Now that it’s October, pumpkins are officially making their way back into our food and drinks.
For the most part, when one thinks of using pumpkin in a recipe, a pumpkin spice latte or a pumpkin pie comes to mind. But pumpkin can be used for much more than that.
There are breads, soups, chilis, pastas and more that incorporate pumpkin. These off-the-beaten-path options make using pumpkin in recipes interesting and fun.
StrictlyDelicious.com features three recipes using pumpkin. The first is paleo pumpkin Bolognese. Pumpkin, in the form of pumpkin puree, is used as a substitute for tomatoes.
For anyone who makes traditional Bolognese, this recipe would be perfect to try something new. Find the recipe here.
The next recipe on the site is pumpkin soup with thyme, browned butter and parmesan. It’s thick and creamy, and not something you’ll usually find as a restaurant offering.
On Thanksgiving, maybe switch out the pumpkin pie dessert for a pumpkin soup appetizer. Find the recipe here.
The last recipe I found on this site also is one I never would have thought of. It’s crockpot chicken tikka masala. Again, pumpkin is used as a tomato substitute.
Chicken tikka masala is a traditional Indian dish. With pumpkin you can add your own spin on it and really give it a fall vibe. Find the recipe here.
Another recipe that captures the essence of fall is creamy white bean and turkey pumpkin chili. The pumpkin puree adds a sweet, creamy texture to the soup, while giving it a deeper color.
Chili is a cold-weather staple, and by adding pumpkin it’ll make a well-known dish different than you’ve ever had before. Find the recipe here.
One of the most interesting recipes incorporates a whole pumpkin. The recipe for roasted stuffed pumpkin includes a stuffing of bread crumbs, onions, celery, garlic, apples, Italian sausage, chicken stock, eggs and herbs.
It reminds me of stuffed peppers but on a much larger scale. Find the recipe here.
To add pumpkin to your breakfast treats, make maple pumpkin oatmeal breakfast bars. They’re gluten-free and relatively easy to make. You just mix the ingredients together, bake in a pan, and store in the fridge to enjoy throughout the week. Find the recipe here.
And finally, if you need a pumpkin dessert but want to serve something other than pie, you can make pumpkin cake with caramel cream cheese frosting. It’s full of cinnamon and pumpkin spice, and the frosting gives it a sweet, tangy taste. Fine the recipe here.
Whether you’re a pumpkin lover or you’re tired of hearing about pumpkins, these recipes will make for an interesting meal or treat.