Pity the poor pumpkin, whose flavour often gets banished to the realm of pies, coffee and other sweets. Try thinking of it like its fellow squash instead, and dive into the pumpkin patch with a bevy of recipes ranging from breakfast (like pumpkin pancakes) to savoury snacks (read: creamy hummus) to dinner entrées (including ultra-comforting fall pastas).
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
Forget the eponymous latte and dunk a spoon into this pumpkin spice oatmeal. Although you’re getting a healthy amount of fibre, the oatmeal also tastes like a treat with dried cranberries and light brown sugar for sweetness, and pepitas for crunch.
Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes with Spicy Apple Caramel Sauce
Take pumpkin into breakfast dishes with these pancakes made fluffy with ricotta and sticky sweet with spicy apple caramel sauce. Making your own caramel is highly gratifying, but keep a close eye on that pot lest it bubble over.
Serve this pumpkin dip with rye bread or crudités for an unusual autumn dipper for snacking or as an easy party favourite.
Creamy Pumpkin Lasagna Rolls
Roll up pumpkin and ricotta in this version of lasagna from Giada. Fried sage leaves make for a crispy counterpoint (or a snack for the cook).
Pumpkin Caesar Salad with Sage Sourdough Croutons
Caesar salad with pumpkin? Blending it into the dressing will impart an intriguing sweetness that will keep your guests guessing.
Pumpkin and Onions with Lemony Whipped Feta
Whip feta into silken smoothness and combine it with tangy lemon and roasted pumpkin and onions. Don’t be frightened off by its colour: some varieties of Jarrahdales may be blue-hued on the peel, but look like a typical pumpkin inside.
Firecracker Stir Fried Pumpkin Bok Choy and Cashews
Five spice powder, red chilli and tamari will have you seeing plenty of flavour fireworks with this easy stir-fry. If you can’t find arrowroot flour, try using cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
Pumpkin and Pancetta Spaghetti
Pancetta lends salty goodness to a virtuous dish filled with vegetables: hefty helpings of spinach and pumpkin add a vibrant zest.
Halloween Pumpkin Pasta
Use a mix of differently coloured pasta for a fun take, or just revel in the luxurious taste of this simple entree that uses cream, wine and nutmeg to build a rich sauce. Enjoy on October 31 or any time of the year.
Garlic Parmesan Pumpkin Seeds
Forget popcorn — toast up a batch of these savoury pumpkin seeds the next time you get the munchies. With just five ingredients and 15 minutes, you’re all set to start snacking.
Honey Roasted Pumpkin Bruschetta
Toasted bread and cheese is a winning combination, but adding honey roasted pumpkin takes this appetizer to a new level. Keep the sweetness in check with a lemony fennel salad.