Autumn is an ideal time to perfect your pumpkin recipes! Whether you make puree or pumpkin pie from scratch, there’s a unique pumpkin dish out there all your family members will love.
Fall is a time when everyone starts to get cozy inside to settle in for the winter. And, there’s no better ingredient to celebrate the changing season than pumpkin! Whether you prefer butternut squash, acorn squash, Hokkaido, or spaghetti squash, there are plenty of pumpkin recipes to try out. And the best part is: they are so versatile that whether it's a casserole, pumpkin bread, or a dessert after a big turkey dinner, you can test a new fall recipe with pumpkin every day!
Some people prefer canned pumpkin, but you don’t have to be an expert to cook your own. Start by looking for ripe pie or sugar pumpkins as they’re easier to work with. Then follow these instructions for cooking fresh pumpkins:
You can use this pumpkin puree in many of your favorite fall recipes.
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1 pumpkin (servings vary accordingly)
Ultimate Pumpkin Puree
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Wash the pumpkin, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove the stem by hitting it hard, or cut it out.
Scoop out the pumpkin seeds. You can discard, or set aside to roast later.
Place the pumpkin halves face down on the sheet and bake until a knife pierces it, approximately 45 minutes.
Once done, scoop it out and puree with a food processor or Vitamix.
Place the puree in a mesh strainer and weigh it down to remove extra liquid. It will take approximately 1-2 hours.
You can then refrigerate or freeze your fresh pumpkin puree for all kinds of great pumpkin recipes!
The pureed pumpkin is just a base. Season your roasted, pureed pumpkin with salt, cinnamon or other seasonings to enjoy on its own, or use it in your favorite pumpkin pie.
Pumpkin is one of the best fruits that autumn offers up. And there are plenty of easy pumpkin recipes that go beyond plain old pie. If you have any favorites, you may even want to share them on FamilyApp!
From jumping in the leaves to sipping coffee in a warm sweater, there are plenty of things that make fall fun. And few things help to celebrate the season quite like easy pumpkin recipes savory and sweet! Do you have any favorites? Share them with others in our comments! Whether you want to add healthy pumpkin spice to your coffee or make a feast, pumpkin makes for many amazing options.