102 Pumpkin and Squash Recipes

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Pumpkin season is finally here! They are everywhere, in your local store or being sold on the side of the road. If you have grown your own then hopefully you have avoided the dreaded squash bugs. Let’s face it, we all seem to grow more than we actually need. If you’re like me, you grow a few extra plants in case they don’t all germinate. With these delicious sweet and savory pumpkin dishes, you won’t be limiting yourself to just the Fall season.

You will be making these scrumptious pumpkin recipes all year round. Just be sure to have a few cans of pumpkin puree in your pantry at all times. Or you make your own from your pumpkin crop to prevent any waste if you’ve grown too much. So what can you cook with pumpkin? I’ve spent hours looking for the best selection of pumpkin food ideas and come up with 102 amazing recipes. There is something for everyone – meat eaters, vegetarians, and those with a sweet tooth.

VEGETARIAN RECIPES

These vegetarian pumpkin recipes show just how versatile it really is. From pizza to pasta, breakfast to brunch, and salad to salsa, there is so much to choose from and so many different flavor combinations to try. A few of these recipes have bacon added as an ingredient, which can be replaced with a bacon substitute or even mushrooms.

1. Brown Butter Pumpkin Grits

Looking for a versatile pumpkin side dish? These creamy cheese and pumpkin puree grits are perfect with your morning eggs, served with roast veg for lunch, or as part of your evening meal.

2. Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins

This lovely pumpkin baking recipe has the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Rich, spiced pumpkin is beautifully matched with the creamy cheese center and crunchy nut topping.

3. Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Muffins

Another breakfast pumpkin recipe and another flavorful muffin. Sweet pumpkin and salty goat cheese make each mouthful a little bite of heaven. Sprinkle with some vegetarian bacon or mushrooms on top.

 

4. Brussel Sprouts, Pumpkin, and Apple Hash

Looking for a comforting pumpkin recipe? Look no further than this delicious pumpkin hash that’s bursting with fall flavors. Apple, sprouts, and bacon add sweetness and salt to the fresh pumpkin.

5. Chipotle Pumpkin Veggie Burgers

From Fall to Summer, this is the perfect veggie burger that’s the ideal recipe for using leftover pumpkin and other vegetables. The avocado smash topping perfectly accompanies the chipotle spice.

6. Focaccia with Roasted Pumpkin

Sensational savory pumpkin lunch or snack with simple ingredients, but full of flavor. Drizzle with some local honey. Save yourself some time by buying ready-made focaccia.

7. Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

This great savory pumpkin recipe is quick, easy, and low calorie, without sacrificing on flavor. Pureed pumpkin makes an excellent pasta sauce and takes on the Italian flavors of garlic and mixed herbs beautifully.

8. Lentil Pumpkin Salad

A lovely pumpkin salad with layers of texture and flavor. Roasted pumpkin is given a touch of seasonal Fall spice which works so well with creamy Feta. It tastes delicious!

9. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pizza

A great gluten-free pumpkin recipe, the fresh flavors of radicchio and fresh honey-roasted pumpkin really sing when combined with the light blue cheese.

10. Harvest Pumpkin Soup

This rich and filling soup is such a great recipe for tinned pumpkin and replacing the chicken broth for a vegetable stock will keep it vegetarian. Best served smooth and hot, with a crusty bread roll.

11. One-Pot Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta

Wondering what to make with that extra pumpkin that will please the whole family? This Indulgent creamy and cheesy pumpkin pasta with subtle spicing is surely it.

13. Pumpkin and Brie Quesadillas

Who knew a canned pumpkin recipe could be so good? Gooey and melty brie and sweet pumpkin are spiced up with cayenne pepper. Delicious served with guacamole dip.

14. Pumpkin Alfredo

A quick and easy pumpkin recipe that can be on the table in just 15 minutes. Sweet garlic, aromatic nutmeg, and earthy pumpkin combine to make a stunning pasta sauce, particularly when topped with fresh parmesan. Cook your pasta until it is al dente!

