Celebrate pumpkin season with this collection of 35+ Pumpkin Recipes! You’ll find savory pumpkin recipes like pumpkin soup, curry and pasta, as well as pumpkin desserts like pie and cupcakes. This post also includes nutrition facts about pumpkins, choosing and storing them and so much more!
Pumpkin is one of the most popular ingredients during the fall season. It’s incredibly versatile and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes ranging from soups and risotto to pie and cookies.
While many people turn to canned pumpkin for its convenience, I enjoy using fresh pumpkin for its fresh flavor and silky texture. It truly makes every recipe next level!
Whether you use canned purée or prefer to cook it yourself is besides the point….it’s just not fall without pumpkin.
I hope this collection of pumpkin recipes and produce guide inspires you to use pumpkin in exciting new ways, and that you learn a few new things about this amazing winter squash.
Pumpkin is a type of squash plant native to North America. It is often associated with autumn holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, as it is commonly used for seasonal foods like pumpkin pie and decorations.
It is known for its round shape, orange color, and hard, ridged shell, and is in season from early fall through late November. Pumpkin plants grow on a vine, typically 20-30 feet long.
What does pumpkin taste like?
The flavors of pumpkin can be described as sweet, nutty, and slightly earthy and savory, with some undertones of butter and brown sugar. It has a silky texture that lends a smooth, creamy consistency to dishes.
Are all pumpkins edible?
Yes, all pumpkins are edible, but some varieties are definitely better for cooking and baking because of their texture and flavor. Pumpkins used for Jack-O-Lanterns, for example, have watery, stringy flesh and the flavor isn’t as sweet.
Pumpkin is very nutrient dense, low in calories (only 30 calories per cup) and high in vitamins and minerals. It’s an excellent source of beta-carotene, which your body naturally converts into vitamin A. Just a single cup of pumpkin can provide you with over 200% of your recommended daily intake.
Pumpkin is also packed with vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. It’s also a great low carb option as it includes just 8 carbohydrates per cup. Be sure to read this article on health benefits of pumpkins for more information.
How to choose and store a fresh pumpkin
Choose a pumpkin that has a healthy looking stem, is heavy for its size and is free of discoloration.
Store whole pumpkins in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months. Once cut, they should be wrapped tightly, refrigerated, and used within five days. Puree and cubes may also be frozen for later use.
Pumpkin can be cooked a number of different ways. I love preparing roasted pumpkin to scoop out the flesh and use it in risotto and soup. You can also follow my instructions for homemade pumpkin purée to use in your fall baking.
Savory Pumpkin Recipes
The recipes below includes several delicious savory pumpkin dinner recipes, snack ideas and more!
Pumpkin and Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells
Pumpkin and Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells are a fantastic make-ahead meal! Be organised for dinner and enjoy this delicious, flavour-packed dish!
Thai Pumpkin Curry is packed with tender chunks of chicken, pumpkin and veggies in a creamy flavorful coconut red curry sauce! It's an easy weeknight dinner that's great for meal prep and it's freezer friendly!
This Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe is the ultimate fall dessert! They're creamy and delicious with plenty of pumpkin and the warm flavor of pumpkin spice. This mini dessert is easy to make and it's perfect for the holidays!
Learn how to make pumpkin pie from scratch with only a few simple ingredients!. This homemade pumpkin pie has a flaky pie crust, luscious pumpkin filling and plenty of pumpkin pie spice for the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert.