5 Flavorful Pumpkin Recipes to Celebrate Fall
Embrace the pumpkin. Love the pumpkin. BE the pumpkin. At least that’s how it starts to feel around this time every year. Whether you love cooking with pumpkin or not, it just feels right to try out at least one orange dish when fall comes knocking. But don't worry, it's not all #PSL and sweet treats when it comes to these Test Kitchen Approved recipes.
Maybe you bought a jar of Pumpkin Pie Spice to make a DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte or a few cans of pumpkin for Pumpkin Spice Bread and now you're left wondering how to use them up. Well, we have five ways to fall in love with this autumn favorite.
If you want to break out of the blue pasta box and are feeling a little bit adventurous, this is the recipe for you. From the author: "This is an amazingly fast and easy fall dinner. Perfect for a busy weeknight meal." Don't worry, it's still cheesy and gooey so the kids will enjoy it. But it's just different enough to keep the adults ready for seconds. And feel free to swap in your favorite noodle and add in veggies or sausage.
No Pumpkin Pie Spice, no problem! Pictured at the top of the page, this spicy pumpkin turkey chili recipe will warm your soul and give you a reason to use canned pumpkin in something else besides pumpkin pie. #squashgoals
Adjust the chiles in your chili (yeah, we said it) if you want a milder or spicier dish. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro, sour cream, and pumpkin seeds if desired.
It's time for a quick joke...What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?
Grab the squash (or pumpkin puree, as we call it) for a smoky, creamy, and sweet-spiced seasonal soup that hits the spot every time. This isn't a super spicy soup but you can customize the heat level by adding more chipotle. As if pumpkin soup wasn't already perfect enough for chilly nights, the addition of chipotle and cinnamon makes this dish absolutely crave-worthy.
Pie & Dip are probably two words you haven't heard together. But this sweet treat is guaranteed to be a party-pleaser! This recipe is so good I bet Cinderella would ask her Fairy Godmother to turn that carriage back into a pumpkin so she could make this soup instead of going to the ball. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. Serve with apples, gingersnaps, graham crackers, or vanilla wafer-style cookies.
We all know someone who loves carrot cake, right? Well that's not the only orange veggie that is great in cake. These cupcakes have the sweet vanilla notes of cream soda in both the cupcake and frosting to balance the slightly savory pumpkin notes.
BONUS Pumpkin Pie Recipes
You didn't think we could have a pumpkin recipe round up without leaving you with pumpkin pie, did you? You can take the traditional approach or try something new...
Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie recipe: The name says it all. You can't have Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie and this crust is so easy that you may never use store-bought again. Top each slice with freshly whipped cream for the full experience.
Grandma Menard's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie: "A classy version of the original" pumpkin pie recipe that has been passed down through the generations of Savory Spice founder Janet Johnston's family. It has a melt-in-your-mouth fluffy texture with sweet and warm flavors of cinnamon, allspice, and cloves.
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream: There are several steps to this recipe, but the final result is well worth the effort. It tastes just like you stirred up leftover pieces of pumpkin pie and stuck them in the freezer to enjoy later.
If you're craving more pumpkin-spiked eats, check out all our pumpkin recipes.