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53 Amazing Pumpkin Recipes to Make All Fall Long

Pumpkins are synonymous with fall, and as soon as the air turns crisp, all we want to do is indulge in orange foods. Good news: The gourd is as versatile as it is popular, and whether you’re hosting an autumnal dinner party or planning a cozy baking sesh, there’s a pumpkin-laced dish with your name on it. From hearty dinners (like turkey pumpkin chili) to indulgent desserts (pumpkin cheesecake, anyone?), here are the 53 best pumpkin recipes using the season’s star produce.

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best pumpkin recipes whole roasted pumpkin stuffed with wild mushrooms and gruyere recipe
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1. Whole Roasted Pumpkin Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Gruyère

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

If you’re not eating straight out of a gourd at least once during the season, is it really fall? This one features a luxurious mix of mushrooms and cheese.

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2. Pumpkin Soup in Mini Pumpkin Bowls

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, vegetarian

Kick off soup season in the cutest way possible. Don’t toss those pumpkin seeds; they make a delicious crunchy topping.

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Photo: Matt Dutile/Styling: Erin McDowell

3. Creamy Pumpkin Eton Mess

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, gluten free

It’s like eating a bite of pumpkin pie laden with whipped cream, but with meringue instead of pie crust. In a word, yum.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Serve these portable pies for Thanksgiving dessert, then enjoy the leftovers at breakfast the next morning.

best pumpkin recipes roasted pumpkin and brussels sprouts with poached eggs recipe
Cook Beautiful

5. Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels Sprouts with Poached Eggs

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, gluten free, high protein, <500 calories

Behold, the healthy-yet-satisfying fall dinner you’ve been dreaming of. It’s as easy to make as tossing everything on a sheet pan.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

6. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

This pumpkin quick bread just so happens to have a swirly cream-cheese filling and cinnamon streusel on top. Serve it for dessert or breakfast—we won’t judge.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

7. Pumpkin Pizza Crust with Arugula and Prosciutto

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, special occasion–worthy, low sugar

Move over, plain pizza crust. There’s a new dough in town (and it happens to be the tastiest way to use up a can of pumpkin).

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin spice pecan rolls recipe
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8. Pumpkin Spice Pecan Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

Bonus points if you make your own pumpkin spice mix for this decadent breakfast.

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin angel food cake with cream cheese glaze recipe
Photo: Matt Dutile/Styling: Erin McDowell

9. Pumpkin Angel Food Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, <500 calories

It tastes like a pumpkin cloud, and it’s good enough to replace your usual holiday pumpkin pie.

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin brioche recipe
Photo: Christine Han/Styling: Erin McDowell

10. Pumpkin Brioche

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

Introducing the be-all, end-all autumnal carb. The crunchy sugar garnish makes it fit for breakfast (or dessert), but since the bread is only lightly sweet, you could also skip the topping and serve it at your Thanksgiving spread.

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin cheesecake cookies
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11. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

If pie is too much work and gingersnaps are old news, these pumpkin cheesecake cookies are the best of both worlds. They’re fab for holiday parties or just snacking after dinner.

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12. Pumpkin Polenta

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, gluten free, <10 ingredients

This gluten-free recipe is rich, creamy and everything we ever wanted in a Thanksgiving side dish.

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin spice icebox cake
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

13. Pumpkin Spice Icebox Cake

  • Time Commitment: 12 hours, 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, no cook, crowd-pleaser

No baking is necessary for this nostalgic pumpkin dessert. The cookies and filling meld as it chills, so it’s actually better when you make it ahead.

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin flatbread with gruyere and crisp sage recipe
The Bojon Gourmet

14. Pumpkin Flatbread with Gruyère and Crispy Sage

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, gluten free

Oooh, did someone say fancy pizza dinner? We’re suckers for the combination of winter squash and sage.

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Spend With Pennies

15. Pumpkin Zucchini Bread

  • Time Commitment: 48 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <500 calories

This quick bread is full of warm fall spices and bakes up supremely moist, thanks to all those veggies.

best pumpkin recipes ricotta with roasted pumpkin recipe
I Am a Food Blog

16. Whipped Ricotta with Roasted Pumpkin

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

We found the ultimate pre-dinner autumnal snack. Serve it at your next cocktail party and watch it disappear.

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Damn Delicious

17. Pumpkin Pecan Baked Brie

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

The most delicious way to warm up on a cool fall night? With this cheesy pumpkin appetizer.

