15 savoury pumpkin recipes that aren't just for Halloween

Too often, pumpkin is mashed into a sickly sweet puree, coated in brown sugar and cinnamon, or used to flavour a cloying latte. The pumpkin deserves more. 15 savoury pumpkin recipes.

Most of these recipes require scooping out the pumpkin's stringy guts to get to the flesh. Don't toss the guts. Pepitas are an easy-to-make, healthy snack. This recipe from The Pioneer Woman explains how to roast pumpkin seeds until crunchy.


This recipe is also simple. You can make a creamy pasta sauce with pumpkin puree instead of a whole pumpkin. This Budget Bytes recipe is delicious, cheap, and easy. It can be made in 20 minutes with spinach or sausage.

Pumpkin-sauced pasta

Classic pumpkin soup uses pumpkin puree but isn't overly sweet. This warming, stick-to-your-ribs soup is easy and not labor-intensive for the flavours it fosters.

Pumpkin Soup

This vegetarian recipe can be made vegan by adding chorizo or chicken. But it's unnecessary. If you peel and roast the pumpkin, you'll have a silky-smooth chilli that even carnivores will love.

Pumpkin Chili

Okay. This dish isn't completely savoury because of the pumpkin and maple syrup, but the sweet, savoury, and meaty flavours stand out. RecipeTin Eats says the dish can be served as a side or a main, depending on the portions.

Chili-roasted pumpkin with feta

Pumpkin is versatile. Steamed, mashed pumpkin gives classic cannelloni recipe surprising body. Brown butter and sage leaves bring out the fall flavours, according to Country Living.

Cannelloni pumpkin

Wait. This pumpkin noodle soup should also be on the list. This recipe uses pumpkin puree to enhance a classic miso soup. Adding buckwheat noodles to the recipe gives it versatility as a side or main dish.

Miso-Pumpkin Soup

Here, stay. After making this delicious vegetarian lasagna, you'll understand why. Create a flavorful lasagna filling with pumpkin puree.

Lasagna pumpkin

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