As crisp, cool air blows through the California trees, it's hard not to think of fall and the deliciously warm, hearty meals that await us this season. Fall is the perfect time to try out a new soup and of course the many fall vegetables. And don't forget the pumpkin flavored dessert!
Are you ready to usher the fall season into your kitchen? Here are some recipes that are perfect for season.
Eggs with Sweet Potato Hash
Swap out your home fries for some of the sweet potato variety to bring some fall flavor into your breakfast. Scramble your eggs and then add cubed sweet potatoes, a little green onion and spinach. Heat until the spinach begins to wilt and your sweet potatoes have a nice brown color on them. This combination results in the perfect fall breakfast to wake up to. If you want to spice things up a bit, swap your scrambled eggs for poached ones and top it with a thyme hollandaise sauce.
Rustic Vegetable Soup
You can never go wrong with homemade soup. Fall offers some great seasonal vegetables, such as squash and sweet potatoes. Take advantage of these tasty veggies with a rustic soup that combines squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini and orzo. In a large pot, sautee onion and garlic over olive oil until lightly browned. Then you’ll add your vegetables, orzo, crushed tomatoes, thyme, rosemary and chicken or vegetable broth. Now you just have to let it simmer for about 30 minutes or until the orzo is cooked through. This fall soup is quick and easy to make, which means you'll be enjoying a warm bowl in no time.
Bacon and Butternut Squash Pasta
Pasta has long been a comfort food to many people, and bringing a dose of fall into this favorite is as easy as adding some butternut squash. The sweet, nutty taste of butternut squash is the perfect complement to any fall dish. Boil your favorite tube-shaped pasta noodles, such as ziti or penne, and top it with a light cream or goat cheese sauce. Add sauteed butternut squash, onion and kale before sprinkling bacon bits over the top. You can enjoy it from there or pop it into the oven and bake it for about 25 minutes at 400 degrees for a crunchier taste.
Pumpkin Walnut Cheesecake
Pumpkin is king during the fall months, but rather than go for the traditional pumpkin pie, why not try a pumpkin flavored cheesecake? It sounds more complicated than it is. Prepare your favorite cheesecake crust and place in a springform pan. For the cheesecake, you’ll need about three blocks of cream cheese, sugar, dark brown sugar, pumpkin puree, whipping cream, cinnamon, cloves and eggs. You’ll mix the ingredients until blended, pour over the crust and bake for about an hour. Top it with a crumbly brown sugar topping with walnuts. This cheesecake is so good it could become your new favorite way to enjoy pumpkin.