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin pie with cinnamon roll crust recipe
Erin McDowell

18. Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Roll Crust

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

This is what happens when pumpkin meets our other favorite fall flavor, cinnamon. The crust looks impressive but is surprisingly easy to pull off (it starts with store-bought).

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin fettuccine alfredo recipe
Cookie and Kate

19. Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, vegetarian

Swap the usual butter and Parmesan with pumpkin and goat cheese, and the result is this creamy twist on a classic pasta dish.

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Oh, Sweet Basil

20. The Softest Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 6 hours, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

You’re going to need something carb-y to sop up all that soup. Pro move: Make them ahead of time and refrigerate overnight, so the rolls are hot and fresh when dinner comes around.

best pumpkin recipes turkey pumpkin chili recipe
The Modern Proper

21. Turkey Pumpkin Chili

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pot, gluten free, dairy free

Make a batch of this spicy, fall-inspired chili, then serve it on Halloween night post–trick-or-treat. Use canned pumpkin to eliminate a few steps.

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Cookie and Kate

22. Pumpkin Pancakes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, vegetarian, ready in <30 minutes

A stack of these and a hot cup of coffee are our ideal Saturday morning plans. Bonus, they’re made with whole wheat flour for #health.

best pumpkin recipes cheesy pumpkin parmesan french breads recipe
How Sweet Eats

23. Cheesy Parmesan Pumpkin French Breads

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Imagine: Garlic bread combined with grilled cheese, all smothered in pumpkin. Depending on how small you slice it, it works as an appetizer or main.

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Oh My Veggies

24. Pumpkin, Mushroom and Spinach Tater Tot Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, <500 calories, vegetarian

Forget mashed potatoes; this Midwestern casserole is the side dish every Thanksgiving table needs. If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, just cook the base on the stove and transfer everything to a baking dish.

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Minimalist Baker

25. Pumpkin Pie Parfaits

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, make ahead, vegan, gluten free

They’re vegan and gluten free, and everyone gets their own. Who even needs crust? (Psst: Use store-bought pumpkin butter for a shortcut.)

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Gimme Some Oven

26. Savory Pumpkin Dip

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <15 minutes, no cook

Make this no-cook appetizer on Halloween, Thanksgiving and every day in between.

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Pinch of Yum

27. Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Pasta Bake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <500 calories

Once the weather gets chilly, our dinnertime mantra becomes “the cheesier, the better.” To make this vegetarian, you could just leave out the chicken and bacon.

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Damn Delicious

28. Pumpkin Stuffed Shells

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, ccrowd-pleaser

Next-level comfort food, right this way. These squash-stuffed shells are freezer friendly, so you might want to make a double batch.

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Spoon Fork Bacon

29. Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

It’s almost too pretty to eat, but then you set out crudités and we can’t help ourself. While this recipe calls for roasting and pureeing a sugar pumpkin, you can go the semi-homemade route with canned puree.

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The Modern Proper

30. Slow Cooker Chicken Pumpkin Curry

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours
  • Why We Love It: slow cooker recipe, <500 calories, dairy free, gluten free

Let your slow cooker do the hard work on this sneakily dairy-free number while you cozy up with a spooky Netflix show.

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Pinch of Yum

31. Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients

This pillowy pasta is buttery, rich and comforting—basically, everything we love about fall foods. Make it for date night…or don’t share; the choice is yours.

best pumpkin recipes easy 30 minute stovetop pumpkin mac and cheese recipe
Averie Cooks

32. Easy 30-Minute Stovetop Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, beginner-friendly

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, this 30-minute dinner showed up in our kitchen. The pumpkin flavor is just enough to taste autumnal, without being overwhelming.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

33. Pumpkin Spice Truffles

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

Chocolate lovers, we’ve found your new favorite fall dessert. These bites are a great make-ahead treat for dinner parties and holiday gifting alike.

best pumpkin recipes nutella stuffed pumpkin french toast recipe
I Am a Food Blog

34. Nutella Stuffed Pumpkin French Toast

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, <10 ingredients

Sunday brunch has never tasted better, and luckily, this recipe isn’t much more difficult than making a piece of toast. Pass the maple syrup, please.

