Beyond Pumpkin Pie: 10 Ways to Make Use of Pureed Pumpkin

Oct 11 2013 - 4:25am

You don't have to worry about a shortage of pumpkin puree [1], but you will likely encounter the dilemma of what to do with a half-used container of solid pack pumpkin [2]. Sure, you could make the traditional pumpkin pie [3], but why not think outside the box can? Here are 10 wonderful ways to use pumpkin.

Photos: Lauren Hendrickson, Flickr [4]

Think Beyond Pie

There are plenty of other divine desserts that use pumpkin. Consider pumpkin brownies [5], pumpkin whoopie pies [6], or pumpkin cake pops [7].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Use It as a Filling For Flatbread

Use pumpkin puree as a filling for Asian flatbreads [8], like Afghan bolani or Indian naan.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Mix Into Risotto

Pumpkin is ideal for Italian preparations. Add it to al dente arborio rice [9] for a rich and luxurious risotto.

Source: Flickr user Luca Nebuloni [10]

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 [11]: pumpkin frozen yogurt. Simply let store-bought plain frozen yogurt or vanilla ice cream soften. Then stir in pumpkin puree until smooth.

Source: Flickr user jamieanne [12]

Use in a Cocktail

A small amount of pumpkin puree goes a long way in a cocktail recipe [13], and it makes for a wonderful seasonal sipper.

Photo: Nancy Einhart

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 [14]. It's the perfect way to highlight the true essence of pumpkin.

Source: Flickr user Pierre Wolfer [15]

Make a Pasta Sauce

For a rich and decadent pasta sauce [16], combine the pumpkin puree with cream and cheese, then toss with cooked pasta. (Alternatively, try it in a ragù sauce.)

Source: Flickr user Luca Nebuloni [17]

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 [18].

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Make an Edible Gift

Whip up a batch (or two) of homemade pumpkin bread [19], then package in a pretty box and deliver to a friend or neighbor as a token of your appreciation.

Source: Flickr user whitneyinchicago [20]

Use in Place of Squash

If a recipe calls for roasted butternut squash (like this lasagna [21]) but you're short on time, substitute pumpkin puree instead; it will impart similar flavor.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

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