15. Curried Pumpkin and Peas

A hearty one-pan pumpkin dish with warming curry spices complementing the sweetness of peas and raisins. The perfect pumpkin recipe for a rainy day.

16. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

Looking for a satisfying gluten-free snack? You’re sure to love this sweet pumpkin bread that is best served warm with lashings of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

17. Classic Pumpkin Bread

A great alternative to carrot cake, this aromatic, sweet, and moreish bread is a great recipe for fresh pumpkin, perhaps leftover from a weekend roast or Halloween.

18. Pumpkin Fritters

You will struggle to eat just one of these cheesy and crispy savory pumpkin snacks. The deep-fried fritters may not be the healthiest, but they are such a real treat.

19. Pumpkin Bread Rolls with Cinnamon Butter

Another great pumpkin bake is these festive bread rolls. The cinnamon butter is gorgeous and really accentuates the delicate pumpkin flavor of the soft rolls.

20. Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Cornbread

You’ll struggle to find a better pumpkin side dish. Pumpkin and cream cheese make for cornbread that is moist, tasty, and can be served with almost anything, or on its own.

21. Pumpkin Fries

How about fries for an unexpected fresh pumpkin recipe? As versatile as the potato version, they can be made to be spicy, sweet, or salty. A great side dish for steak, don’t you think?

22. Pumpkin Mashed Potato

Ideal for a Thanksgiving side dish, these are not your typical mashed potato thanks to the addition of pumpkin puree, thyme, and if you like, a little nutmeg. Creamy and delicious!

23. Pumpkin French Toast

A pumpkin recipe for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, this decadent French Toast is sweet and fluffy, and topped with the richest pumpkin butter. A treat not just for Fall.

24. Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

There is a real depth of flavor to this easy pumpkin recipe, which is made sweet with roasted pumpkin and coconut, and punchy with Thai-inspired spices.

25. Pumpkin Sage Biscuits

A healthy pumpkin snack, these delicious biscuits have a beautiful buttery texture without all the extra calories. Greek yogurt replaces butter in the pumpkin biscuit to give a lovely crumble.

26. Pumpkin Sage Polenta

The hint of sage and pumpkin brings the glow of Fall to a simple polenta. A great little recipe for canned pumpkin and a lovely alternative to mashed potato.

27. Pumpkin Salsa

Alive with the spice and zing of jalapenos and chili flakes, this pumpkin salsa can be served with just about anything or just scooped up by salty tortilla chips. Divine!

28. Pumpkin Pikelets

A great pumpkin recipe to brighten up breakfast, these yummy pumpkin pikelets can be topped with whatever you like, but are so good with grated apple, walnuts, and lashings of maple syrup.

29. Pumpkin, Spinach, and Walnut Spaghetti

This recipe for roasted pumpkin would make great use of any leftovers from the Sunday Roast. Sweet pumpkin, fresh spinach, garlic, and crunchy walnuts are a food marriage made in heaven.

30. Risotto with Pumpkin

Like risotto, but find it a little heavy sometimes? This pumpkin dish is lighter than your traditional risotto, yet still creamy, filling, and finished to perfection with fresh parmesan shavings.

31. Roasted Garlic and Pumpkin Hummus

This scrummy hummus is a symphony of flavor with smokey roasted garlic, sweet pumpkin puree, and woodsy rosemary. Serve with pitta bread and a drizzle of honey. A great pumpkin party food recipe.

32. Hasselback Pumpkin

Not sure what to make with a whole pumpkin? How about Hasselback pumpkin? It is an amazing side dish for a roast or as a standalone meal, served with garlic yogurt for dipping.

33. Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Mushrooms

A Thanksgiving pumpkin recipe that should be eaten all year round, this smooth and creamy soup is given texture and an extra layer of flavor with a chive flecked mushroom topping.

