8 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes For This Fall (2024)

Before we know it fall will be here. The leaves will be changing colors, the temperatures will be getting cooler, we’ll be wearing our cardigans and boots again, and the best part – pumpkin flavored food will be everywhere! Naturally, with the arrival of fall everyone begins making pumpkin food from hearty meals to sugary desserts. It’s one of my favorite times of year, although I have to admit I eat pumpkin food all year long because I love it so much. This fall you may need to make a dessert for a work event, a dinner for close friends, or simply a lunch for you to eat in your nice warm home when it’s raining outside. Here are 8 great pumpkin recipes options for all those occasions.

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1. Pumpkin Oatmeal

If you’re hankering for something pumpkin in the morning when you wake up, this pumpkin oatmeal will do the trick! It’s hearty, healthy, delicious, and will keep you full all morning. It’s the perfect alternative to regular oatmeal and is still incredibly easy to make. Inless than 5 minutes your pumpkin craving be completely satisfied and even better, you’ll be full.

(Check out House Of Yumm forsimple, time friendly, & family friendly recipes that are also a nice balance between healthy and indulgent).

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2. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

For those fall mornings when you have guests staying at your home, these cinnamon rolls will be an absolute delight to have. Everyone loves cinnamon rolls, and this pumpkin version will be everyone’s favorite. These will impress your guests and ill their tummy with something incredibly tasty.

(Check out Averie Cooks for not only yummy recipes, but ones that are simple and easy to make with every day ingredients).

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3. Creamy Pumpkin Soup

This creamy pumpkin soup would make a great meal for those cold days when you want to warm up. Not only does soup keep you warm, but it fills you up a lot, as well, meaning that you and your family will be completely satisfied after eating this delight. The yummy pumpkin flavoring and bits of bacon will have your family begging you to make it again.

(The Comfort of Cooking is another great website full of delicious recipes the whole family will enjoy).

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4. Dinner In A Pumpkin

I’ve personally never had dinner in a pumpkin, but I’ve known many people who have that all love it! They all say it makes the perfect fall meal because you actually eat the meal out of the pumpkin! What goes inside is a tasty casserole full of ground beef, rice, pumpkin, and so much more. It seems like the perfect tradition to start for your Halloween night dinner.

(Head over to Favorite Family Recipes for other wonderful family dinner ideas, as well as kitchen how tos and so much more).

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5.Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Bake

If you’re a carb lover like me, you’ve got to try this creamy pumpkin pasta bake. Creamy doesn’t even begin to describe it. It’s full of milky, cheesy ingredients and that combined with pasta is always a good option. If you’re a meat lover you can certainly add meat for more great spicy flavor. This recipe is the perfect hearty meal for your comfort food cravings this fall.

(Check out A Family Feast for other great recipes as well as menu ideas, and how to lessons).

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6. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are certainly a fall favorite dessert. You see them everyone in stores, in the office, and in your loved one’s homes. That’s because they are delicious! Pumpkin and chocolate are a perfect match and make the best cookies that I honestly crave all year round. I could eat these on the hottest day of the summer because they’re that good.

(If you’re a baking addict, you’ll love checking out Sally’s Baking Addiction where you’ll find endless amounts of baking recipes).

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7. Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Because pumpkin cookies are just so good, we had to add an iced version of pumpkin cookies as well. These are a nice alternative to the chocolate chip ones for those who don’t like chocolate. These cookies are nice and fluffy as well as soft and moist. The perfect combination in one cookie. You could even add little bits and pieces of pecans or walnuts on the top to give it a nice little crunch.

(For any recipe you could ever imagine, you can look it up onAll Recipes, where you’ll also find shopping lists and menu planners).

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8. Pumpkin Ice Cream

I always get so excited when fall comes around because the grocery stores start carrying pumpkin ice cream. There’s something about pumpkin ice cream that is so refreshing and tasty. Now you can make your own with this recipe. You don’t even need an ice cream maker for this easy 5 ingredient recipe. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure my freezer is going to be stocked with this pumpkin ice cream all fall long.

(You’ve got to check out CincyShopper for other wonderful recipes as well as frugal living tips).

