Traditionally, when folks think of pumpkin puree, the first thing that comes to mind is pumpkin pie. For those interested in exploring the potential of this surprisingly versatile and healthy ingredient a bit more, though, there is plenty of freedom to do just that. Here are just a handful of additional and very delicious ideas on how to use this often underestimated recipe ingredient.
1. Pasta with Pumpkin and Parmesan
Creamy pasta dishes are a regular favorite, but when you add in some pumpkin puree along with some fresh parmesan, the result can be downright delicious. A hint of sweet, a touch of salt, and the creamy, warm goodness of the pasta all come together just right in this great dish.Read More »
2. Curried Apple-Pumpkin Soup
Soup is a long-heralded comfort food, perfect for fall-themed fare. Add in some pumpkin, and you’ve really got a great comfort food ready for warming everyone up. This one combines pumpkin puree, apple, onion, and a few other ingredients for a great-tasting combination.
3. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Most of us could go for a smoothie at any time of the year. In this case, we dive into the flavors of pumpkin and several other spices to achieve a great fall-themed smoothie everyone will love. This one is also vegan-friendly, so everyone can get a chance to enjoy it.
4. Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread
Who doesn’t love freshly baked bread? How about some delicious pumpkin-cranberry bread for a perfect combination of fruit zing along with the homely wholesomeness of fresh-baked bread? Even better, this recipe is fairly simple and doesn’t require the extensive and time-intensive rising processes needed in other bread recipes.
5. Pumpkin Mousse
Just say the word “mousse” and taste buds are bound to start watering. Pumpkin puree, along with a few other key ingredients, turns out to make a mousse worth writing home about. Top this one with gingerbread crumbs or other granola or cookie crumble for the ultimate mouthwatering finish.
6. Creamy Pumpkin-Peanut Soup
Back to the comfort food staple, soup, Creamy Pumpkin-Peanut Soup is another surprisingly refreshing twist on soup and the use of pumpkin puree as a key ingredient. This one offers some truly complex flavors that are sure to entice you back for seconds. Along with pumpkin puree, chopped onion, chili pepper flakes, ground turmeric, and chicken stock also go the distance in making this one a winner at the dinner table.
7. Pumpkin-Raisin Muffins
Muffins are another great way to utilize pumpkin puree outside of the traditional pie route. In this case, pumpkin puree and raisins come together to make a great taste and consistency. A touch of cinnamon and maple syrup also combine here to give that extra complexity and wow factor.
8. Frozen Pumpkin Cheesecake
Cheesecake is one of those desserts that can get quite exquisite. Run with this luxe food choice by adding pumpkin puree to the equation. Frozen pumpkin cheesecake does just that and only uses a grand total of five ingredients to get the job done.
9. Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes
There are a number of great pancake recipes out there that utilize pumpkin puree as a staple ingredient. These pancakes, however, are decidedly more light and healthy and taste amazing too. They also work quite well when topped with fresh fruit, yogurt, and other healthy complementing toppers.
10. Creamy Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon and Leeks
For the true gourmet cook in you, complexity and great impressions abound when you use pumpkin puree in this signature risotto with bacon and leeks. This one combines the aforementioned ingredients but in conjunction with a dash of black pepper, cloves, and white wine. Done right, this stand-out risotto recipe is unique and deliciously impressive.
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