Hot Lunch in Your Lunchbox

002As the weather turns chillier, nothing warms your little ones like a hot lunch at school.  However, if you’re like me and don’t consider mozzarella sticks from the school cafeteria an adequate meal for your growing child, consider making a hot lunch at home.  All you need is a few minutes one evening to put together some thermos-friendly lunches.  Not only will you alleviate some of the morning chaos in your house, but will send the kids off to school with a hot lunch you can feel good about! 

This “lunchbox lasagna” is an easy rendition of the classic.  The next time you’re preparing pasta for dinner, make a little extra for this dish.  There’s no baking required—just mix, heat, and pop into a pre-warmed thermos (see not below).  Your child will be the envy of the school cafeteria!


Lunchbox Lasagna

Serves 2

2 cups cooked bowtie pasta (or your favorite short pasta)

¼ – ½  cup prepared tomato sauce (depending on how saucy you like your lasagna)

¼ cup ricotta cheese

1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

2-3 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese

6 mini meatballs, defrosted (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes to heat through.

Divide lasagna mixture evenly between two prepared thermoses (see note below).  Replace the lid and place in lunchbox (don’t forget to pack a fork!).

NOTE:  To insure food will stay hot until lunchtime, fill thermoses with hot water and allow to stand for 2-3 minutes before draining and filling with hot food.  I like the 10 ounce wide-mouth thermoses—they are perfect for a kid-sized portion and it’s easy to get the food out (and easy to clean).

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2 Responses to “Hot Lunch in Your Lunchbox”

  1. Sarah S. Says:

    Love the hot water warming tip! Thank you!

  2. Cavolo Says:

    How do you get them to bring the thermoses home?

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