If your KIDS like Pasta in Lunch Box and don’t want to pack with Cheese Here are some Pasta recipes WITH CHEESE  and WITHOUT CHEESE . Easy way to add vegetables ( Healthy and Bland vegetables )in their favorite sauce , so they can’t pick and keep aside. Here are some  VEGETARIAN PASTA RECIPES for KIDS LUNCH BOX, DINNER and WEEKEND LUNCH .

         15 minutes Pasta recipes ( Cooking time) for Kids Lunch Box/Dinner/Weekend Lunch . I pressure cook pasta for fast and perfectly cooked Pasta. Add water , little salt and Pressure cook for 2 to 3 Whistles on medium high heat. I cook Pasta day before and Chop vegetables , so it is easy to prepare Lunch Box in the Morning.

1. VEGETABLE PENNE PASTA WITH DATES SAUCE  is a Simple and easy Lunch Box recipe prepared with 3 Vegetables , Penne Pasta and Dates sauce . If Kids are not interested in eating Dates , then try in Pasta sauce. Pasta cooked in  Pressure Cooker . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/Vegetable penne pasta with dates sauce

2.KIDS LUNCH BOX – GREEN MAC AND CHEESE ( PRESSURE COOKER RECIPE) : I cook Pasta in Pressure Cooker for fast and Perfectly cooked PASTA .This is  a White sauce Pasta recipe with Green Vegetables. Chop vegetables finely . Kids will not notice the Vegetables . With a touch of Spices .  perfectly  cooked Pasta  in pressure cooker to save time .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/Kids lunch box

3. PENNE PASTA WITH SPINACH NUTS SAUCE AND WITHOUT CHEESE .  You will never notice that Cheese is missing in this Pasta recipe .Pasta cooked in Pressure Cooker for fast and perfectly cooked Pasta .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/Penne pasta

4.Kids Lunch Box – MASALA PENNE PASTA WITH VEGETABLES . I cook PASTA in Pressure cooker for fast and Perfectly Cooked Pasta. I hided Cauliflower in this Pasta recipe along with other grated Vegetables. Kids cannot find and pick them out  as they get mixed with Pasta sauce. 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/Kids Lunch Box

5.PASTA WITH FARM FRESH VEGETABLES : Flavorful and delicious macaroni Salad prepared with Farm fresh Vegetables with Home made Dressing.

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/Pasta with farm fresh vegetables

6. PASTA IN WHITE SAUCE  with Asparagus and Spices .Easy way to hide Healthy and Bland vegetables in their favorite sauce. It is rich in look and taste without adding too much Cream and Cheese .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/Pasta in white sauce with Asparagus 

7.ZERO OIL SOUP with VEGETABLES AND  PASTA. I added a special sauce which enhances the taste of Pasta and you can’t stop eating . One pot to cook and One pot to  clean .

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/Zero Oil 

8. PENNE PASTA WITH VEGETABLES . I cooked Pasta in Pressure Cooker for fast and Perfectly cooked Pasta. Simple recipe with few Ingredients and easy to Cook in the morning( 10 Minutes) . I didn’t add sauces as it for Lunch Box . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/Penne pasta

9. VEGETARIAN PASTA OMELETTE for BREAKFAST /DINNER  . 5 Ingredients recipe. with VEGETABLES . A little change from regular Breakfast .  Serve warm . Kids are going to like the Soft bite of Pasta with Other ingredients. Mix and prepare . No need to rest the batter.

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/Vegetarian pasta 


Lentils Soup

11. SPICY LENTIL SOUP with WHOLE GRAIN ELBOW PASTA. I do preparation in the morning and bring to boil before serving. No need to add any flour for thickening. It is one of favorite soups and easy fix for any meal.

