Argentinian Grilled Plomo Squash
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There’s no ingredient more synonymous with fall than pumpkin. And while we may have witnessed the “basic”-ification of this late-season squash in recent years (we’re looking at you, pumpkin-spiced-everything), the actual vegetable is surprisingly versatile. Roasting or scorching the gourd directly over an open flame amplifies its earthiness.  Its starchy-sweet flesh makes pumpkin the go-to filling for everything from dumplings to desserts. Toasting the seeds makes for a comforting fireside snack. Even its thick skin is edible—becoming soft and tender in hearty soups, stews, and braises. In fact, they’re so easy to incorporate into seasonal fare, it’s no wonder that pumpkins are said to be one of the world’s oldest domesticated plants.

While pumpkins play well in a wide range of  savory dishes, when it comes to dessert, it’s their natural sweetness that positions them ahead of the market pack. When Thanksgiving rolls around, the holiday spread is incomplete without a classic pumpkin pie. Of course, we can’t begrudge the ingredient for its fine fit with warm baking spices, which make it the perfect addition to tarts, cheesecakes, quick breads, and even pancakes.

From savory curries to classic pies, here are our best pumpkin recipes to try this fall.

Roasted Rack Of Lamb with Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea Salad

Roasted Rack Of Lamb with Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea Salad
Farideh Sadeghin

The flavors of fall and winter are perfectly represented in this simple and elegant meal featuring hearty squash and tender lamb. Get the recipe >

Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings

Roasted Squash and Pork Dumplings
Matt Taylor-Gross

This delicate seasonal dumpling is stuffed with squash, spiced pork, ginger, and scallion. Get the recipe >

Pumpkin Spice Bars with Toasted Meringue

Pumpkin Spice Cake
Kat Craddock

Tender pumpkin spice cake, topped with a fluffy toasted meringue. Get the recipe >

Pumpkin Soup with Orange and Parmigiano-Reggiano

Pumpkin Soup with Orange and Parmigiano-Reggiano
Anders Schonnemann

Caramelized roasted pumpkin gets an unorthodox hit of flavor from orange zest and juice, stirred in just before serving to brighten this wintry soup. Get the recipe >

Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds

Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds
Ariana Lindquist

Crispy baked kale, sweet roasted squash, and peppery arugula and watercress are combined with pumpkin and pomegranate seeds in this colorful salad. Get the recipe >

Caribbean Winter Squash Soup

Caribbean Winter Squash Soup
Penny De Los Santos

Roast or sauté extra squash over the weekend (butternut or calabaza are perfect) to make quick weeknight work of this garlicky, spicy pumpkin soup. Get the recipe >

Fire-Roasted Pumpkin with Pecans, Honey, and Jalapeño Dressing

Argentinian Grilled Plomo Squash
Kevin Vaughn

Sweet, starchy squash gets the asado treatment in this smoky side dish. Get the recipe >

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Farideh Sadeghin

This autumnal dessert is a lighter and more refined version of plain old pumpkin pie, thanks to egg whites folded into the filling. Get the recipe >

Sweet and Spicy Kabocha Pie

Kabocha, Japanese pumpkin pie
Farideh Sadeghin

Kabocha, Japanese pumpkin, makes a lighter pie with a vivid orange color. This pie trades in usual expected flavors for a slightly spicy dose of ginger and black pepper. Get the recipe >

Easy Pumpkin Pie with Press-In Oat Crust

Easy Pumpkin Pie with Press-In Oat Crust
Thomas Payne

This easy pumpkin pie recipe boasts a rolling-pin-free pie crust, a bounty of warm spices, and can be prepared days in advance or the morning of Thanksgiving. Get the recipe >

Pumpkin Spoon Halva with Cardamom Syrup

Pumpkin Spoon Halva with Cardamom Syrup
Farideh Sadeghin

Just three ingredients—pumpkin, coconut milk, and salt—combine to make a simple spoon pudding, sweetened with cardamom-scented golden syrup and topped with crunchy pumpkin seeds. Get the recipe >

Pumpkin-Chickpea Curry

Pumpkin-Chickpea Curry

With warming notes of curry and cinnamon, this hearty pumpkin curry recipe is perfect for a chilly fall or winter evening. Get the recipe >

Shopsin’s Pumpkin Pancakes

Shopsin's Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe
Todd Coleman

Rich, fluffy pancakes loaded with pumpkin, warm spices, and sea salt deliver pumpkin pie for breakfast. Get the recipe >

Pumpkin Bread (Fein Tau Weiyema)

Pumpkin Bread (Fein Tau Weiyema)
Penny De Los Santos

A dense, pudding-like pumpkin bread makes a rich and satisfying dessert. Use leftover butternut, acorn, or pumpkin squash purée. Get the recipe >

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