34. Pumpkin Bruschetta & Caramelized Onions

After a light pumpkin lunch? Why not try this twist on a classic bruschetta, with creamy ricotta, rich pumpkin, and sweet caramelized onions, topped with crispy sage and balsamic glaze.

35. Savory Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin works just as well in savory pancakes as it does in sweet ones. Pumpkin puree doesn’t just give a touch of earthy sweetness to the pancakes, it also keeps them moist. A top pumpkin lunch recipe.

36. Vegan Pumpkin Galette

This freehand pie is a super easy vegan pumpkin recipe made with a delicious vegan yogurt crust and filled with fresh roasted vegetables, tangy caramelized onions, and warming spice.

37. Pumpkin Coconut Curry

Comforting and warming, this pumpkin curry has a bit of a kick that is cooled by sweet coconut, with a toasted cashew nut topping adding some texture. A pumpkin dish for cold winter days.

38. Pumpkin and Ricotta Ravioli

Another vegan-friendly pumpkin recipe, these ravioli pack a real punch of flavor and should be servers the authentic Italian way, with a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of olive oil, and sprinkle of chili flakes.

39. Vegan Pumpkin Basil Pinwheels

Baking with pumpkin can be so rewarding as these pretty pinwheels show. Crunchy and yummy, you only need four ingredients to make them, and they are vegan too!

40. Pumpkin and Spinach Quinoa

A healthy pumpkin dinner with a light and fluffy quinoa in a sweet parmesan pumpkin sauce with fresh baby spinach. Easy, delicious, and packed full of nutrients.

41. Pumpkin and Kale Pasta Bake

Super easy to make and a real comfort dish, pumpkin puree, tomato sauce, and kale are mixed with pasta and cheese and baked to golden perfection.

MEAT AND FISH RECIPES

I don’t think there is a meat that doesn’t work well with pumpkin. The sweet earthiness of the squash-vegetable is great in curries, pasta dishes, stews, chilis, and so much more. With a mixture of canned, puree, and fresh pumpkin recipes, take a look at how pumpkin can be used in your favorite meat dishes, and in some that may be new to you, but I’m sure you’ll be eager to try.

42. Beef and Pumpkin Curry

Pumpkin as a great alternative to potato in your favorite curry dishes, adding sweetness to the spice. Curries are a good choice if you’re not sure what to cook with pumpkin.

43. Pumpkin and Bacon Stuffed Portobellos

For a simple pumpkin recipe that is packed full of flavor, stuff portobello mushrooms with bacon, pumpkin, garlic, and goat cheese, and top with a sage butter sauce. Amazing!

44. Chicken, Bacon, and Pumpkin Gnocchi

This easy pumpkin dinner can be on the table in just 30 minutes. Chicken, bacon, and gnocchi smothered in a delicious pumpkin and cream cheese sauce, what could be better?

45. Manti Russian Dumplings

These traditional Russian dumplings are one of the more unique pumpkin recipes. Mince beef and lamb is mixed with sweet pumpkin for a delicious dumpling filling. Serve with sour cream for dipping.

46. Meat and Rice Stuffed Pumpkin

Searching for a Halloween pumpkin recipe? Here it is! A whole sugar pumpkin stuffed with minced meat, sausage meat, peppers, rice, and a creamy sauce. It’s sure to be a family favorite.

47. Beef and Pumpkin Lasagna

A pumpkin family recipe to sneak some extra veg into the kids, this lasagna has layers of pumpkin puree between minced beef, pasta, and bechamel sauce. It’s creamy, meaty, cheesy, and delicious.

48. Mini Lasagna Cups

Perfect for little hands, these mini lasagna cups are full of hidden goodness in the form of pumpkin or squash. They would also be a great party food or make a delightful lunch.

49. Paleo Thanksgiving Meatballs

These delicious meatballs contain all the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner, including ground beef, pumpkin, and sage. It’s a great way to use and cook with canned pumpkin.