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/Spicy lentil soup

12. PASTA SALAD for Lunch Box. If your kids like Pasta , they will like this Pasta SALAD with Beans and Veggies  . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/Pasta  salad 




Kids Lunch Box – Masala Penne Pasta with Vegetables


is a Kid friendly recipe and not over spiced .  No cheese added .If Kids doesn’t like to eat Vegetables and like Pasta , it is easy to hide in  PASTA SAUCE . I added good amount of Vegetables . I like hiding Vegetables in Sauces for my kids , so they won’t pick it out and keep aside. Taste good at room temperature so you can pack for Kids Lunch Box  . For easy Preparing Lunch Box, I do preparation ahead of time like Cooking Pasta and Chopping Vegetables and refrigerate . It takes only 10 Minutes to Prepare and every one in the family can enjoy a tasty Lunch . I cook Pasta in Pressure Cooker and Cooks  Perfectly  . The vegetable sauce tastes  good with the Spices and ketchup and not to worry that Kids will bring the Lunch Box without eating. Loaded with veggies and One single Pot to Clean . Easy Dinner idea or for Weekend Lunch or Kids Lunch Box  . Here is the recipe :

Recipe for 3 .

Preparation time : 15 Minutes and Cooking time : 10 Minutes


1.  Whole Wheat or Multi Grain Penne Pasta – 1/2 Cup raw ( Pressure cook by adding 2 1/2 cups water , little salt for 3 whistles on Medium High heat)

2. Cauliflower florets – 2 Measuring Cups ( Very small florets , Cooks fast). Zucchini – chopped , Bell peppers – finely chopped 

3. Grated Carrot 

4. Tomatoes – 3 ( Finely Chopped)

4. Shallots – ( Chopped)

5. Grated  or Crush Garlic

6. Oil – 2 tbsp

7. Ketchup – 3 tbsp or accordingly

8. Spices ( Red chilli powder , Coriander and Cumin Powder – 1 tbsp or RASAM Powder

9. Freshly ground Black Pepper and Italian  Mixed Herbs

10 . Finely Chopped Cilantro or Coriander

11. Cheese – Powdered cheese 


1. Cook  1/2 cup Pasta in Pressure cooker  by adding 21/2 Cups water , little salt  for 2 Whistles on Medium  High Heat. When Pressure Comes down transfer to a Bowl and discard the water.

2. Heat 2 tbsp Oil and add Cumin seeds followed by Shallots. When shallots are  light Brown add Grated or Crushed  Garlic and fry for Couple of Minutes .

3. Add finely chopped Tomatoes. Season with Salt . Cook until tomatoes are soft and Cooked .

4. Once tomatoes are soft add Spices , Grated Carrot , Small Cauliflower florets, Zucchini and Bell peppers . Mix well and Cook for Couple of Minutes .

5. Switch off the stove and add Ketchup ( 3 tbsp or accordingly) . Taste the Sauce before adding Pasta. Add Pasta, Chopped Cilantro or Coriander , Freshly ground Black Pepper ,  and Mixed Herbs.

                     Pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX or for Weekend Lunch or for DINNER 


Kids Lunch Box / Weekend Lunch / Dinner at Five – Green Mac and Cheese ( Pressure Cooker recipe) . Check my recipe when to add each and every ingredient to enjoy a tasty Pasta . 


  What a easy way to hide Vegetables in Kids favorite Mac and Cheese ? It is a Long weekend because of President’s Day . (No school on Monday) . My husband went for Shopping to buy Milk . Along with Milk he bought Asparagus , Green Bell Pepper , Spinach . Seeing Green vegetables, thought  I will cook Mac and Cheese for Lunch ( We had Khichidi for Saturday Lunch and  Vegetable Biryani for Sunday Lunch .  No rice recipe . This Recipe is so easy to cook and can satisfy Kids. You can even pack for Kids Lunch Box as I added little more water and it is not going to thicken by Lunch time .  Dietary fiber from vegetables helps reduce Cholesterol , Obesity , type 2 diabetes and lower the risk of heat disease. They are low in Calories and fat but contain good amounts of Vitamins and Minerals .  Kids need 2 servings of fruits and 3 servings of Vegetables each day. Oil is important for health especially for growing children as it provides essential fatty acids and Vitamin E . ( Not fried ) .  I love this Caption ” Go green to stay Lean” . Asparagus , a low cholesterol and Heart healthy food with good source of fiber , Vitamins K, B, A and C and with just 43 calories per cup . Be sure to add to your Healthy Plate.

