizer to share with adults.

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Mac and Cheese with Peas

This easy recipe is one of our very favorite shortcut meals. It comes together quickly, you’re not actually making anything from scratch, and it’s so yummy!

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Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

This Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese requires just 5 simple ingredients, zero prep work, and is just the yummiest pasta recipe!

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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

With a simple cheese sauce—no standing and stirring over the stove here!—a solid dose of veggies, and a super creamy final result, this is a fast option for toddlers.

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Avocado Pasta

With a creamy, veggie-packed sauce, this easy Avocado Pasta is packed with kid-friendly flavor and nutrients. And the whole recipe can be made in about 10 minutes of cooking time!

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Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Serve up a dose of nutritious broccoli with this easy (and cheesy!) Broccoli Pesto. It has a bright flavor from the inclusion of fresh lemon and requires no cooking.

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Extra-Veggie Pasta 

Serve up a filling, yummy lunch with this easy pasta. It includes a tomato based sauce with extra veggies and beans blended in for an iron-rich meal perfect for lunch or dinner.

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Stir Fry Noodles 

For many kids, noodles and pasta are a favorite dinner option. This quick family dinner plays off of that familiarity and introduces potentially new flavors in a safe way.

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One-Pot Broccoli Mac and Cheese

With a super easy method that only requires one pot, you can have this easy Broccoli Mac and Cheese ready for family dinner—or a kids meal.

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Zucchini Pasta 

Learn how to turn fresh zucchini into a bright and fresh pasta sauce with a simple method. This easy meal takes less than 30 minutes!

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Shortcut Marinara

Add extra veggies to your next pot of marinara sauce for more nutrition and the classic flavor that your family expects.

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