When you’re looking for solid shopping deals and food in-bulk, Costco is the place to be. Shoppers go crazy for Costco’s bulk prices on frozen food and bakery, as well as their awesome deals on home goods and even clothing. People sometimes forget that the big-box store made famous for its in-bulk products also has some great options in the deli. Their pre-prepared meals are great for easy family dinners and customers rave about the delicious offerings. While the available options depend on the specific store and the season, Costco is bringing back some tasty comfort meals as the weather continues to cool — and they’ll be the perfect fit for warming your belly.
During your next trip to the land of bulk prices, be sure to slide up to the Costco deli and grab one of these super-convenient grab-and-go deli meals. Cooking them is quick and simple, and they’ll satisfy any craving.
Italian Sausage Pasta with Garlic Wine Sauce
For a traditional Italian dinner, Costco’s Italian Sausage Pasta is savory, filling, and feeds two or three people. Plump, ear-shaped orecchiette pasta is topped with Italian sausage, tomatoes, spinach, a garlic wine sauce, and it’s topped with parmesan cheese. This grab-and-go pasta dinner weighs in at almost 4 lbs and costs under $20 for the whole tin. Simply throw it in the oven for 50-60 minutes and pair it with a dry white wine for an easy, classic Italian dinner with almost no effort at all.
Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni with Marinara Sauce
For the vegetarian Italian food lover, Costco’s Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni take-and-bake meal hits the spot. Tube-shaped noodles are stuffed with ricotta and other cheeses, along with spinach so you can get some leafy greens in your diet. It’s smothered in marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese to give you that warm, gooey texture that makes comfort food delicious. Pair it with a nice cabernet or Zinfandel to take your Italian dinner up a notch.
The classic comfort food, meatloaf has been a staple in the American family’s weekly dinner plan for generations. Costco’s take-and-bake meatloaf, while it’s pre-cooked, is a fan favorite. It’s smothered with ketchup and even comes with a generous side of mashed potatoes. Arguably the best thing about Costco’s meatloaf is the price. Pair up your meatloaf feast with a robust red wine or even a brown ale for an all-around satisfying dinner experience.
Chicken Pot Pie
A delicious, heart-warming dish that’s perfect for cool fall days, Costco’s Chicken Pot Pie is nothing short of a crowd-pleaser. It’s made right in the deli with Costco’s famous rotisserie chicken, and it cooks in roughly an hour at 375 degrees F. The crust comes out flakey and delicious, particularly if you top it with an egg and butter wash before popping it into the oven. Best of all, this take-and-bake meal weighs in at over five lbs and can feed a family of four easily. It’s hearty, filling, and so simple to prepare.
Once you’ve grabbed your favorite grab-and-go Costco meal, be sure you pick up a couple of sides to complement it. Whether it’s a great salad mix, mixed vegetables, dessert, or one of Costco’s new flavors of bread, you’ll love having that extra flavor added to your take-and-bake meal. Here are a couple of fan favorites among Costco’s delicious bread and dessert options.
Rosemary parmesan bread
Two loaves of this flavorful bread come in one package for only $6.99. It’s a great addition to any meal, but particularly to the two Italian grab-and-go meals we discussed earlier. You can freeze one of the loaves to use later for delicious lunches like upgraded grilled cheese sandwiches, or you can cube it up and dry it out to make outstanding croutons for your weekly salads.
Cranberry walnut bread
A delectable savory-sweet fall flavor, the cranberry walnut bread comes as a large and lovely round loaf that slices up nicely for turkey sandwiches, toast, or just as a side of bread and butter to complement your dinner. At $8.99 per loaf, this bread is a bit pricey, but it’s packed generously with those tart cranberries and crunchy walnuts.
Costco does classic food well, and their pumpkin pie is no exception. The iconic recipe has been around since the mid-1980s and has been a favorite pick among Costco members ever since. While the price of the massive 10-inch fall-flavored pie has gone up since last year, we think the new sticker price of $6.99 per pie is still a steal for the amount of delicious pumpkin pie you get.
Costco isn’t just for bulk frozen foods anymore. Their deli has stepped up their game and it regularly offers some amazing pre-prepared meals, sides, and bakery items that are delicious, generous, and super easy to make. If you tend to dread cooking dinner mid-week, the meals and sides on this list will give you a family meal that’s both tasty and incredibly simple to make.
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