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Pasta “Hero”

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Kids may turn up their noses at a lot of foods, but rarely do you see them get finicky when it comes to pasta. One of the major bonuses for parents is that pasta is inexpensive, versatile and keeps well in the fridge. I like pasta because you can add an endless variety of meats, vegetables, and sauces to it and still give your kids a well-rounded meal.

Recently, I've been trying to come up with yummy lunch box recipes and this pasta "hero" is fantastic. I was inspired by one of those gorgeous, layered submarine sandwiches that you get from a deli, but this spin on the classic substitutes pasta for the bread and is SO much easier for little mouths to navigate since everything is bite-sized.

Kenya's eyes got wide when I opened his bento lunch box and he saw all the beautiful colors and shapes this dish contains, and of course, one of his favorites, pasta. I designed this recipe to feed 6-8 people because once your brood sees how incredible it looks, everyone is going to want their own bowl!

Pasta â��Heroâ��  (Serves 6-8)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 10 mins,
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Kids may turn up their noses at a lot of foods, but rarely do you see them get finicky when it comes to pasta. One of the major bonuses for parents is that pasta is inexpensive, versatile and keeps well in the fridge. I like pasta because you can add an...

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces box whole wheat fusilli
  • 1 1/2 cup ham, turkey, salami or any of your favorite cold cuts, cut into thins strips or cubes
  • 1 cup monterrey jack, shredded or cubed
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans
  • 3/4 cup pimentos, diced
  • 3/4 cup olives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon italian herbs, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

Preparation

  1. 1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. 2. Strain and rinse with cold water. Place pasta in a bowl.
  3. 3. Add the meat, cheese, garbanzo beans pimentos and olives to the pasta.
  4. 4. Whisk the remaining dressing ingredients in a bowl to combine.
  5. 5. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss.
  6. 6. Serve.
Pasta �Hero�

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  1. Sasha

    October 17, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Does look tasty but should not be filed under gluten free.

    • catherine

      October 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

      You can use gluten free pasta for this recipes as well :)