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What is the difference between Cinderella and fairytale pumpkins? ›

Cinderella pumpkins, also known as Rouge Vif d'Étampes, are a similar shape to fairytale pumpkins, but they have a bright red-orange color as opposed to the orange-brown of a fairytale. Additionally, Cinderella are less flavorful and more watery, making them less suited for baking.

What is the best tasting pumpkin for roasting? ›

We like butternut pumpkins best when they're roasted, but this hardy oblong variety is one of the most versatile options in the pumpkin aisle. Butternuts are a little sweeter, dryer and can be turned into soups, roasted with cinnamon or put to use in most cooked pumpkin dishes.

What are 5 ways pumpkins can be used? ›

Five ways to use your pumpkin after Halloween
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds. Use the part of a pumpkin that most would throw away and make roasted pumpkin seeds. ...
  • Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is a traditional American favourite. ...
  • Stuffed pumpkin. ...
  • Pumpkin soup. ...
  • Pumpkin cake.

Can you eat the seeds from a Cinderella pumpkin? ›

You can eat the seeds from any pumpkin variety.

Can you eat the skin of a Cinderella pumpkin? ›

Some folks even eat the skin or “guts” (the stringy part) or use them in making veggie broth. If you're lucky enough to have access to some other heirloom varieties, there are some delicious specialty pumpkins such as Blue Hubbards or Cinderella Pumpkins that are especially delicious.

Can dogs eat pumpkin? ›

Yes, dogs can eat pumpkin and it is actually often added to dog foods. Check the label of some dog treats and you may find pumpkin on the ingredient list there too. However, if you are feeding fresh pumpkin, you will need to be careful about which part you're feeding as the stem and leaves are covered in prickly hairs.

Can you freeze pumpkin for later use? ›

Pumpkins can be easily frozen in their raw, puréed, or cooked state. They can be stored safely for up to three months, at which point you should make sure you use them up.

What is the best way to cook pumpkin? ›

Place pumpkin cubes on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper (add any other spices you'd like!) Roast at 375 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until pumpkin cubes are fork-tender, flipping halfway through.

What is the most delicious pumpkin? ›

Sugar pumpkins

As their name indicates, the sugar pumpkin can be quite sweet compared to other pumpkins. But it's a mild sweetness that's not overpowering, so you can either play up that sweetness in a pie, or dial it down with a dish that's more savory.

Are there any pumpkins that are not edible? ›

No worries, becaause there are no pumpkins you can't eat. Sure, there are pumpkins that are grown primarily for decoration but they are all edible. I used to always cook and use the Halloween pumpkin after it served as a jack 'o lantern.

What pumpkin makes the best pie? ›

The pumpkins we eat, often labeled pie or sweet pumpkins, are smaller and less watery than the ones used for decorating. Heritage varieties that are good for cooking include Baby Pam, Autumn Gold, Fairytale and Cinderella pumpkins.

What are pumpkins used for instead of pie? ›

Pumpkin cheesecake is also surprisingly good if you hit it with pumpkin pie seasonings. Pumpkin bread, muffins, pumpkin swirl cheesecake, baked pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin pudding. I never made pumpkin soup and pumpkin ravioli but have eaten these foods and they are delicious! Almost forgot, a friend makes pumpkin butter.

Can you freeze raw pumpkin? ›

Pumpkins are a great example of a veg that's perfect for freezing. Peel and cut the pumpkin in rough large cubes, freeze and cook later.

What is the difference between pumpkin puree and canned pumpkin? ›

Canned pumpkin (labeled as "100% pure pumpkin") is a purée of pumpkin that is sometimes mixed with other kinds of winter squash. It is unsweetened and does not contain any added spices. Canned pumpkin and pumpkin puree are the same thing, and you'll often see the terms used interchangeably in recipes and cookbooks.

Is A pumpkin a fruit or a Vegetable? ›

The answer may surprise you! A pumpkin is, in fact, a fruit. According to expert Joe Masabni, Ph. D., Texas A&M Agri Life Extension Service vegetable specialist in Dallas, scientifically speaking, a pumpkin is a fruit simply because anything that starts from a flower is botanically a fruit.

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