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Lunchbox Pasta Salad

Preparation: 10 mins

Cooking: 15 mins

Serves 4, costs under £3.00


  • ¼ Pack (125g) Dried Pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons (20g) Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 (160g) Red Pepper
  • 8 (120g) Cherry Tomatoes
  • 4 (40g) Spring Onions
  • ¼ Can (65g) Sweetcorn
  • ¼ Can (60g) Kidney Beans

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Please note the cost per serving may now be slightly higher due to rising prices in supermarkets.


  1. Cook the pasta in fast-boiling water until just tender but with ‘bite’ (al dente).
  2. Drain the pasta and rinse in cold water. Stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  3. Prepare the vegetables. Wash the pepper, tomatoes and spring onions. De-seed, slice and dice the pepper. Quarter the tomatoes and slice the spring onions. Add all vegetables to the pasta. Drain the kidney beans and add to the pasta with all the other vegetables.
  4. Squeeze the lemon and add the juice to the remaining olive oil. Whisk together, or mix with a fork, and add to the pasta.
  5. Toss the ingredients together. Serve immediately or use as a lunchbox meal.

Nutritional Information

Per 100g
Per 160g serving

Energy Kcals
Energy Kj
3.2 g
5.1 g
Total Fat
3.8 g
6.1 g
Saturated Fat
0.6 g
0.9 g
17.4 g
27.9 g
Total Sugars
3.2 g
5.1 g
NSP Fibre
2.3 g
3.6 g
2 mg
4 mg
0 g
0 g

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