If you’re anything like me you will carve pumpkins every year for Halloween with the kids – it’s one of those fun, rainy day activities that seems to go down a treat in our house. Yes, we have the fancy pants pumpkins that mummy doesn’t let anyone touch, but we also have pumpkins for carving!
Never one to be ok with waste, I always feel like I have to DO something with the left over pumkin, I mean, I can’t just bin it all and I don’t have a compost heap, so that leaves me fave thing: cooking.
Pumpkin is one of those things I think you either love or you hate, and it’s so easy to associate it with pumpkin “spice” which is more spices and flavours and you lose the actual pumpkin (or so I think anyway). Ahead of carving season, I’ve pulled together some of the best recipes for using up those pumpkin innards!
Savoury pumpkin goodness
Pumpkin Cauliflower Gratin
This looks delish, from Well and Full, it’s the kind of thing I would put on the meal planner with some bacon or sausages.
You can’t go wrong with a classic Autumn recipe of chilli – whether you make it con carne or veggie, it’s always a winner. I love this twist from Will Cook for Smiles which adds in some yummy chunks of pumpkin. Perfect for anyone who doesn’t normally like pumpkins! This will make for great leftovers too!
Morrocan Pumpkin Chicken
This recipe from SunKissed kitchen sounds like something a little different from the usual pumpkin soup or pie and it’s absolutely something I think my kids would devour.
This is actually one of the more popular pumpkin dishes after pies and soups, it’s pretty tasty and a good way to get kids trying pumpkin! This recipe is from Yellowbliss road.
Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas
Another one that I wouldn’t have ever really considered – I am impressed with this recipe from Skinny M’s, we love a mexican dish in this house and enchiladas are always popular!
Edith actually really loves gnocchi, and even ate it when I did a soup the other week. What I’ve discovered is that pumpkin gnocchi is really easy to make! It seems like a great twist – this recipe is from Sweet Simple Vegan.
Yes sir! Pumpkin lasagne is a thing – a damn good thing too to be honest. I think it adds a creamy twist – you can either make this veggie version from Ambitious Kitchen or use pumpkin as an addition to your main meal.
This classic soup from Savoury nothings is easy and filled with simple tasty ingredients.
Never tried it, always wanted to. I’m living for this recipe – just look at that bread! Warm toasted and some apple pie filling spread on. NOM. Recipe from Life Love and Sugar.
Starting with the obvious choice – I have a confession to make: I’ve never made a pumpkin pie. No really, never. I would absolutely love to make some this year – it looks lush from Sugar and Spice.
Pumpkin spice truffles
Now frankly these are something I would never have even considered and I love it! LOVE it. I think these are the kind of thing that would be such a little treat on a cosy evening snuggled up with the blankets and a cup of bedtime tea! Recipe is by This Delicious House.
Brown butter pumpkin chocolate chip bars
Show me a more seasonal tray bake. I’ll wait. Recipe by Two peas and their pod.
Pumpkin Honey bun cake
This just feels like it deserves custard and warmth. Recipe by Bunny’s Warm Oven.
Pumpkin coffee cake
You might remember my blueberry coffee cake (not got coffee in for my UK loves – this is the US term for a cake you eat with coffee I believe!) and this one just looks like the perfect “Fall” version. Recipe by Handle the Heat.
No-bake pumpkin cheesecake
You know how I’m not here for faff-y recipes and I’m basically here for anything easy and suitable for the perpetually lazy? Ah-ha! Enter no bake cheesecake from One Little Project.
Pumpkin caramel pull apart bread
Another one from the fabulous Will Cook for Smiles – I have to say I think the kids would love this, especially the boys who would delight in grabbing bits and pulling off a chunk to eat.
Pumpkin S’mores cookies
I’m sorry, there is a blog dedicated to pumpkin recipes and I have only discovered this now? The fun I could have been having. ANYWAY, I’m here for the sound of these from Once Upon a Pumpkin.