50. Pumpkin Chicken Chowder

A hearty, chunky soup, this pumpkin and chicken chowder is packed with corn, red and jalapeño peppers, leeks, and, of course, fresh pumpkin. An excellent pumpkin recipe for chilly days.

51. Pumpkin, Beef, and Black Bean Chili

Cooking with pumpkin is a great way to bulk out your family favorite meals. Add chunks of fresh pumpkin to chili to make ground beef go further and it’s an extra serving of veg.

52. Pumpkin Chili

Another variation on chili, this time served inside a whole pumpkin. Fresh or puree pumpkin gives a sweetness that really complements the smokey spices of the chili. A real treat on Halloween!

53. Pumpkin and Tomato Meatballs

This Italian-inspired pumpkin recipe, classic meatballs are smothered in a flavorsome sauce made from tomato, pumpkin puree, garlic, and onion. Serve topped with mozzarella.


54. Sausage, Pumpkin, and Apple Tray Bake

A great way to cook pumpkin and fruit is this simple sausage tray bake. It’s an economical meal that tastes great, is so easy to prepare, and is bursting with fall flavors.

55. Chicken Pumpkin Stew

For a tasty sugar pumpkin recipe why not try this wholesome chicken stew that’s packed with red bell pepper, onion, green beans, diced tomatoes, and sweet pumpkin.

56. Thai Pumpkin Laska

Fragrant Thai flavors marry so well with the sweet, earthiness of pumpkin. A healthy pumpkin meal for fans of Thai cuisine. To make it vegetarian, replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock.

57. Wicked Witch Beef Stew

A Halloween pumpkin recipe for the whole family, this meaty stew has plenty of seasonal vegetables and beef, in a rich gravy. Serve with a crusty roll slathered in butter.

58. Versatile Meat Ragu

This is a great batch cooking pumpkin recipe as it is so versatile. The combination of beef and pork mince, with pumpkin, works in pies, with pasta, rice, or mashed potato.

DESSERTS

If you have a sweet tooth like me, you probably already know how amazing pumpkin can be in desserts. You can bake with pumpkin, make sweets with pumpkin, and even make ice cream with pumpkin. Pumpkin pie is fantastic, but there are so many more pumpkin desserts you need to try. Take a look at some of my favorites.

59. Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

A variation of the classic Thanksgiving recipe, apple butter gives a touch of tart sweetness to the seasonal favorite. Best served with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

60. Apple Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Who doesn’t love a bundt cake? This pumpkin cake is packed full of chopped apples, sweet vanilla, and warming winter cinnamon. Moist, moreish, and mouthwatering.

61. Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

Try and stop at just one of these amazing pumpkin donut holes. Luckily, they are baked and not fried, so it’s a pumpkin sweet treat you can really indulge in. Fluffy and yummy.

62. Pumpkin Pie Bars

A traditional pumpkin recipe for Thanksgiving, these pumpkin pie bars have sweetness, spice, and plenty of crunch, courtesy of a delicious pecan crust. You won’t be able to resist!

63. Pumpkin Pie Fudge

For a healthy pumpkin dessert or snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth, try this guilt-free pumpkin pie fudge. It would be perfect for an after-dinner treat at Thanksgiving.

64. Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

Scrumptious skinny pumpkin dessert that is as rich and creamy as a full-fat cheesecake. Made from just five ingredients, it’s a simple dessert that’s light on calories.

65. Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

An indulgent pumpkin dessert, these heavenly bars feature layers of gooey chocolate cake, silky pumpkin pie, and a light whipped frosting, finished with a dusting of cinnamon.

66. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Calling all chocolate lovers! This sweet pumpkin cake is bursting with a rich chocolate flavor, which is topped with decadent cream cheese frosting and mirror glaze. Stunning!

