- Recipes to put a smile on your face
- Pumpkin fries
- Indian-spiced pumpkin
- Spiced pumpkin butter
- Sri Lankan pumpkin curry
- Pumpkin cannelloni
- Extra mature Cheddar, kale, red onion, pumpkin and quinoa winter salad
- Pumpkin ginger cake
- Pumpkin, ricotta and caramelised onion tart
- Pumpkin risotto
- Pumpkin smoothie
- Spiced pumpkin cupcakes
- Pumpkin and butter bean broth
- Warm bean and pumpkin salad
- Squash and harissa dip
- Apricot, chia and pumpkin seed muffins
- Mini pumpkin and ricotta tarts with spiced honey
- Pumpkin marmalade
- Roast pumpkin soup with blue cheese
- Spiced pumpkin, olive oil and orange cake
- Pumpkin pie
- Bonfire chilli with beef, chocolate and pumpkin
Recipes to put a smile on your face
Autumn heralds the arrival of a much-loved ingredient: the pumpkin. Here we’ve rounded up some of the tastiest pumpkin recipes, whether you’re using up a glut of gourds from the garden or wondering what to do with leftovers after you’ve carved your Halloween lantern.
Pumpkin fries might not get as crispy as their potato equivalent, but they’re incredibly easy to make. Just peel the skin from the pumpkin and cut the flesh into slim chunks before baking in a hot oven or deep-frying.
A deliciously spicy dish, this pumpkin cooked with cracked coriander and cumin seeds in a spicy dry masala will warm the coldest of nights.
Spiced pumpkin butter
Spiced pumpkin butter is a treat with everything from pancakes to granola, and will keep in the fridge for roughly a week.
Sri Lankan pumpkin curry
This thick and creamy curry with tender chunks of pumpkin is enhanced by a burst of flavour from tempered onions, curry leaves and mustard seeds. It takes just over half an hour to cook.
Creamy and rich, this pumpkin cannelloni recipe is the ideal winter warmer. The lasagne sheets are filled with ricotta, pumpkin, thyme and chilli.
Extra mature Cheddar, kale, red onion, pumpkin and quinoa winter salad
Sometimes it’s hard to find a salad for those colder winter months, but this extra mature Cheddar, kale, red onion, pumpkin and quinoa winter salad from British chef Lee Westcott really hits the spot.
Pumpkin ginger cake
Why not pair a pumpkin spiced latte with a slice of pumpkin-flavoured ginger cake? This bake is easy to adapt. You could try adding a little fresh orange juice and zest, stir chocolate chips into the batter, or top with melted chocolate.
Pumpkin, ricotta and caramelised onion tart
This pizza dough tart uses a delicious partnership of roasted pumpkin, ricotta and caramelised onion. Serve for lunch with a salad, or for dinner with vegetables and new potatoes.
This pumpkin risotto is the perfect dish to make midweek. Serve with a scattering of roasted walnuts, shredded chicory and gorgonzola.
It might sound bizarre, but the sweetness of pumpkin works wonderfully well in a smoothie. Try blending pumpkin purée (stewed in water and then blitzed) with banana, Greek yoghurt, maple syrup and milk.
Spiced pumpkin cupcakes
The flavour of spiced pumpkin works perfectly with the light texture of cupcakes. Go all-out for Halloween and sprinkle with edible glitter!
Pumpkin and butter bean broth
This hearty, warming broth is a good alternative to thick autumn soups. Make it from pumpkin, carrots, celery, butter beans, courgettes and fresh thyme.
Warm bean and pumpkin salad
Think pumpkin is just for rich, heavy dishes? Think again. This warm mixed bean salad with pumpkin, cherry tomatoes and spices makes a great light meal – and you can make it in your slow cooker.
Squash and harissa dip
Looking for a dip with a twist? This recipe for squash and harissa dip works just as well with pumpkin. Top with plain yoghurt and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Apricot, chia and pumpkin seed muffins
These light and delicious apricot, chia and pumpkin seed muffins are a great way of turning the leftover seeds from your pumpkin into a delicious gluten-free snack.
Mini pumpkin and ricotta tarts with spiced honey
Tom Aikens’ mini pumpkin and ricotta tarts with spiced honey are our go-to seasonal canapé. The recipe sees honey infused with fresh ginger, star anise, cinnamon, cloves and juniper, but you can vary the spices according to your personal taste.
Oranges, lemons, fresh ginger and pumpkin come together for an original toast-topper: pumpkin marmalade. You can adjust the ingredients or add spices as you wish; pumpkin is particularly good for jams and marmalades as it absorbs sugar beautifully.
Roast pumpkin soup with blue cheese
You can make soup with fresh pumpkin, but the flavours will be even better if you roast it first. Follow this recipe for a soup that packs a punch, with blue cheese toast croutons.
Get the recipe for roast pumpkin soup with blue cheese here
Spiced pumpkin, olive oil and orange cake
This is a cake you can turn to when you need to lift your mood as, while it bakes, it fills the kitchen with the uplifting scent of sweet pumpkin and warming cinnamon, ginger and cloves. The cake is dense and supremely moist, using olive oil instead of butter for a wonderfully soft, tender crumb.
Pressed for time? You can cheat and use canned pumpkin and a shop-bought pie shell for this classic pumpkin pie recipe.
Bonfire chilli with beef, chocolate and pumpkin
This rich chilli is made with pieces of beef rather than minced (ground) beef, and with an added autumnal ingredient: pumpkin. Chocolate is also added to the mix for an authentic Mexican taste – it enhances the depth of flavour, and adds a silky richness. Serve with plain boiled rice, or in bowls with grated cheese and sour cream on top. Don’t forget the tortilla chips for dipping!