Pumpkin Puree Recipes You’ll Love – 5 Ideas


We always grab a can or two of pumpkin purée for making pumpkin pies. But why not grab a couple more cans of this vitamin A– and fiber-packed ingredient to use in new and delicious savory ways? Here are some ideas:

1. Stir about 1 cup pumpkin purée into 3 cups marinara sauce. It will reduce the sodium and get the little ones to eat vegetables without knowing it!

2. For a new spin on mashed potatoes, add some pumpkin purée, a bit of fresh or ground ginger and/or ground nutmeg, and some sliced scallions.

3. Pumpkin and chili are a match made in heaven! Stir some purée into homemade or canned chili. The flavor combination is delicious, you’ll reduce the sodium, and it also extends the chili so it will feed more people.


4. Try adding some pumpkin to corn muffin mix. It will add beautiful color and moistness. Just stir 1/2 cup into batter made from an 8.5-oz box of corn muffin mix, then follow package directions for baking.

5. Hummus is delicious, but can be high in fat and calories. Stir some pumpkin purée into prepared hummus—it will reduce the fat and calories per serving and still be super-yummy.

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What do you think?



  1. 6

    Such great ideas. I’m always looking for ways to hide veggies in my kiddo’s food. I’ll be using these for sure.

  2. 7

    One of our favorites is to add a can of pumpkin to a box of spice cake and bake as directed. YUM! and very little fat / calories.

  3. 8

    Thanks for the tips! Tonight I made turkey chili using leftovers with cornbread. I put some of the pumpkin in the chili and in the cornbread mix…. both were SO good!

  4. 9

    Preparing for the big meal tomorrow with a house full of relatives and kids. Pumpkin will be featured in several dishes. The kids are going to make pumpkin pancakes for breakfast with Batter Blaster. They love it, and it’s one less thing for me to worry about tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  5. 10

    The one time I put pumpkin in chili (to sneak more veggies into the meal) my husband swore it was the best chili I ever made. I think it gives it a smoother, creamier flavor- it’s good!

  6. 11

    Great ideas! I’m making pumpkin hummus for Thanksgiving Day, just in case someone has the munchies before the turkey is ready.