LOS ANGELES -- Dear SOS: Wolfe's Market in Claremont Village, Calif., 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. -- Meg Hassenpflug, Ontario
Dear Meg: 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. Wolfe's Market was happy to share its recipe, which we've adapted below.
Wolfe's Market's Shell Pasta Salad with Lemon Zest
Makes 5 quarts. Total time: 30 minutes. Adapted from Wolfe's Market, Claremont, Calif.
1 pound shell pasta
Zest of 2 lemons
1 1/2 cups petite peas
3 zucchini, cut into matchsticks