From Jack-O-Lanterns on Halloween to pies topped with whipped cream at Thanksgiving, no foodstuff better encapsulates Fall than the pumpkin. But pumpkins are a versatile vegetable and are not just for carving into spooky faces or serving in a pie.
Below, you’ll find 31 recipes that truly show off the versatility of everyone’s favorite fall vegetable.
From pasta dishes to soups, curries to pizzas, and pancakes to brownies, we’ve got pumpkin recipes to see you through breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Brilliant Pumpkin Breakfasts
Pumpkin Pie Waffles (Eazy Peazy Mealz)
We all have some unusual breakfast cravings from time to time. For you that might be pumpkin pie. Hey, we’re not judging! Especially if they’re in the form of these delicious waffles.
This recipe contains everything you love about pumpkin pie in an easy-to-make breakfast waffle. Win-win!
Eggs in Mini Pumpkin with Bacon and Roasted Squash (Everyday Southwest)
Displaying eggs in a pumpkin is a beautiful representation of Fall. These mini pumpkins are baked with eggs inside and nestled on a bacon and roasted squash hash. These delightful treats are the perfect dish to serve if you’re hosting brunch!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes (Sally’s Baking Addiction)
Wake up happy this Fall with these moist, thick, tasty pancakes stacked high, spiced with cinnamon and packed with chocolate chips.
Pumpkin Spice Muffins (Raia’s Recipes)
Paleo and GAPS diet-friendly, these guilt-free, pumpkin spice muffins made with coconut flour are perfect for breakfast, or as a midday snack.
If you don't need it to be Paleo or gluten-free, you can whip up this pumpkin bread recipe instead!
Pumpkin French Toast (Minimalist Baker)
We’ve all made French toast before - dip the bread into egg batter and fry just before serving. Simple. But this recipe shakes things up a little bit.
As if the pumpkin pie spice, walnuts, and pumpkin pie butter wasn’t enough of a twist, the recipe suggests making this dish the day before and baking it in the morning.
This eliminates the use of a griddle and gives the bread enough time to soak up all the pumpkin-y goodness.
Overnight Pumpkin Pie Slow Cooker Oatmeal (Sweet Anna’s)
This easy, delicious and festive dish is basically pumpkin pie for breakfast. This fuel-packed oatmeal is perfect for the whole family, with minimal effort! All it takes is a little prep the night before. Then you just serve in the morning!
Warming Pumpkin Soups
Classic Pumpkin Soup (RecipeTin Eats)
Thick, creamy, and packed with flavor, this recipe for classic pumpkin soup is quick and easy to make. It’s also a healthy option, with just 189 calories per serving.
Just don’t forget the hot, buttered crusty bread for dunking!
Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup (Cookie and Katie)
This dairy-free pumpkin soup achieves what was once thought to be impossible - a dish that is creamy and yet healthy. This is thanks, mainly, to the pumpkin but also the coconut milk (or cream).
Serve it as a starter dish on Thanksgiving, or with a sandwich on those Fall days where you just need a little comfort food.
Spicy Pumpkin Soup (Simply Recipes)
With warm notes of ginger, curry, cumin, coriander and black pepper, this soup is a spicy treat that doesn’t detract from the flavor of pumpkin. This is all thanks to the ginger that gives the soup its kick without being too overpowering.
Spiced Roast Pumpkin Soup with Garlic Croutons, Feta & Crispy Fried Sage (Domestic Gothess)
This gently-spiced soup is not only easy to make, but is a great healthy option without skimping on the toppings.
Thick & Creamy Pumpkin Soup (Cafe Delites)
This soup is packed with flavor and easy to make, and we’re sure you’ll be returning to it time and time again!
Weekend Pumpkin Chili (Little Spice Jar)
Slow-simmered to bring out the delicious flavors, this hearty recipe is the ideal way to use pumpkin in a chili.
Show Stopping Pumpkin Mains
Creamy Pumpkin Risotto (Scrambledchefs)
The creamy texture paired with the sweetness of the pumpkin and the savory flavor from the mushrooms, make this versatile risotto recipe a must-have for any home cook.
Pumpkin Cannelloni with Sage Brown-Butter Sauce (Country Living)
Put a twist on classic cannelloni with this delicious pumpkin filling. This dish is simple to make, not requiring fresh pasta but just oven-ready lasagna sheets.
Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie (Foodtastic Mom)
This is shepherd’s pie with a Thanksgiving twist. Ground lamb or beef is replaced with turkey, brussels sprouts are added to the mix, and luscious pumpkin mashed potatoes replace the regular old potato crust. Just top with some cranberry sauce!
Vegan Pumpkin Lentil Curry with Spinach (Marisa Moore)
You can truly make this 30-minute dish your own, using just about whatever you’ve got in your fridge or pantry. Keep everybody on their toes by serving it over cauliflower, quinoa, or rice every time you make it.
Pumpkin, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Quiche (Del’s Cooking Twist)
Pumpkin and goat cheese is a combination we love to see, and this dish is super easy to make. Just take pumpkin, goat cheese, and spinach and throw them all together in a quiche.
Add some walnuts and caramelized onions and you’ve got one impressive quiche!
Baked Pumpkin and Bacon Mac and Cheese (The Cookie Rookie)
Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food, and this recipe is just Fall in a casserole dish. One mouthful and you’ll feel like you’re wrapped up in a thick scarf, kicking at a pile of crunchy Fall leaves!
This baked mac and cheese is loaded with cheese, cheese, and more cheese but also bacon, sage, and - most importantly - pumpkin!
Savory Pumpkin Pizza (Love Lola)
You may be a bit sceptical about pumpkin pizza, but what if we told you it has sweet onion, garlic, arugula, parmesan, and havarti cheeses as well as pumpkin puree? All you could ask for in a pizza but with a Fall twist.
Tasty Pumpkin Snacks
Pumpkin and Pesto Crostini (Country Living)
This simple recipe hits the spot no matter what the occasion. Enjoy it as an hors d’oeuvre at a dinner party, or as an afternoon snack.
Five-Minute Smoky Pumpkin Hummus (The Every Kitchen)
Sure, plain hummus is easy to make and tastes delicious, but this dish tastes as good as it looks. Somehow savory, spicy, and sweet all at once, it’s also gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan friendly.
Pumpkin Beer Pretzels With Chipotle Queso (Half-Baked Harvest)
Want a snack to eat while enjoying the game? This warm, homemade pretzel and zesty queso dip hits the spot.
Pumpkin Pesto, Date, and Ripe Chevre Sandwich (Meike Peters)
This mouth-watering sandwich is made of chèvre cheese, dried dates, and a smooth pumpkin pesto seasoned with orange, salt, and thyme.
Pumpkin Cider Beer Bread with Bacon and Cheddar (How Sweet Eats)
Full of texture, beer bread is chewy yet soft with an almost always crunchy outside. Adding bacon, cheddar, and pumpkin spice to the mix only makes it more delicious.
If you want sweet bread versus savory, check out this pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting.
Parmesan Pumpkin Fritters (Rasa Malaysia)
Only taking 20 minutes to cook, these easy to make parmesan pumpkin fritters are insanely delicious.
Delightful Pumpkin Desserts
Pumpkin-Spiced Buns With Spider-Web Glaze (Country Living)
A perfect, fun way to celebrate Halloween, these spider-web glazed buns are delicious as well as easy to make.
Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding (Country Living)
Bread pudding is always a crowd favorite, but the bourbon sauce makes this dessert even more delicious - if that were possible.
This fail-proof pudding with spice and pumpkin flavor running through tastes just like pumpkin pie. Take the presentation to the next level with whipped mascarpone and toasted buckwheat, or add some pecans instead.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies (Floating Kitchen)
These super moist and fudgy brownies bake up nice and thick, while the cream cheese and bourbon keep it from straying into sickly sweet territory.
For an extra salty kick, sprinkle a few pinches of flaky sea salt over the top as soon as you take the brownies out of the oven when they are still warm.
Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting (Gimme Some Oven)
Topped with divine cream cheese frosting, these pumpkin cookies are the perfect Fall dessert.
Almost No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Pie (Snixy Kitchen)
If you’re looking to up your pumpkin pie game, look no further than this pumpkin cheesecake mousse pie recipe. Its gingersnap crust, light and airy whipped mousse texture, and spiced pumpkin flavor is sure to be a hit around your Thanksgiving table.
Not only that, but it’s super easy to make too! What’s not to love?
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- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9"x13" baking dish with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until incorporated.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Can frost with cream cheese frosting if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 319mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g