17 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

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Pumpkins aren’t just for carving and decoration, they are also a source of healthy nutritious food. Why not find ways to eat the pumpkin too! We’ve got 17 super ideas to try that will help you use up those pumpkins.

Many people will take a pumpkin or two home around Halloween to carve, maybe stick a candle in it for a day or two on the porch, but not many people actually cook a pumpkin and use it for food. That’s a huge shame.

» You might also try these 25 Delicious Fall Apple Desserts and Hot Buttered Rum Batter (large batch).

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A 2014 study showed that of the nearly 2 billion pounds of pumpkin grown in the U.S., an estimated 1.3 billion pounds were thrown away instead of eaten or composted, according to the US Department of Energy. In 2021, the number of wasted pumpkins has got to be even bigger!

Help Stop Food Waste

We want to help stop the waste of pumpkins by giving you some ideas to use it rather than toss it. Below you will find 17 of our best and favorite pumpkin recipes that you can make with pumpkin.

Obviously if you’re using them for carving and have them sitting on your porch until they rot, you can’t use them for food anymore, but there are other ways to keep from throwing them out. We’ve also linked to a few other articles with ideas for how to compost them, as well as how to use the pumpkin guts, rather than throwing them away.

17 Ways to Eat Pumpkin Rather Than Toss Them

Pumpkin Soup Without Cream
Pumpkin soup without cream is just as creamy, delicious, and rich as it is with cream. You might not believe it until you try it, but you don't need to add cream to pumpkin soup for it to be smooth and silky.
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Pumpkin soup in a pumpkin with pumpkin seeds on top
Beetroot & Pumpkin Salad
This Beetroot & Pumpkin Salad, packed with tender pieces of roasted pumpkin and beetroot, blue cheese, pine nuts, and dressed with a simple vinaigrette, makes a fantastic fall side dish or lunch salad.
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Beetroot and pumpkin salad
Instant Pot Sausage Pumpkin Pasta
This Instant Pot Sausage & Pumpkin Pasta is the perfect fall dish, with the delicious flavors of sausage and pumpkin along with tender farfalle.
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Instant Pot Sausage Pumpkin Pasta
Mini Personal Pumpkin Pies
Mini pumpkin pies have just five simple ingredients plus those aromatic spices we all love at the holidays. And they're just so darn cute! These pies are a great way to serve individual desserts.
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Mini pumpkin pie
Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Desserts
These no-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Desserts are a fun alternative to the typical pumpkin pie that you can serve at Thanksgiving.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse
Delicious Instant Pot Pumpkin Pie Bites
These Instant Pot pumpkin pie bites are a great way to make a fun dessert quickly and easily in the Instant Pot. You don’t need the oven with this fantastic recipe.
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
These fluffy and flavorful pumpkin spice cupcakes are the perfect warm fall treat with cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and ginger baked in.
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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Pumpkin French Toast
Change up your typical French toast for fall with this Pumpkin French Toast with Cinnamon and Nutmeg.
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pumpkin french toast
How to Cook a Whole Pumpkin in the Instant Pot
Want to make fresh pumpkin puree with all those beautiful fall pumpkins? Use these easy instructions to cook a whole pumpkin in the Instant Pot in under 25 minutes.
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pumpkin in the air fryer
Crunchy Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds
Wondering what to do with all those pumpkin seeds you’ve harvested from inside your baking pumpkins this season? We used to bake them, but the air fryer is much faster and the seeds get super crunchy and evenly cooked.
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pumpkin seeds

Low-Carb Pumpkin Recipes

Keto Pumpkin Soup
This Keto Pumpkin Soup Recipe is perfect for a chilly fall or winter evening when you’re craving a warming, savory soup.
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keto pumpkin soup
Keto Pumpkin Bread with Walnut Crumble
This Keto Pumpkin bread is incredibly moist with a delicious walnut crumble on top, and it’s only 2 net grams of carbs per slice.
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pumpkin bread with walnuts
Keto Pumpkin Cookies
These keto pumpkin cookies have delicious pumpkin spice flavor without the carbs. The recipe uses almond and coconut flour with a sugar substitute to make low carb and keto friendly cookies.
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pumpkin cookies
Pumpkin Pancakes with Almond Flour
Add a little fall flavor back to your life with these Keto Pumpkin Pancakes that are made with almond flour and turn out fluffy and light.
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pumpkin pancakes

Pumpkin Drinks & Cocktails

Pumpkin Spice Latte
This homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is made with real pumpkin puree, rich espresso coffee, and delicious pie spice.
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Pumpkin spice latte
Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
If you’re a pumpkin spice latte fan, like so many of us are, you’re going to love this homemade iced pumpkin spice latte.
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iced pumpkin latte
Pumpkin Spice Martini
This Pumpkin Spice Martini has all the fall flavor you expect in a creamy and decadent martini that’s made with pumpkin spice vodka.
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pumpkin spice martini

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