Wolfe's Market's pasta salad. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles…)
This week's Culinary SOS request comes from Meg Hassenpflug in Ontario:
"Wolfe's Market in Claremont Village is a boutique grocery store, wine shop and meat counter, and it also has a remarkable ready-to-eat deli. We are addicted to the lemon pasta salad that includes zucchini, basil, peas and grape tomatoes among other things."
Sweet cherry tomatoes and vibrant zucchini strips lend bright colors to this pasta salad, and the fresh lemon zest adds a nice zing. The pasta salad comes together in minutes, the flavors rounded out with fresh chopped basil and rich Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Thanks, Meg! You can find the recipe below.
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Wolfe’s Market’s shell pasta salad with lemon zest
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: Makes 5 quarts
Note: Adapted from Wolfe’s Market in Claremont.
1 pound shell pasta
Zest of 2 lemons
1 1/2 cups petite peas
3 zucchini, cut into matchsticks
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/2 bunch (1/3 ounce) fresh basil, leaves finely chopped
8 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler
3 to 4 tablespoons best-quality olive oil
1. Cook the shell pasta to al dente according to the manufacturer’s directions, then rinse under cold running water to cool completely.
2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, lemon zest, thawed peas, cut zucchini, tomatoes, basil and Parmesan. Drizzle over olive oil to coat and toss gently. The salad will keep up to 2 days, covered and refrigerated.
Each cup: 170 calories; 4 grams protein; 20 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 6 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 9 mg cholesterol; 2 grams sugar; 93 mg sodium.