From pie to hummus, pumpkin makes everything taste like fall.

By Corey Williams
Updated July 24, 2019
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Though it’s most often associated with pies and other autumnal desserts, pumpkin is actually an extremely versatile ingredient. Here are 12 of our favorite ways to use everyone’s favorite gourd:

1. Pumpkin Pie

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Sure, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a traditional pumpkin pie on the table—but we’re all for breaking out the classic recipe as soon as the weather gets chilly. Feel like spicing things up? Mix it up with our Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie or our Pumpkin-Praline Pie.

Get the recipe: Classic Pumpkin Pie

2. Pumpkin Soup

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When you’re craving a rich and creamy soup for fall, look no further than pumpkin. It pairs perfectly with other toasty flavors like coconut (get our Curried Coconut-Pumpkin Soup recipe here), but it’s absolutely perfect on its own.

3. Pumpkin Salad

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Add a little color to your salad with some roasted pumpkin. It tastes great, but it’s also packed with fiber and other nutrients—a pumpkin salad will take your meal prep game up a notch.

4. Pumpkin Curry

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We love an easy curry on busy weeknights, and adding pumpkin to the mix makes for tasty, hearty, and healthy vegetarian dinner. Serve over basmati or jasmine rice to bring the whole thing together.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin-Coconut Curry

5. Pumpkin-Stuffed Ravioli

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Pureed pumpkin makes an incredible filling for ravioli, and it’s surprisingly simple to whip up at home. Tip: We love using store-bought wonton wrappers as a shortcut for pasta dough.

6. Pumpkin Bread

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Linda Pugliese

Does anything scream “fall is here” louder than a loaf of fresh pumpkin bread? We certainly don’t think so.

7. Pumpkin Butter

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Pumpkin butter is as versatile as it is easy-to-make and delicious. Spread it over your morning toast, dip apple slices in it, or just eat it with a spoon.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Butter

8. Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Pumpkin pie is a classic, but it’s kind of divisive—not everyone loves it as much as we do. Pumpkin cheesecake, on the other hand, is another story.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake

9. Pumpkin Fudge

Canned pumpkin feels unexpectedly at home in a fudge recipe. Pumpkin fudge is truly the most indulgent way to ring in autumn.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Fudge

10. Pumpkin Waffles

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Waffles are one of our favorite breakfast foods of all time, so making a pumpkinified version in fall feels only natural.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Waffles

11. Pumpkin Hummus

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E. Spencer Toy

Pumpkin might not be the most traditional hummus flavor, but it’s surprisingly delicious. Pumpkin hummus is nutritious, comforting, and perfect for fall entertaining.

Get the recipe: Smoky Pumpkin Hummus

12. Pumpkin Pasties

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Muggle or not, our Harry Potter-inspired recipe for Pumpkin Pasties (a favorite in the wizarding world) is pretty dang magical. Wash it down with our Pumpkin Juice for a snack fit for the Great Hall.

Get the recipes: Pumpkin Pasties