Menu Ideas

Ranch Lentil Penne Bento Box (K-12)

Pair Lentil Penne with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and mozzarella to create a protein-packed Mediterranean-inspired bento box.

Yield: 100, 5.7 oz servings


  • 1. Using a large pot, boil 6 1/4 gallons of water. Cook pasta for 11 minutes. Stir frequently. Strain and rinse with cold water immediately. OR: Using 2- 12” x 20” x 4” steamtable pans, add enough hot water to cover pasta by 1/2-inch or more and stir. Steam uncovered 18-21 minutes (to desired tenderness), strain immediately, rinse with cold water. Cool in the refrigerator.
  • 2. Toss lentil penne with ranch dressing. Toss tomatoes and cucumbers.
  • 3. In 4-compartment bento containers fill each individual section as follows: 1/3 cup (2 oz) ranch lentil penne, 1/4 cup (2 oz server) tomato-cucumber salad, 1/4 cup (2 oz server) olives, 1 oz mozzarella cubes. Serve chilled.


Serving Size 5.7 oz

Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 30%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 560mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 12g 0%
Sugars 6g
Protein 14g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Credit as Legume Vegetable: 1 oz eq M/MA, 1/4 cup Legume, 1/8 cup Red/Org, 3/8 cup Other OR Credit as M/MA: 2 oz eq M/MA, 1/8 cup Red/Org, 3/8 cup Other


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