Growing up, spaghetti meant one thing. Spaghetti strands slathered with a sweetened tomato-based meat sauce that was loaded with sliced red hotdogs. Grated cheese topped the whole thing. For the 7-year-old me, that was spaghetti.
At that time, it boggled my brain to find out that spaghetti was JUST a type of pasta. And that it can be sauced by something other than the spaghetti sauce I knew. It was a pleasant discovery that opened my eyes to a world of possibilities. Now, I actually enjoy pasta tossed in something as simple as olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. That’s what’s pictured here, though sprinkled some parmesan cheese atop the hot pasta, and tossed some lightly steamed, shelled shrimps as well.
Aside from that, I packed along some yummy baby potatoes, cooked in butter and soy sauce, some tomato wedges and a star-shaped hardboiled egg. While this bento is sadly lacking protein (or at least give me my meat!) the savory baby potatoes provided the nice contrast against the very lightly flavored pasta. Good enough for me!