67. Creme Brule Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

One of the best pumpkin desserts there is! It has everything, beautiful textures sweet pumpkin, caramelized sugar, and plenty of chocolate.

68. Easy Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

A Christmas pumpkin recipe that adapts the Thanksgiving classic with a seasonal twist, where eggnog replaces milk to give that distinctive custard-like flavor to the pumpkin pie.

69. Fudgy Pumpkin Bars with Brown Butter Glaze

Between the warming pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon, coupled with a vanilla bean and brown butter glaze, fudgy bars are Fall comfort food heaven. A divine pumpkin pudding!

70. Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars

There are so many delightful variations of the pumpkin dessert bar and this one has an apple flapjack base topped with a ginger-flavored pumpkin pie layer. Yum!

71. Marshmallow Pumpkin Bars

Delicious gooey pumpkin cake bars, which are packed full of chocolate chips and topped with toasted marshmallows. A sweet pumpkin snack that’s ideal for the Fall season.

72. Mini Pumpkin Pies

These mini pies are a stunning pumpkin party recipe, made with buttery, flaky pastry and a delicious but simple sweet pumpkin filling. A divine little mouthful.

73. No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake

From one mini pumpkin dessert to another, these easy no-bake cheesecakes have a sweet and creamy filling that is light as air, but heavy on delicious flavor.

74. Pumpkin and Pecan Strudel

A magical combination of a pumpkin pie and a filo pastry apple strudel, this sweet flaky roll is topped with sweet icing and pecans. Tastes delicious with maple syrup and custard.

75. Pumpkin Bars with Biscoff Crumble

Somewhere between a pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, a delicious filling is sandwiched between a buttery biscuit base and a Biscoff crumble topping.

76. Blender Pumpkin Muffins

A clean eating pumpkin recipe, these super muffins are so easy to make and have the benefits of being packed full of nutritious goodness and they are gluten-free too!

77. Pumpkin Cannoli

Find the cream filling of a traditional cannoli a little rich? These cannolis, filled with a lightly spiced sweet pumpkin filling, are a great twist on the Italian classic.

78. Homemade Pumpkin Ice Cream

This unique pumpkin recipe is for a wonderful ice cream that’s a tasty topping to warm cobblers and pies or delicious enough to serve on its own. Pumpkin ice cream, who knew?

79. Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

With a fudgy brownie bottom and rich layer of pumpkin cheesecake, these decadent dessert bars are full of chocolate goodness with a hint of creamy, sweet pumpkin.

80. Pumpkin Cookie Dough Dip

Scrumptious skinny pumpkin dessert that is as rich and creamy as a full-fat cheesecake. Made from just five ingredients, it’s a simple dessert that’s light on calories.

81. Pumpkin Pie Macaroons

Traditional macaroons get a fall twist with the flavor of pumpkin pie. These gluten-free pumpkin treats are packed with coconut, drizzled with chocolate ganache, and have just the right amount of spice.

82. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filled Brownies

Moist chocolate brownie, topped with a layer of sumptuous pumpkin cheesecake, which itself is topped with a layer of decadent ganache. Unbelievable!

83. Pumpkin Creme Brulee

A rich pumpkin custard base beneath a satisfyingly crunchy and hard shell of caramelized brown sugar. This pumpkin pudding has a dreamy mix of textures and flavors.

84. Pumpkin Dream Bars

Struggling to find a gluten-free pumpkin dessert that doesn’t skimp on flavor? These pumpkin dream bars have a Honey Nut Cheerios base that works so well with the creamy pumpkin topping.

85. Pumpkin Magic Bars

From a dream to magic, these 7-layer pumpkin desserts have plenty of winter spice, sweet apples, salty nuts, creamy coconut, chocolate chips, and smooth pumpkin puree. Yummy!

86. Pumpkin Ginger Waffles

Adding pumpkin puree to waffle batter not only makes them light and fluffy but along with ginger and cinnamon, gives a real Fall flavor. Serve with maple syrup and ice cream.

