You don't have to worry about a shortage of pumpkin puree , but you will likely encounter the dilemma of what to do with a half-used container of solid pack pumpkin . Sure, you could make the traditional pumpkin pie , but why not think outside the
box can? Here are 10 wonderful ways to use pumpkin.
Think Beyond Pie
There are plenty of other divine desserts that use pumpkin. Consider pumpkin brownies , pumpkin whoopie pies , or pumpkin cake pops.
Use It as a Filling For Flatbread
Use pumpkin puree as a filling for Asian flatbreads , like Afghan bolani or Indian naan.
Mix Into Risotto
Pumpkin is ideal for Italian preparations. Add it to al dente arborio rice  for a rich and luxurious risotto.
Stir Into Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
Just because you don't live near a Yogen Früz, Pinkberry, or Red Mango doesn't mean you can't enjoy the season's big trend : pumpkin frozen yogurt. Simply let store-bought plain frozen yogurt or vanilla ice cream soften. Then stir in pumpkin puree until smooth.
Use in a Cocktail
A small amount of pumpkin puree goes a long way in a cocktail recipe , and it makes for a wonderful seasonal sipper.
Add Into a Soup
If you've taken the time to make your own pumpkin puree, use it as a base for a creamy soup . It's the perfect way to highlight the true essence of pumpkin.
Make a Pasta Sauce
For a rich and decadent pasta sauce , combine the pumpkin puree with cream and cheese, then toss with cooked pasta. (Alternatively, try it in a ragù sauce.)
Use as a Filling For Ravioli
Pumpkin puree doesn't just make a great sauce for pasta; it also has just the right texture for ravioli filling .
Make an Edible Gift
Whip up a batch (or two) of homemade pumpkin bread , then package in a pretty box and deliver to a friend or neighbor as a token of your appreciation.
Use in Place of Squash
If a recipe calls for roasted butternut squash (like this lasagna ) but you're short on time, substitute pumpkin puree instead; it will impart similar flavor.