Canned pumpkin is a fabulous convenience food that's really good for you. Be sure to read labels when you buy it - you want only pumpkin in the ingredient list, with perhaps some seasonings. Don't try to substitute pumpkin pie filling for canned pumpkin in these recipes because it won't work.
Pumpkin is the perfect fall food. It's rich, delicious, creamy when cooked, and can be used in breads, cookies, soups, and main dishes.
Pumpkin has lots of vitamins A and C and fiber. Plus the color is gorgeous! Enjoy these easy recipes that start with canned pumpkin.
Start With Canned Pumpkin
- Pumpkin Nut Muffins
These moist and tender muffins are packed full of nuts and spices. They're perfect for breakfast on the run or for an after school snack.
- Creamy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup
This easy crockpot soup is topped with a fabulous cilantro pesto. You could use basil pesto purchased from the grocery store to make things easier.
- Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie, of course, is a classic recipe for fall and the holidays. But it's good any time of the year. This easy version is smooth and rich. Serve it with some whipped cream flavored with vanilla and cinnamon.
- Crockpot Apple Pumpkin Cake
Cakes made in the crockpot turn out so moist and rich. This special recipe has two of the best fall ingredients: pumpkin and apple. I like to serve it with butter pecan ice cream, drizzled with a little caramel sauce. Yum.
- Pumpkin Cupcakes
These cute and easy cupcakes start with a cake mix, then add a few more ingredients to turn them into fabulous treats.
- Pumpkin Satay
Satay is an Indonesian recipe, made of meats served with a dipping sauce, sometimes made with peanut butter. Adding pumpkin to the sauce adds richness and flavor. Try it!
- Buffalo Pumpkin Soup
Wow. Adding blue cheese, hot sauce, and blue cheese salad dressing to pumpkin soup takes it to a new level. I love this recipe.
- Halloween Cupcakes
Adding canned pumpkin to a spice cake mix adds richness and texture to these cute little cupcakes. Have fun decorating them for Halloween or Thanksgiving!
- Pumpkin Blue Cheese Pasta
Blue cheese and pumpkin may sound like an unlikely combination, but the sharp tang of blue cheese is perfectly offset by pumpkin's richness. This easy main dish recipe is good enough for company.
- Moist Pumpkin Nut Bread
This tender bread is topped with cinnamon sugar, and filled with crunchy walnuts. It's perfect for a snack or quick breakfast.
- Pumpkin Spinach Quiche
What could make a spinach quiche better? Some rich pumpkin blended into the custard, of course! This gorgeous recipe is fun to make and eat.
- Caramel Pumpkin Cookies
These cookies have the wonderful flavor combination of caramel and pumpkin. They're frosted with an easy caramel frosting. Decorate them with holiday colored M&M candies for a special look.
- Pumpkin Cake Roll
A luscious cream cheese filling is in the center of this rolled cake. Follow the directions carefully and enjoy this fun recipe.
- Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie
What could make pumpkin pie even better? A smooth and creamy layer of cheesecake, of course!
- Quick Pumpkin Soup
This super simple recipe is ready in about 40 minutes, so it's perfect for a busy week night. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds and some grated Parmesan cheese.