The 3-Ingredient Costco Pasta Salad I Make Over and Over
Few summers ago, I threw some serious bashes, including a 70th birthday party for my father-in-law, and a big outdoor wedding shower for my sister. At both of these parties, there was a new star of the buffet, and it wasn’t the fried chicken or the cupcakes. No, it was my new Costco secret that I am now prepared to share with you: A three-ingredient pasta salad that is so good I have made it over and over again since.
This three-ingredient wonder came to me while browsing Costco for party-shopping. I picked up the Kirkland Five Cheese Tortelloni (it’s a favorite of my kids, too). I grabbed some cherry tomatoes, as they are endlessly useful and appealing. And then I saw the Kirkland Artichoke Hearts and it all came together.
How to Make the Costco Pasta Salad
Cook a full package of the tortelloni. Then slice a couple pints of cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise so they look prettier, are easier to spear with a fork, and to allow their juices to mingle a bit more with the salad. Then drain the artichoke hearts over a bowl (save the oily marinade!) and cut them up, slicing them in half lengthwise so they are bite-sized. Toss all this in a big bowl and add enough of the artichokes’ marinade to coat and flavor the salad. That’s it!
This pasta salad could be improved further by a few little things, if you have the time: You could add a squeeze or two of lemon juice to the dressing. You could make it more visually appealing by adding some shredded fresh basil or shards of Parmesan. I have also considered adding mozzarella balls, but that seems like gilding the lily.
This makes a huge quantity — enough for a dozen people at least — and it holds very nicely in the refrigerator for several days; the flavors just mingle and improve. I’ve made it for an easy weeknight dinner and leftovers became a lunch-box basic.
This post originally appeared on The Kitchn. See it there: The 3-Ingredient Costco Pasta Salad I Make Over and Over