17 Pumpkin Recipes to Help You Use an Entire Pumpkin

October  6, 2014

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The Great Pumpkin may have no-showed, but pumpkin remains great, indeed. Once you get past its thick outer shell, cut away the flesh, and scoop out the seeds, you're faced with the reality of just how much stuff even just one pumpkin contains. It can be overwhelming to look at your small mound of cubed pumpkin or slimey seeds or orangey purée. You might wonder: "How will I, as one human, either feed all of that to myself or force it upon my family and friends?" 

In hummus, in pasta dishes, in cookies, in granola bars, and in cakes -- that's how! Pumpkin is like your coolest friend: It fits in everywhere, effortlessly. Whether you add it to a soup with goat cheese or to cookies with chocolate chips, pumpkin will flatter the other ingredients yet keep its own distinct personality. 

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As for using the entire pumpkin, we don't have so many ideas for the stem and the leaves, but take a look at the 17 recipes below -- we've definitely got the rest of the pumpkin (no matter how hulking) covered.

Hard Squash Hummus by Modern Farmer


Pumpkin Beer and Goat Cheese Soup by Fancy and Casual


Pearl Couscous with Roasty Roots, Chickpeas, and Pepitas by cristinasciarra


Moro's Warm Squash and Chickpea Salad with Tahini by Genius Recipes


Pasta Al Forno with Pumpkin and Pancetta by Merrill Stubbs


Birthday Pumpkin Muffins by Sadassa_Ulna


Five Minute, No-Bake Vegan Granola Bars by Gena Hamshaw


What I Do For Love Bran Muffins by drbabs


Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Merrill Stubbs


Salted Pumpkin Crème Brûlée by EmilyC


Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds by Sarah Jampel


Pumpkin Christmas Bread by mrslarkin 


Pumpkin Rugelach with Sage and Walnuts by arielleclementine


Salted Pumpkin Caramels by cheese1227


Autumn Apple and Pumpkin Galette by A Local Choice


Sweet and Salty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds by Phyllis Grant


Honey Pumpkin Biscuits by Beth Kirby | {local milk}

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Mary October 18, 2014
I like pumpkin served as a vegetable. Just make a spicy pumpkin pie filling, without the milk and sugar, serve as a vegetable.