                       Cook Pasta  in Pressure Cooker day before and refrigerate . Chop vegetables and refrigerate . You can prepare Kids Lunch Box or Weekend Lunch  in less time. Try this Easy and Simple recipe . Check the Method how to Cook tasty Pasta with a touch of Spices . 

Recipe for  3   .

Preparation time : 10 minutes and Cooking time : 10 minutes


1. Whole grain Macaroni – 1/2 Cup raw ( Cook in Pressure Cooker with 2 Cups Water and little Salt for 2 Whistles on Medium High Flame)

2. Asparagus – 10 to 15 ( thinly chopped)

3. Bell pepper –  Half chopped 

4. Spinach – 2 to 3  handfuls (  finely chopped)

5. Roma tomatoes –  2 ( Finely Chopped) Deseeded 

6. Milk – 8 Ounces ( One glass)

7. Water – 16 Ounces ( 2  glasses)

8. Salt and Spices or Rasam Powder or Sambar Powder , Freshly gound Black Pepper and Mixed Herbs – 1/2 tbsp or accordingly

9. Oil –  2 tbsps 

10 .  Cheese – 1/2 Cup

11. Flour of your Choice –  4 tbsp( Wheat flour or almond flour or Nuts flour or APF flour )


1. Cook 1/2 cup Macaroni in Pressure Cooker with 2 1/2 Cups Water and season with Salt for 2 Whistles on medium High Heat. When Pressure comes down transfer to a Bowl and drain out excess water.

2 Heat 1 tbsp Oil and Cook finely Chopped Asparagus for Couple of Minutes . Then add flour and 1 more tbsp Oil . Stir in between to avoid burning.

3. Add Milk and Water and cook till it is thickened ( Say 5  Minutes) . Season with salt and Spices . Taste the sauce and adjust accordingly . Add Finely chopped Spinach and Bell Pepper . Cook for two  Minutes .

4. Add Cooked Macaroni , Chopped Tomato and Cheese. Mix well and switch off the Stove.

5.Season with Black Pepper and Mixed Herbs .


Penne Pasta in Spinach Nuts Sauce without Cheese .img_3440

                Easy way to hide Greens and Vegetables for Kids. Pasta with Sauce is Kids favorite meal and easy for Moms to cook for Weekend Lunch or for Week night Dinner or  for KIDS LUNCH BOX. I cooked Pasta in Microwave for fast cooking or in Pressure cooker for 3 whistles with little salt and water   . Cooked perfectly . If you want to prepare for KIDS LUNCH BOX , Cook Pasta , Chop the Veggies and refrigerate. It will take Less than 15 minutes to cook in the morning and you can Pack for LUNCH BOX. 

                   After we finished eating for our Weekend Lunch , my daughter asked me if I can cook Macaroni  with Cheese for next Weekend Lunch instead of Penne Pasta . I started drafting the recipe , then I realized I forgot to take out Cheese from refrigerator and didn’t add to the Pasta. We didn’t find any difference and enjoyed it.  I think my daughter May be because of the ingredients I used in Sauce , we didn’t feel that Cheese is missing in Pasta . So new Pasta recipe without Cheese. May be there are recipes without Cheese , but this Pasta recipe without Cheese is my Invention. Check the recipe for Sauce prepared with Nuts  and I added 6 big handfuls of Spinach and 2 chopped Roma tomatoes . Added  Indian spice powders ( a pinch of Red chilli powder , Coriander and Cumin powder or say 1/2 tbsp Rasam Powder ) and some Herbs. Just add Milk and WATER as I mentioned in the recipe for proper consistency . It will taste good at room temperature , so you can pack for Kids Lunch Box .

