Perfect Pasta 

Spring is nearly here; the Daffodils have started popping up to remind us that better weather is on its way! It’s time to get out in nature and enjoy the new colours and sensations. A quick pasta dish will allow you to fill your stomach for a reasonable price before heading out the door. These 3 recipes can also be put in a flask or container and taken with you for an alfresco meal.

Tuna pasta salad 

This is a staple in our house, everyone eats it by the bowlful and it’s so easy to make in big batches for lunchboxes and snacks throughout the week. 

Ingredients – Serves 6 large portions. 

  • 500g pasta 
  • 2 tins of tuna 
  • A small bunch of spring onions
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise 
  • 3 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 1 red pepper
  • A small bunch of parsley
  • 1 small tin sweetcorn
  • 1tsp mustard
  • A squeeze of lemon juice 

Method:

  • Cook pasta to the packet recommendations 
  • Whilst the pasta is cooking, chop all the vegetables and herbs finely.
  • Open the cans of tuna and drain.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients well and taste to check seasoning. 
  • Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the tuna mix. 
  • Combine everything well and enjoy!

Simple sausage pasta 

This is such an easy, quick meal for when you need inspiration from the fridge. 

Great for students on a budget too. 

Ingredients: Serves 4 

  • 8 sausages 
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion 
  • Garlic cloves (measure with your heart) 
  • 300g pasta 
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs 
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes 

Method:

  • Grill the sausages until golden brown.
  • Whilst they’re cooking, cook the pasta to the packet recommendations.
  • Finely chop the onion and garlic and add to a frying pan with 1tbsp oil and sauté until softened. 
  • Stir in the herbs and chilli and the tinned tomatoes and simmer for 10 mins.
  • Chop the sausages into chunk bitesize pieces.
  • Add the sausages to the tomatoes, mix well. 
  • Drain the cooked pasta and stir through the sausage sauce. 
  • Serve and enjoy.

Bacon, spinach and Tomato lunchbox pasta

Taking a twist on the classic BLT, this pasta salad is perfect for a lunchbox, take it into the office or school or out into the park. It’s delicious! 

Ingredients – Serves 1 for a lunchbox 

  • 100g Wholewheat Pasta shapes
  • A handful of baby spinach 
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered 
  • 2 rashers of smoked bacon, griddled until crispy 
  • 2 tbsp natural yoghurt (can be substituted for mayonnaise) 
  • 1tsp mustard 

Method:

  • Cook the pasta to packet recommendations and drain. 
  • Chop the cooked bacon roughly.
  • Stir the bacon, spinach, tomatoes, yoghurt and mustard together.
  • Stir into the pasta and leave to cool before putting into a container for a hearty, fresh lunch, 

Pasta is so versatile and works so well on a budget, it is portable and carries flavours well. Have a play with tastes and textures and shapes! Take a stroll in nature with your lunch and look forward to the sunshine and fresh season of spring!