For pumpkin lovers, the fall season is probably your favorite time of year. The spicy, sweet and savory flavor that commonly comes with pumpkin everything is a tasty treat. When you love to bake, you can easily incorporate a bounty of pumpkin delights into your recipes. They don’t have to be sweet either, because there are some fabulously savory pumpkin recipes to explore as well.
You don’t have to limit yourself to pumpkin cakes, muffins, and cookies. Consider pumpkin recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner to take in all the glory of the gourd. On the nutritional front, pumpkin is loaded with vitamins E and B6, and is a great source of fiber. It’s an all around nutritional powerhouse and autumnal icon. But what exactly can you cook with it? you ask. Here are the Top 5 pumpkin recipes that are sure to be on your fall cooking rotation.
5. Pumpkin Soup
When the leaves start to change color and there’s a little bit of new chill in the air, what better time to make soup? You’ll crave this Pumpkin Soup With Relish recipe from Rachael Ray.
The relish includes tart apple and cranberries, while the soup has a twist of cinnamon and a dash of chili powder. Spicy and unique, you’ll want to make a large batch of this soup in a medium soup pot.
4. Pumpkin French Toast
French toast is an easy breakfast or brunch treat that will have you satisfied for a busy day. This recipe from Delish shows exactly how to make it with pumpkin puree and topped with pumpkin spiked syrup.
Make sure you have a large 10 inch skillet to fry it up into golden perfection. If you are lacking in your cooking equipment, it’s time to step up your game with a great set of pans. The Rachael Ray Cucina Set is something to drool over. The gorgeous aqua blue color will complement any kitchen. Plus, it may even have you excited about cooking more for your family or friends.
3. Pumpkin Cornbread
You need a great side for all that soup and tasty pumpkin meals you’ll be making, and pumpkin cornbread is a true winner. Easy to make, great with pumpkin butter or jam, this is the perfect dish to take to fall potluck dinners.
2. Pumpkin Butter
Aren’t you just sick to death of apple butter in the fall? Instead, you can make a slow cooked pumpkin butter. It’s terrific on toast, muffins or even pumpkin waffles, if you want to double up on the pumpkin fun. The recipe is easy to make, because it’s just five ingredients.
Pumpkin puree (one can), sugar (one cup), cinnamon (two tsps), and apple juice (¾ cup). Bring all the ingredients to a boil and then turn down the stove to low and simmer a half hour, until thick. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week and enjoy this tasty treat slathered on everything. If you are too busy to make your own, buy a jar or two from Kitchen Kettle Village. This two pack of Pumpkin Butter will surely last you through the fall. Pumpkin butter and jelly sandwiches anyone?
1. Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta
Instead of a cheesy white alfredo, you can make a savory and much healthier pumpkin alfredo. Another great pumpkin recipe from Delish will surely have your crowd begging for seconds. Or thirds!
The recipe is easy to make and yields four servings, but you can always double up to make a larger batch for more people (or leftovers). Creamy and irresistible, you’ll need to serve this pasta in pretty pumpkin bowls to truly make a fall style statement.
Also a lover of pumpkin spice treats? Check out our Top 5 Pumpkin Spice Goodies You Can Enjoy All Fall!