A couple of days ago I was at Trader Joe’s with Lily shopping for some staples—you know: milk, bread, eggs, Crunchy Curls potato lentil snacks, etc. At the tester station, they were serving up Pantry Pasta Salad made with various jars of stuff from TJs. My little Lily loves to be a part of meal planning and she was adamant that we had to get the ingredients for Pantry Pasta Salad:
- a pound of pasta
- a jar of sliced black olives
- a jar of artichoke antipasto (a type of tapenade-esque spread)
- a jar of julienned sun-dried tomatoes
- a jar of marinated garlic mushrooms
It’s no exaggeration to call this the easiest pasta salad on earth. You simply boil the pasta, drain the mushrooms and olives, and dump all the jars of stuff into the warm pasta. Stir it up. Done. Is it the greatest pasta salad ever? Of course not, but it’s a super easy weeknight side dish and could be improved with the addition of fresh herbs, some cherry tomatoes, and maybe some shredded kale. Leftover pasta salad makes a great lunch for the kiddos. Add a some fruit, veggies and protein (honey Greek yogurt, yum): voila! Easy Friday lunch.