Pumpkin recipes to last through autumn

Pumpkin makes a great ingredient for pie and is fun to carve for Halloween, but it's good for so much more too.

You know fall is in full swing when late summer vegetables like pumpkins begin to make an appearance on supermarket shelves . They make a great ingredient for pie and are fun to carve for Halloween, but they’re good for so much more too. Use these simple, but delicious, pumpkin recipes to wow your friends and family this fall.

Pancakes and waffles

They’re great for breakfast on a crisp, fall morning, but pancakes and waffles make a yummy dinner or lunch too. It’s easy to put a spin on your favorites by adding 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin to the batter before cooking. Note that this is not the same thing as pumpkin-pie filling . By adding canned pumpkin to your pancakes or waffles, you create a tasty new recipe and add fiber, beta carotene, vitamins A and C, potassium, and magnesium. Top your pancakes or waffles with chopped walnuts and maple syrup.

Sweet breads

Whether you like bread, scones, or muffins, you can ramp up the flavor and nutrition of your favorite recipe by adding a bit of canned pumpkin. Replace some of the oil or butter with canned pumpkin. One cup of pumpkin and a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice should turn any sweet bread recipe into one of your top pumpkin recipes with very little effort. You can also use pureed fresh pumpkin. Simply cut a pumpkin half, remove the seeds, and bake it at 350 degrees until soft. Remove the flesh from the skin and puree it in the blender with a bit of water until it is smooth.

Pasta

There’s something about the flavor of pumpkin that pairs well with pasta. Obviously, you won’t want to use pumpkin pie filling for this purpose, but canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree is ideal. Stir pumpkin into macaroni and cheese, risotto, or your favorite Alfredo pasta sauce . You’ll get a subtle flavor twist without making your favorites too different.

Soup

You have a couple of options when it comes to adding pumpkin to soup . Start by roasting your pumpkin. For a creamy pumpkin soup, scrape the flesh into the blender with chicken stock and cream to just cover it. Puree the mixture and season to taste with nutmeg, garlic, salt, and pepper. Your second option is to remove the pumpkin from its skin and cut it into chunks. Add the chunks to vegetable or tortilla soup. It also tastes great in chili. No matter how you serve it , soup will quickly become one of your favorite pumpkin recipes.

Drinks

Pumpkin adds a fall flavor to warm drinks. Blend a tablespoon of canned pumpkin and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice into your hot chocolate, coffee, or cappuccino. Throw 1/2-cup of canned pumpkin and some cinnamon into a banana smoothie for a yummy breakfast on the go.

Desserts

You don’t have to turn down pumpkin pie, but you have so many more options for using pumpkin for dessert. Add canned pumpkin to cinnamon roll dough or stir it into your favorite cookie or cake recipe. Mix it into brownies, blondies, or pudding for a new and tasty twist on classic desserts. Stir pumpkin into cream cheese and add pumpkin pie spice the next time you make cheesecake.