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Half Baked Harvest

35. Pumpkin Beer Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <500 calories, crowd-pleaser

This one warms you through and through. (It calls for pumpkin-flavored beer, but you can use another ale if that’s what you have.)

best pumpkin recipes roasted pumpkin and sage grilled cheese recipe
I Am a Food Blog

36. Roasted Pumpkin and Sage Grilled Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <15 minutes, vegetarian, <10 ingredients

The fried egg is optional, but highly recommended. Feel free to make these for lunch every day of the week.

best pumpkin recipes cider pumpkin waffles with salted maple butter recipe
Half Baked Harvest

37. Cider Pumpkin Waffles with Salted Maple Butter

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, vegetarian

Crisp fall mornings were made for these light and airy waffles…but we’d also make them for brinner, just saying.

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Sally's Baking Addiction

38. Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

You don’t need a deep fryer to make fluffy, spiced doughnuts at home. Don’t even get us started on that brown sugar icing.

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin risotto with seared scallops recipe
Spoon Fork Bacon

39. Pumpkin Risotto with Seared Scallops

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 8 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, gluten free

The savory risotto and caramelized scallops are the obvious stars, but don’t overlook the candied pancetta garnish.

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What's Gaby Cooking

40. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

A cookie, a brownie and a pumpkin pie walk into a bar. (Heh.) Jokes aside, these bars make an excellent hosting gift or party treat. Feel free to play around with different mix-ins, substituting half the chocolate chips for, say, M&M’s or chopped nuts.

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So Much Food

41. Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Bars

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

Remember when salted caramel was the biggest thing in desserts? Yeah, let’s go back to that.

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Minimalist Baker

42. Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 57 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, vegetarian, gluten free

It turns out pumpkin puree makes a mighty fine substitute for eggs and milk, holding this cookie dough together and keeping it soft.

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Pinch of Yum

43. Pumpkin Rigatoni with Rosemary Walnut Crispies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian

The contrast between the silky sauce and those walnut crispies is everything. Rosemary, black pepper and brown sugar are the key ingredients to giving the topping its sweet-yet-savory flavor.

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust recipe
Plays Well with Butter

44. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

  • Time Commitment: 12 hours
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

For those who think pumpkin pie isn’t quite rich enough, there’s this decadent dessert. To save some time, you can use store-bought gingersnap cookies for the crust.

best pumpkin recipes spicy black bean chicken enchiladas with pumpkin sour cream sauce recipe
Ambitious Kitchen

45. Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian

When you’re craving comfort food but also want to keep things healthy, make this protein-packed (and vegetarian!) dinner.

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How Sweet Eats

46. Pumpkin Pierogi with Brown Butter and Crispy Sage

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, make ahead

Are they authentically Polish? Nope, but you had us at brown butter. Do your future self a favor and freeze a batch for lightning-fast meals.

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RecipeTin Eats

47. Roast Pumpkin, Spinach and Feta Salad

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, gluten free, vegetarian

Fall salads are totally a thing. (You know, when you’re not enjoying all the cozy carbs and cheese.) This one can be served warm or at room temperature.

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Healthy Nibbles and Bits

48. 10-Minute Spicy Pumpkin Curry Chowder in a Mug

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <15 minutes, vegan, gluten free

No one will believe you made their dinner in the microwave.

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All the Healthy Things

49. Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, <500 calories

They’re made with oat flour and Greek yogurt, although you wouldn’t know it at first bite.

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Spoon Fork Bacon

50. Vegan Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pumpkin and Green Onion Alfredo

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, dairy free, <10 ingredients

Wait, this is vegan? You had us fooled. (Pumpkin is talented like that.) Just be sure to budget in time to soak the cashews for an hour before you get cooking.

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Katherine Gillen

51. No-Cook Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu

  • Time Commitment: 6 hours, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

This pumpkin spice tiramisu is creamy, just sweet enough and laced with fall baking spices, plus it requires no fussing with a cooked custard. (Read: It’s kinda foolproof.)

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting recipe
Katherine Gillen

52. Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Like spaghetti and meatballs or grilled cheese and tomato soup, pumpkin and cream cheese are a match made in heaven. Even better, these soft cookies take half an hour, start to finish.

best pumpkin recipes pumpkin black and white cookies recipe
Katherine Gillen

53. Pumpkin Black and White Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

Want to know a secret? The base of these cookies is the same as our cream cheese frosted batch (see no. 52), which means there’s no stand mixer involved and they’re impossibly easy to make.