Pumpkin Recipes don´t tend to get as much attention as they should. This majestic vegetable is usually relegated to making scary heads at Halloween, and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Yet there are hundreds of amazing and tasty pumpkin recipes to try all year round. When it´s out of season you can use the canned or frozen variety. So I´ve picked out some really scrumptious pumpkin recipes for you to try out.
1. Pumpkin Soup
For a winter lunch, you can´t go wrong with a lovely hearty soup. Pumpkin soup is such a gorgeous colour as well as warming you up. Like many recipes, it can easily be varied. The chicken stock can be substituted with a vegetable one. I would also try using a smaller quantity of garlic and adding some ground spices.
2. Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas
How about a yummy pumpkin curry to spice up your life? This Thai-style curry uses ingredients including lemongrass, cardamom and coconut milk. It´s a versatile dish that is ideal when catering for both vegetarians and meat-eaters; the former can eat it as a main dish, the latter to accompany a meat dish.
3. Pumpkin Ravioli
Whoever would have thought of using pumpkin to fill ravioli? Well, somebody did, and if you like making your own ravioli then have a go at this interesting recipe. In fact, even if you´ve never made pasta, why not try it out? If you´re really nervous, start with a simpler recipe, then once you feel more confident handling pasta dough come back to this recipe.
4. Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake
I would never have thought of using pumpkin to make cheesecake, but cooking is all about experimenting and trying something new. And if you can make pumpkin pie, then why not pumpkin cheesecake? This one uses prepared pastry cases and canned pumpkin puree – hence the ´easy´ part of the title! Always a good thing if you don´t fancy hacking a pumpkin open, or they´re out of season.
5. Pumpkin Bread
This lovely spicy pumpkin bread is perfect for a tasty afternoon snack. Imagine how gorgeous the combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves will smell wafting through your house! It would also be great packed in a lunchbox.
6. Pumpkin Sausage Sauce over Pasta
Here´s a hearty recipe that lends itself to all kinds of variations. The sausage meat is mixed up in the pumpkin sauce, but it would also work very well with cooked sausages (meat or vegetarian) chopped up and added to the sauce. A sauce with chopped sausages would also be tasty served with mashed potato.
7. Cazuela Gaucho
Finally, here´s a trip to a foreign kitchen. This Argentinian chicken stew contains lots of vegetables (and of course, the best thing about stews is cooking it all in one pot!). So why not try some foreign cuisine – pumpkin´s not just popular in the U.S!
There are so many delicious pumpkin recipes that it was hard to pick out just a handful, but try these to show that there are so many uses for it other than in the traditional pie. Experimenting might inspire you to invent your own pumpkin recipes. And don´t forget to save the seeds if you cut up a whole pumpkin! What do you think is the best pumpkin pie recipe?