11 of the Best Pumpkin Recipes
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The days are getting shorter, leaves are turning red and there’s an unmistakable chill in the air – autumn is well and truly here. One of the best things about autumn is the abundance of seasonal produce, in particular the humble pumpkin. There are so many things you can do with pumpkins, from hearty stews to creamy pastas and yummy pancakes. If you’ve found yourself with an excess of pumpkins, take a look at our top pumpkin recipes.
It wouldn’t be a list of best pumpkin recipes without a stew. Stews are so versatile and you can tweak them according to your taste. Like it spicy? Add a pinch of chilli powder. Prefer a creamy stew? Add a dash of heavy cream for a thicker texture. This recipe uses our Berbere Spice Blend, an explosive and pungent spice blend commonly used in Ethiopian cuisine. Containing red chilli, fenugreek, ginger, coriander, allspice, clove, cardamom and ajowan, this spice mix is sure to give your pumpkin stew a kick.
Pumpkin makes a great addition to a vegetarian Thai green curry. This recipe from Good Housekeeping is quick and easy to make, and you can use your favourite curry paste or try our ready-made Thai Panang gourmet cooking sauce. If you fancy having a go at making your own green curry paste, take a look at our recipe here. Be warned, this is very spicy so go easy on the chillies. Add as many fresh vegetables and herbs as you like, such as green beans, diced pumpkin, spring onions, coriander and Thai holy basil for a musky, minty hit.
Pumpkin doesn’t just work in savoury recipes – it makes a great addition to sweets and desserts, such as this BBC Good Food recipe for pumpkin muffins by Katy Gilhooly. These are very straightforward to make and only take 15 minutes in the oven, and is a fun one to make with little ones. The recipe calls for ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice, but you can also use our Mixed Pudding Spice as an alternative option. If you’re looking to make a mid-morning snack or a treat for Halloween or Bonfire Night, this is the one.
Another delicious snack are these pumpkin and feta rolls. Don’t worry about spending time making your own puff pastry – store-bought works fine in this recipe. You’ll need to bake the pumpkin first before mixing in the feta cheese and Roasted Garlic Powder. Once you’ve rolled the mixture in the pastry, sprinkle with Nigella Seeds for an earthy, nutty finish. These bite-size snacks make a great appetiser or canape if you’re looking to impress at a dinner party.
Chilly autumn nights are best for getting cosy and tucking into hearty, warming meals. This BBC Good Food recipe by Sarah Cook for baked pumpkin fondue is perfect for cold weather, especially when shared with friends. A whole pumpkin is filled with three different cheeses, as well as cream, white wine, shallot and garlic. Gather around the fireplace and serve with boiled or roasted potatoes, crusty bread or breadsticks – it doesn’t get more indulgent than this.
Not sure what to cook for a midweek dinner? Pasta is always a fantastic option as it’s low-effort and extremely versatile. The whole family will love this recipe for creamy pumpkin pasta, and it’s also a great way to get the kids to eat more veggies. It’s quick and easy to prepare, and makes use of kitchen essentials like milk, tomato puree and cream cheese. A dash of Lemon Pepper adds a bright and zingy flavour to the pasta, while a healthy dose of parmesan is the perfect finishing touch.
Another healthy midweek dinner is this recipe for spiced rice and lentils with pumpkin from Delicious Magazine. This vegan recipe originally calls for butternut squash, but you can easily replace it with pumpkin. Taking inspiration from the traditional Indian dish of kitchari, or slow-cooked rice with lentils, this modern take on the dish sees the addition of roast pumpkin, coconut yoghurt and lime. The dish is full of flavour as it makes use of punchy spices like turmeric, ground coriander, cumin seeds and chilli powder, as well as freshly grated ginger.
From award-winning food writer and author Sarah Beattie comes this mouthwatering recipe for Moroccan pumpkin soup. Not only is it tasty and easy to cook, but it’s also extremely healthy with the addition of fresh produce like celery, chard, pumpkin, tomatoes and chickpeas. Ras-el-Hanout Spice Blend adds warmth and complex flavours, while dates, apricots and chopped prunes add a touch of sweetness to the soup. Make a large batch of it on a Sunday and enjoy it throughout the week when you’re too lazy to make dinner.
Pancakes are a winner any time of the year, but if you’re looking for a seasonal twist on this breakfast classic, this Tesco Real Food recipe is the one. These pumpkin pancakes are worth getting up a bit earlier for – you’ll need to roast the pumpkin first. Aside from this additional step, they’re pretty straightforward to make – simply add the mashed pumpkin to your batter and cook the pancakes as you normally would. Serve with fresh blackberries, honey or maple syrup, and a pinch of our Dukkah Spice Mix.
This heavenly recipe from award-winning chef Eyck Zimmer is the ultimate autumn soup. Using herbs and spices like cinnamon sticks as well as ground cinnamon and bay leaf, this fragrant and creamy soup is perfect for cold evenings. Don’t skip the cinnamon scented croutons – they’re easier to make than you think, and add a delightful crunch to the dish.
Last but not least on our list of best pumpkin recipes is spiced pumpkin latte, arguably one of the most popular autumn recipes out there. There’s no need to pay for overpriced lattes when you can easily make it at home. This easy-to-follow recipe from Tesco Real Food is a real indulgent treat. Don’t forget to use a teaspoon of our warming Pumpkin Spice – you can also use the spice blend in other treats like cookies, scones or pies.