From classic pie to a richly spiced vegetable curry, pumpkin is one of the ingredients we most look forward to cooking with every fall. Put it to good use with these ideas for pumpkin dishes both savory and sweet.
Light Mussel and Pumpkin Soup
Mussels and white wine draw out pumpkin’s light, elegant side. Use kabocha squash, Cinderella, or cheese pumpkins for best results.
Combined with cilantro and garlic over rice, sweet calabaza squash is an excellent counterpart to spicy Caribbean-style dishes.
Thanksgiving Twofer Pie
This Thanksgiving, indulge in a two-for-one pie that combines our two favorites, pumpkin and pecan (sorry, mincemeat), into one delicious combo.
Pumpkin Chips (Pumpkin Preserves)
“Chips” is a South Carolina Low-Country term for preserves; the word refers to the chunky nature of the confiture. Sugar, lemons, and pumpkin are combined for a pleasantly tart jam best enjoyed as a topping for ice cream or biscuits.
A celebration of autumnal flavors, Moroccan-style couscous marries the fruity sweetness of raisins, pumpkin, and carrots with rich lamb, seasoned with ginger, saffron, and turmeric.
Pumpkin Soup in a Pumpkin
Sweet pumpkin acquires a savory complexity in a creamy soup seasoned with sage, nutmeg, and bay leaves.
Pumpkin Ice Cream
Delightful on its own or scooped onto a slice of warm pie, this cool and delicious pumpkin ice cream gets added complexity from cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
Pumpkin Halvah (Assidat al-Boubar)
Like many traditional Emirati desserts, luscious pumpkin porridge (in Arabic it’s a halvah, or sweet food) straddles the line between sweet and savory. The dish thickens as it cools, so be sure to serve it while it’s still quite warm.
French Pumpkin Pie
A classic French pie demands none other than a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Pumpkin’s earthy sweetness is highlighted with honey, Italian almond cookies, and cinnamon for an indulgent filling, then packaged in delicate ravioli in a sage and brown butter sauce.
Libby’s Pumpkin Pie
Adapted from the “Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie” recipe printed on the back of Libby’s cans of pure pumpkin purée, this recipe is a testament to the enduring power of classic desserts.