From soft baked bread to creamy pasta dishes, there is much to do with the season's bounty without relying on the pumpkin pie stand-in. With these dishes, it's important to play on pumpkin's complementary flavors other than those found in a regular pumpkin pie. This way, you'll refrain from overtiring the standard flavors before Thanksgiving Day hits.
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Pumpkin-Leek Soup - Thick and creamy soup is a perfect pick me up for a cold afternoon.
Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits - These fluffy biscuits have just a hint of pumpkin flavor, making them a great side to any autumn dinner.
Pumpkin Risotto - A very rich risotto, this is ideal for pairing with a more basic dinner main, like a simple roasted chicken breast.
Pumpkin Lasagna - Make pumpkin the center of your meal by adding it to lasagna in place of ricotta cheese. Great for a large group.
Pumpkin-Sage Polenta - Creamy polenta is given a nutty flavor with the addition of this autumnal ingredient.
Pasta with Mushrooms and Pumpkin Gorgonzola Sauce - With pumpkin, evaporated milk and nutmeg, many of the ingredients here are shared with pumpkin pie, but the addition of Gorgonzola, mushrooms and onion creates a savory flavor profile.
Pumpkin Black Bean Soup - Topped with tangy queso blanco, this hearty soup will transport you to warmer days.
Spicy Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pumpkin Mole - Pumpkin adds a rich sweetness to this chile-based chicken dish that will warm you to the core.