RECIPE for 2 to 3 People .

Preparation time : 10 Minutes and Cooking time : 10 Minutes


1. MULTI GRAIN PENNE PASTA – 2 Cups Cooked ( 1 Cup raw . I cooked Pasta in Microwave or in Pressure cooker for 3 whistles with little salt , Water and no Oil ) 

2. Spinach – 6 Big handfuls( Chopped )

3. Roma tomatoes – 2 Chopped and Finely chopped vegetables of your choice 

4. Milk – 8 Ounces ( 1 Glass)

5. Water – 16 Ounces ( 2 glasses)

6. Wheat flour – 2 tbsp

7. Almonds – 10 , cashews – 10

8. Oil – 2 tbsp and Butter or Ghee- 1/2 tbsp

9. Rasam powder or Red chilli powder , Coriander and Cumin Powder – 1/2 tbsp

10 . Mixed Herbs, Dried Oregano , Dried Basil and Freshly grounded Black pepper – 1 tbsp

METHOD :img_3439

1. Grind Almonds and Cashews  into fine powder and add  Milk and grind one more time.

 2.  Add 1 tsp Oil and  saute spinach for couple of minutes and transfer to a Bowl  .In the same pan heat 1 tbsp Oil and 1/2 tbsp ghee  and add  Wheat flour and fry for Couple minutes . Stirring Continuously on Medium flame.

3. Add Milk with Nuts to the pan and 1 glass water ( 8 Ounces) and Cook for 7 to 8 Minutes . Stir in between . Add rest of Water slowly . After  7 to 8 minutes add Cooked  Spinach , Rasam powder or Sambar powder or  Red chilli powder and Cumin powder and Salt . Check Sauce for Salt and Spices and adjust accordingly .

4. Add cooked Pasta and Chopped Tomatoes . Mix well and cook for Couple of Minutes . Switch off the stove.

5. Add freshly ground Black pepper, Oregano, dried Basil and Mixed herbs.

SERVE warm for Weekend Lunch / Dinner / pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX. 



Pasta with farm fresh vegetables img_2314and Home made Dressing

It is one of the healthy Lunch/Dinner you can whip up in less than 15 minutes  with minimal ingredients. Flavorful and Delicious macaroni salad prepared with farm fresh vegetables . Taste the freshness of vegetables in every bite with Creamy Pasta tossed with homemade salad dressing. I shared an easy way to Cook Pasta . Easy pasta recipe   for weeknight Dinner / Lunch  . Add a handful of Pistachio’s for not only crunch but gives an elegant finish .

Recipe for 3 People .

Preparation time : 15 Minutes and Cooking time : 15 Minutes


1. Cooked Macaroni – 1 Cup ( Raw 1/2 Cup)

2. Salad Cucumber – 1  ( Chopped)

3. Cooked Corn – 1 or 1  Cup  Cooked Kernels

4. Roma tomato – 1 ( diced )

5. Bell Pepper – 1/2 Cup Chopped

6. Cabbage – 1 Cup ( Finely Chopped)

7. Spring Onions

8. Salad Dressing –  RANCH DRSSING , freshly ground Black Pepper and ITALIAN SEASONING .

DIRECTIONS :511841ac-4a88-4d57-aebc-dc49549fcec0

1. Pressure Cook Pasta with 2 1/2 Cups water , little salt and 1 tbsp. Oil for 2 Whistles on Medium flame .

      Or INSTANT POT : Add One cup macaroni to inner pot . Add 2 cups water . Season with salt . Manual 5 minutes. NPR after 7 minutes.

