Aahh…finally, it’s almost here…the Fall season. It’s my favorite time of the year – visually and weather-wise. I LOVE the deep, rich colors the season offers. And since me and 90°+ weather do not play well together, I embrace the milder temperatures.
Because the end of the sweltering summer also means the end of my favorite, readily available summer fruits and vegetables, Fall typically requires switching things up a bit in the kitchen. Root vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, winter squash, dark leafy greens, Asian Pears, figs, sweet potatoes, apples, and cranberries fill my fruit/vegetable bin.
The flavorful, sophisticated sun-dried tomato replaces vine-ripe tomatoes, which look less appealing as we reach the cooler months.
This week, it’s all about my Under the Tuscan Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Pasta. I mixed it with, what else – – Tuscan Kale (darker and healthier version of traditional kale) and a seasonal Fall pasta shape, which you can find virtually anywhere these days. Inspired by one of my favorite chick flicks – the 2003 movie Under the Tuscan Sun, this savory dish is the perfect welcome to the Fall season. With just a few ingredients, tomato-based pesto is easy to make and budget-friendly. The sun-dried tomatoes add a sharp, zesty bite to this rustic bowl of flavored goodness. Good luck with having just one serving!