Lunchbox idea -1 Tangy Tomato Pasta

Having a school going kid at home poses many challenges in the morning. Among them, the most important being what to pack for lunch! This is a million $ question which I dread to even think of! And to top that, we all have the guilt factor of whether the meal is nutritionally healthy for the child or not.

Feeding my son well-balanced, fresh, home-cooked simple meals gives me a satisfaction like no other. I have been contemplating sharing what I send for school lunch with you all for a while now. A lot of things kept me busy and so here I am today kick starting my series on lunch box menus πŸ™‚

As I share the menu, will try to post short recipes wherever required and possible.

Warning: All pictures are taken in the morning hurry burry in real πŸ˜‰ These are actual pictures of the food that has been nourishing my child at home away from home πŸ™‚

The First Menu in the series goes like this- Tangy Tomato Pasta with Pomegranate and Buttermilk

Pasta+Fruit+Buttermilk combo

Pasta+Fruit+Buttermilk combo

Tangy Tomato Pasta
Ingredients:
1 Tbsp Olive Oil/Vegetable Oil
1-2 Cloves of chopped Garlic
1/4 Cup of loosely packed sliced Bell Peppers (Capsicum, any colour)
1/2 Cup of mushrooms, sliced/halved/quartered
5-6 Green beans, cut into 1″pieces and blanced
100 Grams ofΒ  Dry Pasta (Penne/Fusilli/Farfalle) boiled in salted water
2 Tbsp of Tomato Puree
1 tsp Freshly crushed Black Pepper
1 Tbsp of Chopped Fresh Herbs (Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary) or 1/4 tsp of any dried herb
Salt, to taste

Method:
1. Heat oil in a pan, drop the garlic in and fry for a few seconds, don’t let it brown.

Garlic in Olive Oil

Garlic in Olive Oil

2. Drop the bell peppers in, followed by the mushroom.

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Red Bell Peppers

In go the Mushrooms

In go the Mushrooms

3. The mushroom will start sweating and losing its moisture. Once it shrinks to half the size, add the blanched beans.

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And the beans

4. I do not add salt while I cook mushroom as it gives out too much moisture and tastes and smells weird. I add salt only while finishing the dish.
5. Then add the cooked pasta and give a good stir.

Add the Cooked Pasta

Add the Cooked Pasta

6. Add the tomato puree, the pepper and a little water/water which was used to cook the pasta to help the sauce coat the pasta well.

Tomato Puree added

Tomato Puree added

A dash of Pepper

A dash of Pepper

7. Add the herbs in and check salt and add if required.

Herby delight

Herby delight

8. Let the pasta be slightly saucy as it will get absorbed as it cools.
9. Voila, your Tangy Tomato Pasta is all ready to go to school! πŸ™‚

Pack a Punch!

Pack a Punch!

Get-Set-Go!

Get-Set-Go!

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3 thoughts on “Lunchbox idea -1 Tangy Tomato Pasta

  1. Renuka

    wonderful thought to document the lunch box ideas Priya.

  2. Lavanya

    Hey Krishna Priya .. I have been noticing your postings..your recipes are yum.. Yum. Great going!

  3. Ramya Ramesh

    Yayyy.. Great initiative.. Cant wait to see more ideas Priya πŸ™‚

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