Pizza Pasta Salad Recipe

Add a little variety to your kids' lunchboxes with this easy pizza pasta salad recipe!

This pizza pasta salad recipe is the perfect quick dinner and school lunch idea. Assembled within minutes and completely customizable, this is one recipe your entire family will love.

An easy recipe for a simple dinner kids will love or a lunchbox idea that is put together in a snap!

I hope the simplicity of this recipe doesn’t disappoint you. Oftentimes, when I’m searching for new ways to add variety to my kids’ school lunches and family’s meals, I over complicate things.

Search pinterest and you’ll find hundreds of ideas. I have found and tried the good, the bad, and the ugly and everything in between. I even have a huge post with 75+ office (and school) lunch ideas you can check out. The thing is, that often times it’s the simple ideas that escape us.

One bowl filled with real food turning broccoli into an ultimate kid appeal recipe

My daughter, who loves pizza, just recently  (at the age of 8) started eating broccoli. Believe me when I tell you that I’ve been “introducing” it for years. Roasted, on pizza, steamed, cold with a dip, in tacos, chopped inside mini quiches… and more. Call me the queen of creative cooking but I am not giving up on her learning to love new foods.

One day, I tossed together some leftover pasta with the night before’s steamed broccoli and her favorite pizza toppings and packed it in her school lunch. I told her, she had pizza pasta for lunch. The container came back empty! Who would have thought. Incredible.

Make veggies like broccoli less intimidating with this easy pizza pasta recipe

I’m not sure how it hadn’t occurred to me to serve it up this way; it’s not rocket science. And yet, now that she’s learned to like it this way… I can add it to many other recipes and she’s ok with it.

Over time, I’ve learned that one way to successfully introduce new foods to kids is to use a basic recipe they already love add in one new thing. Once the new ingredient is accepted, you are on your way to cooking with it in other ways. It’s all about transferring that veggie (or other food) into the “safe” list.

I am not that great at gourmet cooking (I can follow a recipe)… but I can come up with 20 simple ways or serving up any ingredient in a matter of minutes while making it appealing to kids.

an easy idea to add a little variety to the lunchbox with leftover pasta

While all my kids don’t eat everything, they are slowly adding more things to their list. In a house where I have to take into consideration grain free, gluten free, dairy free, and unprocessed foods… simplicity is key.

To make this recipe gluten free, use gluten free pasta. For a grain free option, use spiraled zucchini noodles (you’ll need to lightly sauté them first). If you have a minute, check out this easy video on how it’s made.

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If this recipe helps your family discover a new love for pasta salad served up at lunchtime you can try our Jambalaya Pasta Salad recipe next!

Pizza Pasta Salad Recipe – Family Sized

An easy recipe for a simple dinner kids will love or a lunchbox idea that is put together in a snap!
  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
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Ingredients

  • 12 ounce box pasta, cooked
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped
  • 4 ounces nitrate free pepperoni slices, quartered
  • 1/3 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing (or olive oil + 1 teaspoon italian seasoning)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to box directions, drain, and rinse. Allow pasta to cool down to room temperature in a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, chop all your ingredients and toss them into the bowl, waiting until the pasta is cooled to toss in the cheese (otherwise it will melt).
  3. Add in italian dressing and toss to combine well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight. Store leftovers inane airtight container for up to 3 days.

 

Pizza Pasta Salad – Single Serving

An easy recipe for a simple dinner kids will love or a lunchbox idea that is put together in a snap!
  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked spiral pasta
  • 1oz mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 12 broccoli florets, chopped
  • Nitrate free pepperoni slices, quartered
  • 34 black olives, sliced
  • 34 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 12 Tablespoons Italian dressing (or olive oil)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate or pack inside a lunchbox.

 

6 thoughts on “Pizza Pasta Salad Recipe”

  1. This looks great!! I love pasta salads like this. I was a bit of a picky eater growing up, too, but my mom would put vegetables in stews and stuff like that and I ate it all up. It’s probably because it was drenched in gravy or cream sauce (she made this chicken broccoli them with cream of chicken soup that I STILL have dreams about) but it worked!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      funny the things we remember… lol

  2. Blade says:

    For a 27 year old grown man, I’m pretty damn picky. But this is probably one of the best pasta salads I’ve ever had.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Glad you liked it Blade.

  3. Katie Olson says:

    Hi! Excited to try this! Can you tell me what kind of container those are?

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      You don’t want to buy that container, Katie. It’s one I got years ago as a sample and it leaks.

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