2. When Pressure Comes down , drain Pasta and Cool before mixing with Vegetables .

3 Mix finely Chopped Cucumber , Cooked Corn kernels, diced tomato , Chopped Bell pepper , Finely chopped Cabbage and Cooked Pasta .

4. Taste test the dressing before mixing with Vegetables and Cooked Pasta .

5. Serve immediately orimg_2315 You can pack for Kids Lunch Box.



Pasta in White Sauce with Asparagus and Spices.img_2043

Have  trouble feeding Kids vegetables like Asparagus .  Easy way to make a Picky eater eat their vegetables  is by sneaking in Pasta sauce.  It is rich and creamy without adding Cream and lots of cheese. Try this easy , simple and delicious Pasta recipe in 3 easy steps ( Cooking  Pasta , Asparagus , white Sauce)  .  It is not loaded with Cheese ( Used less Cheese) and heavy Cream . But still it is rich and tasty .I used Orecchiette Pasta so it can hold vegetables and sauce  in every bite . Added spice powder to the sauce so it is not Spicy for Kids but gives extra flavor and an Indian appeal for Pasta. I even shared how to Cook Pasta in Pressure cooker , so you don’t need to Check or stir and you will have a perfectly cooked Pasta . Adding Roma  tomato at the end Peps up the flavor .Serve warm right from the Pan otherwise Sauce will thicken . 

                     When choosing Asparagus choose bright green , fresh cut and not woody  with tight and fully closed budding tips . Depending on its age the bottom part of the stalk would get woody or fibrous and need to be trimmed. You don’t need to steam Asparagus separately and take less time to cook . It will start sizzling and Browning as it hits the pan .

This is One meal your whole family will love and my new favorite way to make kids eat their Vegetables.

Recipe for 2 to 3 People .

Preparation time : 15 minutes and Cooking time : 15 Minutes


1. Cooked Pasta – 1 Cup ( Cook  1/2 cup pasta in pressure cooker with 2 cups water , little salt for 3 whistles at medium high heat ) 

2. Asparagus – 1 1/2 Cup ( Chopped ) and Spinach – 3 handfuls ( chopped), Zucchini , carrots and Bell peppers .

3.  Roma Tomato – 1 ( Deseeded)

4. APF flour – 2 tbsp. or Wheat flour – 2 tbsp or Cashew and Almond powder – 2 tbsp

5. Milk – 1 glass ( 8 Ounces)

6. Water – One glass ( 4 Ounces)

7. Cheddar cheese – 1/4 th Cup

8. Rasam Powder – 1/2 tbsp. or Sambar powder or Red chilli powder , Coriander and Cumin powder – 1/2 tbsp

9. Oil – 1 tbsp. and Ghee – 1 tbsp.

10. Mixed herbs  – 1 tbsp.

METHOD :img_2042

1. Pressure Cook pasta with 1 1/2 glass water, little Salt  for 3 whistles on Medium flame . When Pressure comes down drain Pasta into a Colander . Discard the water .

2. Wash Asparagus and chop into bite size pieces . Heat 1 tbsp. Oil and cook Asparagus and other veggies with lid covered on Medium Heat for 3 to 4 Minutes or Until soft. Transfer Asparagus and Veggies  to a Bowl .

3. Wash the Pan and add  1 tbsp. Oil and 1 tbsp. Ghee and add  garlic. Cook for One minute . Add  2 tbsp. APF flour and cook stirring continuously for  Couple of minutes. Slowly add warm milk and water  ( Make sure there are no lumps) , stir continuously until sauce thickens lightly . It will take 3 to 4 minutes.

4. Season the sauce with Salt and Rasam Powder or Sambar Red chilli Powder , Coriander and cumin powder  . Taste the sauce for Salt and Spices and adjust accordingly . You can add Red pepper flakes too. 

5. Switch off the stove and add Cooked Pasta , Asparagus and Veggies , Cheddar cheese , Diced tomato and Mixed herbs .

SERVE WARM . img_2041