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Our Best Fresh Pumpkin Recipes

From pumpkin pie to an indulgent plate of pumpkin ravioli, these fresh pumpkin recipes will make you forget all about those cans of pumpkin puree!

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Making 10 filling servings, this creamy pumpkin soup recipe by Jenn Tidwell of Fair Oaks, California, is not only great as a nourishing weeknight meal but even better as leftovers the next day! Don’t have any fresh pumpkin? You can use butternut squash.
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Sausage & Rice Stuffed Pumpkins

With only 30 minutes of prep time and the oven doing all the heavy lifting, this protein-rich fresh pumpkin recipe is ideal for dinner on a busy weeknight. Don’t forget to save the guts to make roast pumpkin seeds.

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Fresh Pumpkin Soup

Cooked on low for over eight hours, this fresh pumpkin soup recipe by Jane Shapton of Irvine, California, is creamy, tart and nothing short of comfort in a bowl. Finish the dish with a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg just before serving.

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Roasted Pumpkin Nachos

Replacing corn for roasted pumpkin turns these fully loaded nachos into the perfect fall appetizer. All out of pumpkin? Recipe creator Lesle Harwood of Douglassville, Pennsylvania, recommends making this fresh pumpkin recipe using butternut squash instead.

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Potato Pumpkin Mash

Elevate your mashed potatoes with pureed pumpkin this Thanksgiving! Not only does this easy fresh pumpkin recipe by Michelle Medley of Dallas, Texas, add a pop of color to the table, but swirling together mashed vegetables results in an Instagram-worthy dish.

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Buttermilk Pumpkin Waffles

Ready in 25 minutes, these buttermilk pumpkin waffles have to be one of the easiest fresh pumpkin recipes to make for breakfast. Whipped up too large a batch? Freeze waffles between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container and pop them in a toaster to reheat.

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Bring a little Thanksgiving flavor to your weeknight meal with this creamy pumpkin soup recipe by Helen Espinosa of Miami, Florida. As the fresh pumpkin and spices tenderize on the stove, roast the pumpkin seeds in the oven to use as a crunchy topping.
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Chicken with Sugar Pumpkins & Apricots

Ideal for large holiday gatherings, this hearty, Moroccan-inspired fresh pumpkin recipe lets the slow cooker take charge while you mingle with your guests. Can’t find sugar pumpkins? You can use one 5- to 6-lb. butternut squash instead.
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Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels Sprouts

This warm fall salad by Pam Correll of Brockport, Pennsylvania, is all about balance—soft, roasted bits of pumpkin pair exceptionally well with the crunchy, nutty flavor of the Brussels sprouts. A dash of balsamic vinegar adds sweetness and rounds out this unique recipe.

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Savory Pumpkin Ravioli

When it comes to indulgent fresh pumpkin recipes, nothing compares to this savory pumpkin ravioli from Christopher Presutti of Jacksonville, Florida. Planning ahead is key to successfully making the homemade pasta dough, delicious pumpkin filling and creamy sage sauce in time for dinner.
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Pumpkin Harvest Beef Stew

This hearty fresh pumpkin recipe by Marcia O’Neil of Cedar Crest, New Mexico, will have appetizing aromas wafting through your house as it slowly stews in the slow cooker. No pumpkin on hand? You can use sweet potatoes instead.

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Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Nothing says fall quite like pumpkin pie—especially when you use fresh pie pumpkins to make the filling! First time carving up a pumpkin for culinary purposes? Check out our step-by-step guide on how to make pumpkin puree.


Christabel Lobo
Christabel Lobo is a freelance writer, digital designer and illustrator. She specializes in writing and content marketing related to travel, food, lifestyle, art and wellness. Her writing has appeared in TripSavvy, October Magazine, Zagat Stories, Lonely Planet, AllRecipes,, Outrigger Hotels, The Hindu Business Line, Open Skies, Trivago, Fodor's, Barclays Travel, London's Evening Standard, Silkwinds,, HuffPost, and more. She was responsible for researching and updating the Kerala chapter of Fodor's Essential India 2019 guidebook. In addition to having completed her RYT 200 Hatha yoga teacher training, Christabel is also a mixed media designer focusing on web design, illustrations and surface pattern design.