10 Pumpkin Recipes That Are Not Pie

Pumpkin Curry Soup

Pumpkin’s not a flavor that comes up much in my recipe repertoire, but when it does, I sure do like it. Love me some pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. Also, some healthy (and really tasty) mini pumpkin muffins from “The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great.” (They’re small and healthy – so I can eat a lot of them, right?)

If you like pumpkin, but don’t want to make pie all the time, here’s one recipe and links to 9 others to help you scratch that pumpkin itch.

1. Pumpkin Curry Soup

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup (1 small) chopped onion
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1 can (15 ounces) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in curry powder, salt and pepper; cook 1 minute.

Add broth and pumpkin; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk. Transfer mixture to food processor or blender (in batches, if necessary); cover. Blend until smooth. Serve warm.

Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

2.Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting – These beautiful cupcakes have a nice ginger zing to them – and a secret ingredient that might surprise you.

3. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Doughnuts – Mmmm, doughnuts…

4. Pumpkin Gingerbread – Elise, over at Simply Recipes, describes this as “spicy, molasses-y, pumpkin-y.” Sounds yummy!

5. Nutty Pumpkin Spice Granola- Homemade granola is great on yogurt, in trail mix, or just as a snack on its own. And it’s pretty easy to make, too.

Nutty Pumpkin Spice Granola

6. Spiced Pumpkin Fudge – White chocolate, marshmallow cream and pumpkin turn traditional fudge on its ear. This would make a great hostess gift, or a unique addition to a cookie exchange.

7. Pumpkin Spice Latte – Save some money and make your own special pick-me-up.

Pan-Fried Pumpkin Gnocchi

8. Pan-Fried Pumpkin Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage – Lest you think pumpkin is only good in sweet things, check out these savory gnocchi. Great photos and easy instructions walk you through the whole process.

9. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins – Pumpkin and chocolate? I’m there, baby. There’s a video to show you how it’s done, too.

10. Pumpkin Potato Puree – I’ll let Gourmet describe this to you: “This side dish of silky mashed potatoes sweetened with pumpkin, seasoned with fresh sage, and laced with melty strands of Fontina cheese is full of favorite autumnal flavors.” Silky. Melty. Oh, yeah.

Here’s a handy FYI – apparently, canned pumpkin now comes in 15-ounce cans instead of 16. But, according to cooking wizard Pam Anderson, that shouldn’t make any difference to your recipes.

There you go – plenty of ways to play with pumpkin. Let me know what you think of these recipes!

Dawn Mundy

I write food and lifestyle articles for Family Features by day. I wish I could say I was a superhero by night, but alas, that is not so. I’m a mom who loves cooking, gardening, music and books. See what I’m cooking at home at www.snarkalicious-dawn.blogspot.com.

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