5 Ingredient Healthy Pasta for Meal Prep Lunches

Lunchtime just got a little more delicious! By making this 5 ingredient healthy pasta for meal prep, you can now look forward to lunches again!

5 ingredient pasta for meal prep lunches

Do you ever get bored with lunch options? I know I really do! I work out in the middle of nowhere, and while there are a few options, I just don’t feel like making the trip (in the snow – or lately, rain) and eating something I’m not really wanting, or that isn’t the best for me health wise. The only thing that really works for me is planning a little ahead and meal prepping.

This pasta is amazing. It’s so easy to make, flavorful, and filling! I know you (like me) have 8 oz of whole wheat pasta leftover from last weeks’ Five Ingredient Friday recipe (this awesome 5 ingredient pancetta parmesan cauliflower pasta recipe) so that is what we’re going to use for this recipe. It’s just 5 ingredients, and the beauty of this recipe is that you can customize it by what you have on hand. The 5 ingredients in this pasta recipe are whole wheat pasta (you can use any type of pasta), turkey sausage (or chicken sausage, or any type of sausage), swiss chard (or spinach or kale), olive oil, and parmesan cheese. Super easy to make, and when you divide it up, you have 2 ounce portions of pasta, so you’re not sitting there eating more than a serving (which I’m totally guilty of!)

Meal prepping, meal prep recipes for breakfast lunch and dinnerI pack lunches for my hubby and I almost every day. There are some occasions where I haven’t done any meal prepping, and we both can really tell and send each sad face emojis during lunch. What I like to do is to take a few hours on Sunday to meal prep, it ensures that we have something made and ready to eat for the week. Here are some of my favorite recipes for meal prepping:

Recipes for healthy meal prepping

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of my favorite recipes to meal prep, among them is definitely this 5 ingredient pasta with sausage and swiss chard. Do you meal prep? I’d love to know!

5 Ingredient Healthy Pasta for Meal Prep Lunches
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Serves: 4
  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta - can use any type of pasta you'd like
  • 4 turkey sausage links - can use any type of sausage you'd like (each link should be 2.5-3 oz, 10-12 oz total)
  • 1 bunch of rainbow swiss chard, cleaned and chopped (about 4 cups raw) - can use kale or spinach
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded, divided
  1. Cook pasta according to the package instructions. Drain, and divide the pasta into 4 containers.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over high heat add ½ tablespoon of olive oil and cook the sausage until brown and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes, turning every few minutes to brown. Remove the sausage from the pan and slice and divide among the 4 containers.
  3. Next add the remaining ½ tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and add in the swiss chard. Cook, stirring occasionally until the swiss chard reduces, about 5 minutes (sometimes I add in a few tablespoons of the pasta water if the pan seems to dry). Divide the chard among the 4 containers.
  4. Top each container with ¼ cup of parmesan cheese.
  5. Put a lid on each container and shake it a couple of times to mix everything. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy within a week.

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  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    Isn’t meal prep the best? I love it when I’m organized and get my food together on Sundays. Love these little seasonal pasta salads and I could so eat these all week! Yum!

    • Sweetphi

      Meal prepping totally saves my sanity during the week!! Pasta salads are definitely among my faves!!

  • cheri

    Hi Phi, love your healthy pasta lunches, your 5 ingredient meals are the best.

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much Cheri, I appreciate that you like my 5 ingredient meals, they’re my favorite!

  • Bridget

    Sounds delicious and healthy… question re sausage … whats the ‘weight’ amount of sausage? Recipe sounds adaptable but not sure if u were using breakfast sausage links? Turkey kielbasa? Etc … with a sense of the quantity I can adapt recipe to what I have on hand … thanks much!!

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you for the comment Bridget, I’ve updated the recipe with the weight amount. Total weight of the sausage should be 10-12 ounces. Hope you enjoy this dish

  • Beth

    What a great idea! I’m always happy when I’ve prepped in advance and can pack a lunch for work.

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much! Lunch prep definitely helps me during the crazy busy week 🙂

  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    These look great! I do meal prep every Sunday, and this looks sooooo easy!!

    • Sweetphi

      I’m so glad you like the looks of this, meal prep is a total life saver, isn’t it?

  • Little Cooking Tips

    Fantastic! We recently discovered some healthy -no dangerous preservatives- fresh sausages in the local butcher, and are really excited to try them in this recipe! It really makes for a yummy, filling lunch! Thank you so much dear!

    • Sweetphi

      It’s so great when one finds healthy & non preservative laden sausages, isn’t it? I bet those would work perfectly in this recipe 🙂 Thank you so much for your comments!

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