Pumpkin Recipes to Pin and Prepare to Please Your Palate

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For many, fall means pumpkins, but what do you do with all those orange gourds? Even if you love pumpkin spice, that doesn’t have to be the only thing you add to pumpkin. You can prepare pumpkin recipes that include both sweet and savory dishes, so why not try some of both this season? By incorporating pumpkin into your recipes, you open the door to hundreds of tasty dishes to try.

Which Pumpkin Variety to Use in Recipes


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As far as picking the perfect pumpkin for recipes goes, the answer is in a can. Yes, canned pumpkin puree works best in most recipes. Since you don’t have to bake, puree, and drain the squash when you use canned pumpkin, you can save over an hour of prep time. Just be sure to grab pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie mix, which has sugar and spices added to it.

1. Pumpkin Alfredo

Pumpkin Recipes Pumpkin Alfredo

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When you tire of the same basic fettuccini alfredo, upgrade it with the addition of creamy pumpkin. Yellow Bliss Road mixes pumpkin into an alfredo sauce, for a richer flavor. Plus, the pumpkin boosts the nutrients in the dish, since pumpkin has high levels of vitamin A and fiber. And don’t leave out the nutmeg. It adds just the perfect flavor foil to the savory parmesan and cream.

2. Grandma’s Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Recipes Pumpkin Bars

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Even if your grandma never baked pumpkin bars, you’ll still be able to appreciate the old-fashioned goodness of this dessert from Recipe Diaries. Though they’re called bars, these have a cake-like consistency and get a generous topping of vanilla buttercream icing. You may find yourself making these for fall birthday cakes if you have pumpkin lovers in your home.

3. Healthy Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Recipes Healthy Pumpkin Chili
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