5 Easy Pumpkin Recipes To Make At Home
Pumpkins aren’t just for carving or an average pie, there are many creative ways to transform a pumpkin into a delicious dish. Get into the fall spirit with your friends and family by checking out some must-try pumpkin recipes, that can easily be made in the comfort of your own home. Choosing the correct pumpkin is very important as well, sugar and cheese pumpkins are much better to cook or bake with, while field pumpkins are better for carving because of the water and stringy flesh. These warm and delicious recipes are easy to follow and perfect for any chilly autumn day. Keep reading and you’ll see a few of our favorite recipes that get us excited to put pumpkin to work in the kitchen, including everything from sweet to savory!
1. Pumpkin Soup
This warm flavorful soup is a classic as it catches the essence of Fall and will be sure to keep you cozy. You can even add some roasted pumpkin seeds as a garnish.
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 lb. pumpkin (any kind but preferably sugar pie)
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c. heavy cream, plus more for garnish
- Get your pumpkin and cut it in half. Scrape out the seeds and pulp, and cut or peel off the rind of the pumpkin. Then, cut the pumpkin into chunks.
- Coat the bottom of a heavy soup pot or dutch oven with olive oil, and set over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic, then cook until golden-brown in color.
- Add pumpkin chunks and broth to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, uncovered, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 30 minutes, or until pumpkin is fork-tender.
- Remove pot from heat and, using an immersion blender, blend mixture until smooth. (Alternatively, let soup cool, then blend in a blender.) Stir in cream and season to taste.
- To serve, ladle soup into bowls, add a swirl of cream, and garnish with pepper.
2. Pumpkin Hummus
Grab some pita bread and try out this delicious hummus. This dish is a perfect appetizer option for when you are hosting guests, friends or family.
1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
Pita chips, for serving
- In a large food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Season with salt and spoon into a bowl.
- Garnish with sesame seeds, paprika, and cinnamon.
3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bring a taste of fall to your favorite classic chocolate chip cookies. These cookies are both sweet and fluffy, best served with milk or cream cheese frosting, it’s one of our favorite pumpkin recipes!
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. pumpkin purée
1 large egg
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375° and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice, and salt.
- In a large bowl using a hand mixer, stir together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract until combined, then add flour mixture. Beat on low until no raw flour appears, then fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
- Scoop 1” balls onto prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart, and bake for about 12 minutes or until puffed up and golden around edges.
4. Pumpkin, Spinach, and Walnut Spaghetti
2-3 garlic cloves, finely diced
2 cups of cubed butternut squash / pumpkin*
1⁄2-1 tsp chilli flakes (depending on the level of heat and your preference)
salt and pepper, to taste
30 g walnuts, finely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 435o F and coat cubed butternut squash with 1tsp of olive oil, then season with salt. Bake for about 40-50 minutes, until butternut squash turns soft and becomes lightly caramelized.
- Heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan. Fry off garlic gently on a low-medium heat, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn. Add chili flakes and cook for another minute or two, stirring frequently.
- Cook spaghetti for a minute shorter than you would normally.
- Mash half the butternut squash with a fork or potato masher (you can also use a food processor or blender for a smoother texture). Put both mashed and whole butternut squash chunks into the pan with chili and garlic.
- Add drained pasta and washed spinach into the pan. Incorporate them into the pumpkin.Season lightly with pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice, add more salt or chili if needed.
- Serve immediately with chopped walnuts and lemon zest on top.
5. Roasted Pumpkin
If you don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen, then this simple yet tasty pumpkin recipe is for you! Grab any toppings you love and make this recipe one of a kind.