Pumpkin dishes scream Fall. As soon as the first leaf drops, you can practically hear farmers wheeling their prized pumpkins out to farmers markets, grocery stores, and beyond.
The funny thing about pumpkins is that in North America, many see them as props. They're the bright orange Jack 'O Lanterns placed on everyone's doorsteps. Across the globe, however, pumpkins are used as both centerpieces and meals. There are hundreds of dishes that call for pumpkins and squash, and yet we can't get over the effortlessness that is canned pumpkin.
Pumpkin puree (according to Food & Wine) is actually not pumpkin at all: It is canned squash. Nevertheless, it tastes very similar and has the same smell and texture. So as the leaves begin to fall and the holiday season is around the corner, start preparing your pumpkin-themed dishes with these 10 canned-pumpkin recipes.
10 MASHED SWEET POTATOES
Thanks to The Food Network, we have this awesome and easy Mashed Sweet Potato dish that's made with canned pumpkin! It's creamy and has a gorgeous color to it that's definitely going to liven up any dinner table.
What you'll need are two sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin, butter, maple syrup, ground ginger, salt, and bacon.
Peel your sweet potatoes and then cook them until tender in hot water (should take around 15-20 minutes). Once they're done, drain the water and mash the potatoes with the canned pumpkin puree. Once mashed, add a half a stick of butter and two tablespoons of syrup. When it's all mixed, add some ground ginger and salt and sprinkle some cooked pieces of bacon on top for good measure!
9 FAMOUS PUMPKIN PIE
It's not Fall without some pumpkin pie, right? Very Best Baking has a fabulous recipe that'll make you lick your plate.
You'll need 3/4 cup of granulated sugar, one tsp of ground cinnamon, half a tsp of salt, half a tsp of ground ginger, one-fourth tsp of ground cloves, two eggs, one can of pumpkin puree (they used Libby's), one can of evaporated milk (they used Carnation), and a nine-inch pie crust.
Mix all the seasons together in a bowl and then put it aside. In a separate bowl, beat two of the eggs and add the canned pumpkin and seasoning mix in before slowly adding the evaporated milk. Pour it all into the shell and bake at 425 F for 15 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350 F for 40-50 minutes!
8 PUMPKIN SOUP
There's nothing like a warm, creamy soup on those chilly nights and this pumpkin soup by One Good Thing only takes five minutes!
You'll need one can of canned-pumpkin puree, two cups of chicken broth, half a cup of whipping cream, and half a teaspoon of a pumpkin spice mix (you can find this in any grocery store). Add all the contents into a saucepan and bring it to a boil while mixing it together. After five minutes — soup is served!
7 Sweet Pumpkin Dip
Pumpin is such an amazing fruit because you can make it spicy or sweet, cold or hot. Mr. Food's Sweet Pumpkin Dip is sweet and cold!
You'll need one can of pumpkin puree, two packages of soft cream cheese, two cups of confectioners sugar, one tsp of cinnamon, and one tsp of ground ginger.
With the help of an electric beater, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin puree until it's beautifully mixed. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix again before letting it chill in the fridge for at least two hours. Serve it with fruit and cookies and you're done!
6 PUMPKIN RAVIOLI
My Recipes has a pretty simple and delicious pumpkin pasta recipe. You'll need one canned pumpkin, one-third cup of parmesan cheese, a sprinkle of salt and black pepper, wonton wrappers, half a cup of chicken broth, and a stick and a half of butter.
Mix the pumpkin, cheese, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Grab a tablespoon of the mixture and put it inside each wonton. With a dash of water on the edges of the wonton, bring the edges together until the wonton forms a ravioli. Cook the ravioli in boiling water for seven minutes before draining and adding the butter and chicken broth to the pan. The ravioli will have a nice coat on them, making them salty and sweet!
5 PUMPKIN PIE BREAKFAST POPSICLES
Once these pumpkin pie breakfast popsicles by Salt and Lavender freeze, they'll be all you crave this Fall. You'll need one can of pumpkin puree, half a teaspoon of pumpkin spice, one tablespoon of honey, one and a half cups of Greek yogurt, half a cup of milk, popsicle molds, and half a cup of granola.
All you'll need to do is mix the puree, pumpkin spice, and honey in a bowl. In another bowl, mix the yogurt and the milk. Layer the ingredients into the popsicle mold by using a spoon and then add the stick. Put them in the freezer for at least six hours and poof! Breakfast!
4 DIY PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
Why spend money at Starbucks when we can make our own pumpkin spiced lattes at home! Thanks to The Spruce Eats, all you'll need is one cup of milk, two tablespoons of pumpkin puree, one tablespoon of sugar, one teaspoon of ground cinnamon, half a teaspoon of ground ginger, one-fourth a teaspoon of ground nutmeg, one-eighth a teaspoon of ground cloves, half a teaspoon of vanilla, and a small cup of espresso!
Add all ingredients—except the milk—to a simmering pot. Mix well until it's all combined and then whisk in warm milk until it froths. Pour the mixture into a mug and *poof* done!
3 PUMPKIN MAC & CHEESE
We all love cheesy noodles and now it's time to spice up the recipe. Eat This says you'll need a can of pumpkin puree, two teaspoons of garlic, one teaspoon of salt, two tablespoons of olive oil, one cup of milk, one cup of American cheese, and your favorite noodles.
In one pot mix all the ingredients together (except for the noodles) and bring it to a simmer. In a separate pot, boil the noodles and drain when tender. Dump the noodles in the sauce until covered nicely and it's time to eat!
2 PUMPKIN PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL BARS
Averie Cooks has an awesome recipe for gluten-free and vegan pumpkin peanut butter oatmeal bars. All you'll need is a half a cup of peanut butter, one cup of canned pumpkin puree, two cups of GF oats, one cup of brown sugar, half a cup of granulated sugar, one tablespoon of pumpkin spice, one teaspoon of vanilla, and one teaspoon of cinnamon.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl before spreading on to a 9x9 baking dish. Pop it in the oven at 350 F for 22-25 minutes and you're donezo!
1 PUMPKIN CHILI
It's time to give your chili recipe a makeover thanks to One Lovely Life. Grab a pound of ground beef, one diced green pepper, one diced onion, one tablespoon of chili powder, one tablespoon of cumin, one teaspoon of garlic powder, one teaspoon of onion powder, one can of pumpkin puree, one can of pinto beans, one can of black beans, and one can of diced tomatoes.
With the beef, onion, pepper, and some olive oil in a pot, cook down until juicy. Add the seasonings in once cooked and mix together. Lastly, add the pumpkin, beans, and diced tomatoes to the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes!