Unexpected Ways to Use Pumpkin

One of the things I love about fall is pumpkin – especially pumpkin pie and pumpkin bars. Today, however, I want to challenge you to think beyond these old favorites and try some unexpected ways to use pumpkin. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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One of the things I love about fall is pumpkin – especially pumpkin pie and pumpkin bars. Today, however, I want to challenge you to think beyond these old favorites and try some unexpected ways to use pumpkin. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

 

While pumpkin easily stars in sweet desserts, did you know that it can also play a leading role in savory dishes? Fall soups are a great way to make use of pumpkin. If you like Southwestern flavors, you’ll love this Spicy Pumpkin Soup. For fun, you can serve the soup in small, hollowed-out pumpkins. We’ll show you how in the blog, Cooking Pumpkin: Take the Pumpkin Challenge. As you’ll see, this soup recipe is really adaptable to your tastes – variations include Harvest Pumpkin Soup for more traditional flavor, Thai Pumpkin Soup if you like Asian flavors, or Pumpkin Curry Soup for a taste of India.

 

One of the Test Kitchen favorites is Pasta & Chicken in Pumpkin Cream Sauce. This recipe uses fresh garlic and sage, two flavors that pair well with pumpkin.

 

For a new twist on a classic, it’s hard to beat Pumpkin Seed Brittle with Sea Salt that substitutes roasted and salted pumpkin seeds for traditional peanuts. A sprinkle of sea salt on the top makes it irresistible.

 

And if you’re hosting a Halloween party, here are two recipes that will fly off the table. Creamy Pumpkin Dip is an easy dip that is a hit with kids and adults – use “dippers” like gingersnaps, graham crackers or sliced apples.

 

Lastly, this Pecan Pumpkin Pie Fudge is a creamy, classic-style fudge. Make two batches – one to serve and one for making up small packages as surprise take-home gifts for your Halloween party guests. How fun is that?

Let us know what you think of these unexpected ways to use pumpkin this fall!

 

 

Ready to make the recipe? Let’s get started making Spicy Pumpkin Soup!

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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