Since I celebrated the end of summer tomatoes earlier this week, I’m moving on to the best of the fall bounty. The farmer’s market is overflowing with squashes of all shapes and sizes, giant stalks of brussels sprouts, and big baskets of locally foraged mushrooms. While any of these veggies would be perfect on their own as a simple roasted side dish, I wanted to make something a bit more substantial this week.
My favorite way to bulk up a meatless meal is with a portion of pasta. And since I had been in a clean-out-the-fridge mode before the start of my kitchen renovation, I’d been getting *pretty* inventive as far as what constituted a pasta sauce. But you know what? Sometimes forced creativity leads to the happiest discoveries.
I spied a container of La Terra Fina Chunky Artichoke & Jalapeño Dip & Spread, and figured I would just give it a try as a creamy addition to my vegetable pasta. And it worked like a charm! I thinned out the dip with a bit of cream and vegetable broth, and was thrilled with how this creamy “sauce” ended up tasting like something I had been simmering on the stove for hours. With just a hint of spice from the jalapeños, and nice big chunks of artichoke, this dip turned out to be the perfect thing to pull the whole dish together.
Made with high-quality ingredients, all of La Terra Fina’s products are bursting with a just-like-homemade flavor. They’re free of trans fats, artificial colors and flavors, and preservatives, so you can feel good whenever you serve these chef-inspired dips (even when you’re pretending they are pasta sauce). Enjoy!
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