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The Florida Tomatoes Green Fettuccine recipe is sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own.
Fresh From Florida tomatoes are now in season in our state!
We love living in the sunshine state because we get to enjoy Fresh From Florida produce harvested right here in the state. Florida agriculture is an essential segment as we have the opportunity to eat fresh veggies and fruits thanks to the labor of our local farmers, who make it easy for us to eat and bring fresh produce to our tables every day, and year-round.
Florida tomato is at the peak of the season now; they are sweet and juicy. Hand-grown and nurtured by Florida growers for maximum goodness. Most of the growing and harvesting happens in Homestead, Immokalee, Fort Pierce, Palmetto, Ruskin, Lakeland, and Orlando areas.
The Florida tomato varieties include grape tomatoes which we have used in our recipe for the Florida Tomatoes Green Fettuccine. These tomatoes are sweet and burst in your mouth with a punch of flavor. And you can find them at Publix.
Did you know tomatoes are a fruit and not a vegetable?
In 1893 the United States Supreme Court ruled that because the tomato is eaten with the main meal instead of at the end, it is legally classified as a vegetable and not as a fruit. Who knew?
Do you refrigerate your tomatoes?
I hope nobody does it, typically when we buy tomatoes at the supermarket, these haven’t ripened. Placing them in the cold stops the ripening process and kills the flavor, so is best to leave them in the counter until ready to use.
Why should we include tomatoes in our diet?
Tomatoes are overflowing with good nutrition. One medium sized tomato provides 40 percent of our recommended daily allowance for vitamin C, and 20 percent of our vitamin A needs. Plus also contains an antioxidant compound called lycopene which makes them color red and red is good for us!
Are you ready to cook the Florida Tomatoes Green Fettuccine?
Florida Tomatoes Green Fettuccine
- 1 pound green fettuccine pasta
- 6 cups water
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pint Florida grape tomatoes sliced in halves
- 1 cup pesto sauce homemade or commercial
- 1/2 cup shavings of parmesan cheese
- 1 cup basil leaves
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1 yellow lemon juiced
- Cook the pasta first by adding the pasta to boiling water seasoned with cooking oil and salt. The pasta will be ready after 10 minutes. When ready, drain the cooking water and temper with cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Prepare the pesto by blending all ingredients using a powerful blender. Add the lemon juice at the end to brighten up the flavors of the sauce. Add the pesto sauce and combine with the cooked green fettuccine.
- Incorporate the Florida grape tomatoes and combine with the pasta and the pesto. Serve in a bowl and finish with shavings of parmesan cheese.
- Avoid overcooking the pasta and when combining with the rest of the ingredients use two forks to fold all the components gently.
- Can replace the parmesan shavings with feta cheese or queso fresco.
- For the pesto sauce, use spinach or baby kale instead of basil if desired.
Follow the Fresh, look for the Fresh From Florida Label!
When you do your grocery shopping either at the farmers market or at the supermarket look for the Fresh From Florida label, you will be amazed at how many stores sell Florida produce and seafood.
And if you love fresh produce, I invite you to follow the Fresh on social media to get the scoop on what is in season in the sunshine state and check out the Fresh! recipe videos to get more inspiration on what to cook.