By Marge Perry
Updated October 04, 2011
Whether you save the flesh of this year's jack-o-lantern or pick up the canned variety at the store, pumpkin is the perfect ingredient for adding festive fall flavor to sauces, soups, desserts, and even pancakes. It's so tasty that letting it go to waste is, well, scary.
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Roasting a pumpkin may sound like a daunting task, but it's really not. First, microwave a pie pumpkin on HIGH for 2 minutes. Then, carefully cut the pumpkin in half (you'll need a sharp knife), and scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp. Next, heat your oven to 375F. When it's nice and hot, place the pumpkin pieces (cut sides down) in a 13- x 9-inch pan. Cover and roast them for up to an hour, or until tender. Cool and scoop out the tasty pulp, and then use it as directed in your recipe.

For more tips, watch our video on preparing fresh pumpkinand see 7 Ways with Pumpkin.