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Pumpkin Recipe Roundup for Fall

By Peter Simek 10.4.21

Pumpkin may be one of the most underrated kitchen ingredients. While it’s long been hailed as the Thanksgiving dessert of choice, baked into cozy fall breakfasts, and awaited annually at coffee shops when the temperature drops, it’s often overlooked as a healthy and flavorful essential for cold-weather dinners and savory dishes.

For your fall kitchen inspiration, here’s a collection of our favorite pumpkin recipes.


Spiced Pumpkin Bread
Jenn Segal’s simple and delicious pumpkin bread is derived from a magazine recipe her grandmother clipped over a half-century ago. A trio of zesty spices — cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg — elevate this classic, making it the perfect accompaniment to a chilly fall morning.
Get the recipe from Once Upon a Chef.

Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes
With buttermilk and a blast of pumpkin pie spice, these pumpkin pancakes offer the perfect fall twist on a breakfast classic. For an extra dose of coziness, serve them with warm butter, candied pecans, and your favorite hot syrup.
Get the recipe from The Texas Table.

Pumpkin and Ginger Scones
Pumpkin puree adds depth of flavor and sweetness to the batter of these little scones. But this pumpkin recipe’s true hero is the little touch of spicy ginger that transforms these breakfast bites into a whole new level of cozy morning goodness.
Get the recipe from the New York Times.

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Roasted Garlic and Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin can add a new flavor dimension to just about any dish. Here, hummus is prepared with chickpeas, lemon, garlic, olive oil, and tahini as normal — but a healthy dose of pumpkin puree and a dab of pumpkin pie spice reposition the dip as the perfect fall party opener.
Get the recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

Smoky Pumpkin Deviled Eggs
For your next fall brunch, try adding some canned pure pumpkin to your deviled eggs filling. You’ll be surprised how well this typical pie ingredient blends with Dijon mustard, horseradish, and smoked paprika.
Get the recipe from Country Living.

Garlic Parmesan Pumpkin Seeds
Get the most out of your jack-o’-lantern carving by saving your seeds for this unique and moreish afternoon snack.
Get the recipe from Delish.

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Pumpkin Gnocchi
Enjoy your favorite fall flavors in this simple – but satisfying – dish. Pillowy pumpkin gnocchi may look hard to achieve, but this step-by-step guide (with photos included) makes it a cinch.
Get the recipe from Bianca Zapatka.

Pasta With Smoky Pumpkin Cream Sauce
You can whip up this rich and delicious pasta sauce on a moment’s notice, making it a convenient and cozy weekday option for busy families. Simply whisk pumpkin puree and heavy cream with smoky Spanish paprika, salt, and pepper and toss with any kind of pasta — penne works great — and you’ve got it.
Get the recipe from Epicurious.

Pumpkin Lasagne
In this recipe, pumpkin does the heavy lifting typically accomplished by ricotta in a traditional lasagna. Seasoned with sage and nutmeg and thickened with heavy cream, this rich variation on a classic family dish is best enjoyed after a long, cool walk on a misty Sunday.
Get the recipe from Food & Wine.

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Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Inspired by a soup served at The Picnic House in Portland, Oregon, this delicious soup achieves a rich, creamy consistency by substituting coconut milk for heavy cream. The blend of garlic and cayenne pepper with maple syrup or honey lends this soup a sweet and hot finish that makes it an unforgettable crowd-pleaser.
Get the recipe from Cookie + Kate.

Pumpkin Chili
Yes, true Texas chili is a sacred concoction that consists of a few simple ingredients and never any beans. But Dinner Tonight, which is published by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, suggests committing a little chili sacrilege to add a pumpkin pop to your next steaming bowl. Who are we to say no?
Get the recipe from Dinner Tonight.

Sausage-and-Rice-Stuffed Pumpkins
Here’s an absolute autumn indulgence that packs a lot of flavor into a kid-friendly meal. Small pumpkins — about 2 pounds each — are stuffed with sausage, mushrooms, vegetables, and rice and then baked in the oven.
Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

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Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie
Libby’s has defined pumpkin pie for generations of Americans. The company began printing the recipe on its cans of pure pumpkin in the 1950s. Its enduring appeal is owed to its simplicity, flavor, and ready-baked dose of nostalgia.
Get the recipe from Very Best Baking.

Chewy Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
It’s difficult to figure out what works best about these spiced, iced cookies. Is it the perfect, chewy consistency, the hearty taste of oats, the silky finish of pumpkin spice? The cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg that punches up a backdrop of earthy, sweet vanilla? Or is it the subtle drizzle of almond milk-powdered sugar icing? Whatever it is, these cookies are close to perfection.
Get the recipe from A Couple Cooks.

Pumpkin Bars
Moist, cakey, sweetened with spiced cream cheese frosting, and packing plenty of pumpkin flavor: These pumpkin bars have everything it takes to become as addicting as a pumpkin spice latte.
Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

For more autumn flavor, try our mulled apple cider.

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