9 Hearty Recipes That Prove Fall Is the Best Season

Fall flavors are an absolute feast for the senses. There's the heady aroma of homemade apple pie in the oven, the vibrant color of a rich beet soup, and the creamy flavor of the first bite of sweet potato pasta still warm from the stovetop. If you're salivating at the thought of fall harvest, brace yourself: We've rounded up nine of the best hearty recipes that make in-season produce the hero.

Now that you've got your harvest shopping list (and know how to pick the best produce), it's time to get out the pots and pans. Here, we turn to some of our favorite foodies to share the best way to cook with the colorful, flavor-packed fruit and vegetables that are ripe and ready this fall. Turn on the oven, and let's get cooking.

Tomato and Cheddar Tart


The Hero: Tomatoes are ripe, juicy, and aromatic in October, so head to your local farmers market for heirloom and cherry varieties. A recent study from the University of Florida found that storing tomatoes in the fridge causes genetic damage and ruins the flavor, so be sure to keep them in a basket at room temperature. 

The Recipe: Rich, red tomatoes almost look like a work of art atop this Tomato and Cheddar Tart With Savory Parmesan Crust from Flourishing Foodie. If you usually opt for store-bought pie crusts, boost your baking game with this relatively easy crust recipe, which has the salty bite of Parmesan cheese.