9 Pumpkin Recipes We’re Crazy About This Season
Every fall, one ingredient reigns supreme: pumpkin. And since one cannot survive on pumpkin spice lattes alone, we want to inspire you to get creative with the gorgeous gourd by highlighting some of our favorite pumpkin recipes—from sweet pumpkin breakfast treats and savory pumpkin sides and main courses to classic pumpkin desserts.
(Pro Tip: All of these would look stunning served up in Le Creuset’s new pumpkin line!)
Breakfast Pumpkin Recipes
This pumpkin coffee cake is perfect for a cozy morning at home and will soon become a breakfast (or sweet treat) staple in your household. The addition of pumpkin puree and sour cream help the cake stay extra moist, and the cinnamon streusel gives it a little extra crunch and texture that makes this pumpkin recipe irresistible.
Pumpkin muffins are a classic fall favorite that can be enjoyed almost any time of day—as a breakfast treat, an afternoon snack or even a late night dessert. Soft and springy, this traditional pumpkin recipe is perfect on its own, but it would also be delicious with a spreading of cream cheese frosting or brown sugar and oat streusel on top.
This homemade pumpkin bread recipe checks all the boxes: moist, delicate and bursting with warm, seasonal flavors. It’s also one of our favorite recipes because it fills your home with the sweet, cozy smells of autumn. For a little extra charm and decorative flair, try baking it in a designed loaf pan and dusting it with powdered sugar to finish.
Main Course and Side Pumpkin Recipes
Bright flavors like chilies, fresh ginger and a bit of lemon juice round out the richness of the pumpkin and coconut milk in this recipe. Serve alongside warm naan or a classic bread like a French Baguette to make this dish a little more filling, or top with cilantro, chopped peanuts and sour cream to kick the flavor up a notch.
Ravioli is delicious on its own, but it’s also extremely versatile, lending itself well to seasonal ingredients and taking on the flavor of whatever is stuffed inside of it. Pumpkin is no exception and pairs perfectly with the savory brown butter and earthy sage. While making ravioli at home can be a labor of love, the end result is always worth it: it’s soul-soothing, decadent and the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
Baby pumpkins can be used for more than just decorations—they’re completely edible and are great vessels for all your favorite fall dishes, from soups to casseroles! We love them stuffed with an autumn wild rice blend, complete with root vegetables, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, woody spices, walnuts and sweet cranberries. All you need is a Dutch oven or braiser to roast these pumpkins until they’re slightly soft to the touch and golden brown around the edges.
Dessert Pumpkin Recipes
Fragrant fall spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice shine through in this popular pumpkin recipe. With a rich, smooth and creamy filling plus a flaky crust (and don’t forget the decorative cutouts to add a seasonal touch), this fall classic is the perfect ending to a delicious meal or holiday feast.
This elegant and detailed cake is sure to impress in both aesthetic and taste. After spooning sweet pumpkin batter into the Bundt pan, a bit of cocoa batter is gently swirled in to create a marbled cake that’s ultra-moist and decadent. Top with a simple chocolate or vanilla glaze or pair with a hot drink, like a nutty Hazelnut Hot Chocolate, for a late night treat.
For a lighter pumpkin recipe, look no further than this cool, creamy pumpkin mousse! The airy and fluffy texture makes this a great option if you’re wanting something a little less heavy than a traditional pumpkin cheesecake or pumpkin pie recipe. Top with a dusting of cocoa powder, graham crackers or gingersnap cookie crumbles for the final touch.