Six-Ingredient Lunch: Pesto Pasta Salad

by Rebekahcooked up on July 21, 2011

Lunch does not have to be $7 out of your pocket every day… or 99 cents out of your pocket for a processed frozen meal that’s probably not to great for you (though I’ve definitely consumed a few of these in my day).

Plus, I find that I really look forward to my lunch when it’s something I’ve made. But that also means planning ahead… which I’m not always good at.

That’s why I try to come up with simple salads, pastas and sandwiches that I can whip up without too much trouble. This week, two of my lunches have been this simple pasta salad, that has six whole ingredients:

  • Good ol’ elbow macaroni
  • Pesto
  • Mayo
  • Milk
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Green onions

Make about 3/4 cup of dry macaroni, or if you use another short pasta, maybe a little more. That will give you about two servings.


Chop cherry tomatoes and green onion and add to the noodles once they are cooled. You don’t want to mix this up while they’re still hot –  that will make for some nasty milk and mayo dressing.

For the dressing, eyeball about a tablespoon each of mayo and pesto, and then use a few tablespoons of milk to thin it out and mix well.

Dress so everything is coated just a little. Are you hungry yet?

Package to take to work. Look how yummy that looks! Lunchtime is even better when you’re really looking forward to a fresh meal you made yourself. Pasta salad is nothing fancy, but I could eat pounds of it.

 

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