19 Unexpected Things to Make with Canned Pumpkin
Not a pie in sight.
While there’s a good chance you—and most cooks you know—only stock up on canned pumpkin puree once a year, just in time for Thanksgiving pie making, the fact is this versatile ingredient can be used in a myriad of dishes throughout the season and well beyond. From comforting pasta dishes to unexpected brunch recipes, the sky’s the limit for this underrated pantry staple. Step outside the pie tin with these fun, flavorful recipes that will make you seek out canned pumpkin all year round, long after the last piece of pumpkin pie has been consumed.
While canned pumpkin tends to be associated with sweeter dishes, mouthwatering recipes like this creamy pasta dish will turn you into a savory pumpkin convert. With a super-simple filling that combines canned pumpkin, Parmesan, salt, and pepper, these ravioli are guaranteed to be a repeat recipe in your dinner lineup. Get the recipe here.
The classic taste of pureed pumpkin combined with the comforting texture of pancakes makes for the coziest fall breakfast imaginable in this unfussy recipe. While the canned pumpkin is the star of the show, the addition of vanilla yogurt also adds some creaminess to these flapjacks, making them a surefire morning hit. Get the recipe here.
We’re all for a Mediterranean-inspired hummus spread year round, and what better way to take this trendy dip into fall than with the addition of canned pumpkin? The combination of this unexpected ingredient with the traditional taste of Tahini will make this dip the hit of your Halloween party. Get the recipe here.
For a Southern-inspired fall feast, this pumpkin-filled cornbread just can’t be beat. Take a traditional cornbread recipe to new heights with the addition of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice for an unexpected fall side dish that’s sure to satisfy. Get the recipe here.
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Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
Make your English muffin or bagel instantly more festive by creating your own pumpkin spice spread. Combine an 8-ounce container of whipped cream cheese with ¼ cup canned pumpkin, and add 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and 1-1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar to sweeten the mixture. Store the mixture in an airtight container in the fridge to be doled out over time. Or, try a party-friendly play on this combination with this Pumpkin Dip recipe.
Thai-Style Pumpkin Soup
This warm, comforting recipe combines canned pumpkin with Thai-inspired ingredients like rice vinegar, peanut butter, fresh ginger, and mango nectar for an unexpected take on a traditional fall bisque. Get the recipe here.
What better way to transition from fall into the fudge-filled Christmas season than with this play on the classic that combines canned pumpkin with white chocolate and marshmallow crème for the ultimate autumn indulgence. Be warned that this sweet tooth-friendly dish will disappear from your kitchen counter in no time. Get the recipe here.
Savory Pumpkin Spice Dutch Baby
This breakfast dish will make you wonder why you’ve never made a savory Dutch baby—or pumpkin dish—before. With additions like bacon, arugula, and black pepper to dress up this pumpkin-filled pancake, this is a truly unique breakfast or brunch experience. Get the recipe here.
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Even in the colder months, sometimes we just really need a heaping bowl of ice cream—and this pumpkin dish is the ultimate way to fulfill that creamy craving. As a bonus, this recipe is dairy-free and way healthier than the store bought stuff. In a blender, combine 1 frozen banana, 3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin, a half-teaspoon of maple syrup, and a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice. Fold in chocolate chips to the completed ice cream if you’d like a little extra sweetness.
Pumpkin-Shitake Risotto with Pancetta and Pine Nuts
If the name of this dish alone made your mouth water, you’re not alone. The combination of this hearty Italian rice dish with a savory canned pumpkin and mascarpone mixture packed with tons of flavor will skyrocket this dish to the top of your favorite recipes list. Get the recipe here.
Pumpkin Pie Pudding
This fun take on a traditional pumpkin pie combines canned pumpkin with sugar, milk, egg, and tons of flavorful seasonings to create a rich seasonal pudding that can be served up individually for added convenience. Get the recipe here.
Pasta with Mushrooms and Pumpkin Gorgonzola Sauce
Your guests will be shocked to learn this gourmet-seeming recipe includes canned pumpkin. The combination of the pureed squash with Gorgonzola, nutmeg, and sage makes for an amazingly flavorful and satisfying savory experience. Get the recipe here.
Because no fall feast is complete without a cocktail, this pumpkin-infused recipe is a surprisingly effective use of the canned ingredient. Combine one tablespoon pumpkin puree with 1 ounce of rum, ½ ounce Frangelico, and ½ ounce of vanilla simple syrup. Add in a dash of pumpkin spice and shake to combine, serving in a martini glass garnished with a cinnamon stick.
Pumpkin-Stuffed French Toast
Take your French toast game to a whole new level when you fill thick slices of challah bread with your prepared pumpkin pie filling before coating and cooking. Top with toasted nuts, and even some of that pumpkin cream cheese spread for an indulgent brunch dish to remember. Get the recipe here.
One Pan Broccoli-Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Swap a can of unsweetened pumpkin for the butternut squash puree in this indulgent recipe, and you’ve got yourself the ultimate fall comfort food. After trying this, you just might never go back to sweet pumpkin recipes ever again. Get the recipe here.
Utilizing canned pumpkin in this uber-autumnal dish will make for super speedy meal prep, compared to recipes that require roasted and mashed pumpkin. Layer the cheesy pumpkin mixture filled with fall-friendly seasonings between lasagna noodles and in no time you’ll be digging into a hearty, golden brown pasta dish. Get the recipe here.
Pumpkin-Honey Beer Quick Bread
This autumnal bread recipe has the dual benefits of being a great way to integrate canned pumpkin into your cooking and a super fast and easy bread to prepare. Requiring just a little over an hour of cooking time, this pumpkin pie-flavored bread will be a new fall fave. Get the recipe here.
While avocado toast might rule your mornings in the summertime, take this carb-friendly trend into the fall and winter with pumpkin toast. Combine 1 can of pumpkin puree with 1/3-cup honey and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice in a saucepan and warm over low heat for a few minutes. Serve warm on toasted bread, or store in a Tupperware in the fridge to be spread on later. Big bonus points if you serve it on a slice of that freshly baked Pumpkin-Honey Beer bread.
Pumpkin Gnocchi Gratin
This easy-to-execute pasta dish combines the standard recipe of homemade gnocchi with pumpkin puree to add a fall-inspired twist to a classic. Topped with a luxurious buttery white wine sauce, this is about as classy as canned pumpkin gets. Get the recipe here.