87. Pumpkin Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Goat cheese and pumpkin is not just a combination for savory recipes, it also makes for delicious desserts. This velvety cheesecake has a lovely granola and Graham cracker base.

88. Pumpkin Mousse

This pumpkin dessert will have the real wow factor when served up after Thanksgiving dinner. The trifle has layers of silky pumpkin mousse, fluffy whipped cream, and luscious chocolate curls.

89. Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars

There are so many amazing ways to bake with pumpkin and these gooey, chewy, and oh so delicious Nutella cookie bars are one of them. Perfect with a cup of coffee.

90. Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

The ultimate dessert for fall, this pumpkin pecan cobbler is made up of a moist pumpkin cake and layers of gooey caramel with crunchy pecans adding just the right amount of texture.

91. Pumpkin Pie in a Jar

These individually-sized pumpkin desserts are perfect for taking on a picnic or for serving at a party. Small in size but big on flavor, and topped with a lattice pastry lid.

92. Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Crust

This pumpkin recipe is great because it can be prepared two days in advance of serving. The walnut crust is crunchy, nutty, and unique, and really complements the velvety pumpkin filling. 

93. Pumpkin Popovers

If your not a big fan of pumpkin but love the spices of Fall, you’ll love those Popovers that are a sweet pastry treat heavy with gorgeous pumpkin spice. A beautifully delicious flavor profile.

94. Pumpkin Praline Bread Pudding

This twist on the classic bread pudding is rich and creamy, sweet and crunchy and packed with pumpkin flavor. Best served with a traditional vanilla custard or pouring cream.

95. Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf

An easy pumpkin brunch recipe, this pull-apart loaf is made from ready-made biscuit dough, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon sugar. Topped with a simple but stunning cinnamon glaze.

96. Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Have some pumpkin seeds leftover from Halloween? They are delicious when used as a replacement for peanuts in a classic brittle. Delicious and prevents any unnecessary waste.

97. Pumpkin Spice Cake

Sick of serving up pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner? Then why not try this pumpkin dessert with the real wow factor – a three-tier pumpkin cake with velvety cream cheese frosting.

98. Pumpkin Slow Cooker Oatmeal

A healthy pumpkin dessert that could even be served up for breakfast, this slow cooker oatmeal has such a rich flavor, thanks to pumpkin puree, vanilla, brown sugar, and spice.

99. Pumpkin Streusel Bars

A fun and yummy alternative to pumpkin pie. With a spicy gingersnap crust, creamy pumpkin filling, and brown sugar streusel topping, these bars are just irresistible!

100. Pumpkin Whoopsie Pies

These mouthwatering pumpkin cookies are infused with traditional holiday spices are the perfect outer shell for a tangy, sweet, and velvety maple filling. You can’t eat just one.

101. Pumpkin Marshmallow Dip

Light and fluffy dip that tastes just like a whipped pumpkin pie. Serve the creamy dip with vanilla wafers, ginger biscuits, whole pecans, or whatever else you like.

102. Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles

Little mouthfuls of heaven, these pumpkin sweets are the perfect way to finish any Thanksgiving dinner. A hard chocolate ganache shell with a creamy pumpkin filling, what could be better?

There are plenty of ways to use pumpkins aside from plain roasted and pies. From tasty mains to delicious desserts, there are loads of options for you to try. Save yourself some money and buy pumpkins on sale, in bulk and try out some of these easy pumpkin recipes. Remember, if you store them properly – in dry and moderately cool conditions, they’ll last for months. And, if you want to preserve pumpkins for easy use later, check out our 175 dehydrator recipes post. Dehydrating pumpkin puree is a great way to keep a stock of pumpkin ready for use year-round. 

Katy Willis

Written by Becky Britton

Becky has been living green for more than a decade. She's a small-scale homesteader who is always learning new ways to make life a little greener.

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