What to Do with Pumpkin

8 ways to make use of canned Thanksgiving squash


Now that we are getting into November and Thanksgiving is little more than two weeks away, cans of pumpkin are filling store shelves left and right. While pumpkin pie, with its custard-like filling and warm cinnamon aromas, is incredibly delicious and obviously seasonal, there is plenty more to do with pumpkin.

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.

Canned Pumpkin image courtesy of meerkatbaby via Flickr/cc
We've gathered our eight top pumpkin recipes to use up the canned staple this autumn. Read on for our favorites and let us know the creative ways in which you use canned pumpkin below!

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.

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