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40 Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners and Desserts for the Pumpkin Obsessed

Here's the ultimate menu for the pumpkin lover.

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Breakfast: Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

Breakfast: Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

Recipes that don't tie me to the kitchen—that’s what I’m all about. I make this luscious dish the night before breakfast or brunch with guests. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

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Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie-Spiced GranolaTaste of Home

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Granola

My husband says this granola with pumpkin and spices tastes like a bite of real pumpkin pie, and it’s a whole lot quicker to make. —Sarah Ozimek, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Breakfast: Fluffy Pumpkin PancakesTaste of Home

Breakfast: Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

These pumpkin pancakes are also delicious served with butter or whipped topping and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Freeze any extras in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then store in a freezer bag. They're great fresh out of the toaster! —Mindy Bauknecht, Two Rivers, Wisconsin

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Breakfast: Pumpkin-Pecan Baked OatmealTaste of Home

Breakfast: Pumpkin-Pecan Baked Oatmeal

Here’s a yummy wintertime treat. My husband rarely eats in the morning, but when I make my baked oatmeal, he digs right in. —Alex Muehl, Austin, Texas

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Breakfast: Pumpkin Waffles with Orange Walnut ButterTaste of Home

Breakfast: Pumpkin Waffles with Orange Walnut Butter

This is so delicious! Bring a flourish to the breakfast table with these unique and flavorful waffle. —Brandi Davis, Pullman, Washington

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Breakfast: Pumpkin Cream of Wheat

Breakfast: Pumpkin Cream of Wheat

This autumn-inspired breakfast tastes like pumpkin pie—without the guilt! Double the recipe if you feel like sharing. —Amy Bashtovoi, Sidney, Nebraska

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Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice OatmealTaste of Home

Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

There's nothing like a bowl of warm oatmeal in the morning, and my spiced version works in a slow cooker. Store leftovers in the fridge. —Jordan Mason, Brookville, Pennsylvania

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Breakfast: Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip PancakesTaste of Home

Breakfast: Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Who can resist a sky-high stack of golden, fluffy pancakes? Pumpkin and chocolate chips take them over the top! —Libby Walp, Chicago, IL

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Breakfast: Savory Pumpkin QuicheTaste of Home

Breakfast: Savory Pumpkin Quiche

This quiche satisfies a seasonal craving I get for all things pumpkin. Fresh mushrooms add flavor, and I try different types like baby portobello and cremini mushrooms. —Rachel Garcia, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Breakfast: Hearty Sausage & Sweet PotatoesTaste of Home

Breakfast: Hearty Sausage & Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes with sausage and sage make a happy dish. I get a lot of recipe requests when I serve this hearty hash with apples and carrots. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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Lunch: Roasted-Pumpkin NachosTaste of Home

Lunch: Roasted-Pumpkin Nachos

I had previously made this dish with black beans and corn off the cob in the summer. Wanting to try it with fresh fall ingredients, I replaced the corn with roasted pumpkin—yum! It's also good with butternut squash. —Lesle Harwood, Douglassville, Pennsylvania

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Lunch: Pumpkin Apple SoupTaste of Home

Lunch: Pumpkin Apple Soup

I often make a butternut squash soup on the stove in the fall. This year, I had pumpkins from a local farm, but only enough time to make something in the slow cooker! The apples set the soup off perfectly. If using fresh pumpkin, be sure to puree it well to avoid stringy soup. —Rebecca Phillips, Fayetteville, North Carolina

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Lunch: Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash

Lunch: Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash

I wanted healthy alternatives to my family's favorite recipes. Pumpkin, cauliflower and thyme make an amazing dish. You'll never miss those plain old mashed potatoes. —Kari Wheaton, South Beloit, Illinois

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Lunch: Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels Sprouts

Lunch: Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels Sprouts

While traveling to Taiwan, I had the pleasure of trying a unique vegetable dish that included fresh pumpkin. It inspired me to roast pumpkin with Brussels sprouts. —Pam Correll, Brockport, Pennsylvania

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Lunch: Pumpkin with Walnuts and Blue CheeseTaste of Home

Lunch: Pumpkin with Walnuts and Blue Cheese

Don't hold off on serving pumpkin, thinking it can be only the finale to dinner. Bring it to the forefront with this unique and lovely side dish that will garner you lots of recipe requests. —Laurie Bock, Lynden, Washington

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Lunch: Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked GoudaTaste of Home

Lunch: Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Gouda

I love the smell of this rich, cheesy soup as it bubbles on the stove. The Gouda cheese adds a delightful smokiness that just says autumn to me.—Kerry Dingwall, Ponte Vedra, Florida

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Lunch: Scented Rice in Baked Pumpkin

This easy, delicious and healthy side is a showpiece that always delights. You can use grain, squash, fruits and nuts to suite your taste—it's impossible to go wrong! —Lynn Heisel, Jackson, Missouri

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Lunch: Great Pumpkin SandwichesTaste of Home

Lunch: Great Pumpkin Sandwiches

Visited by the Great Pumpkin? Your guests might think so when you serve this puffy layered tortilla sandwich fresh from the oven. It's seasoned with onion and garlic and loaded with melted cheddar cheese. A celery stick with leaves still attached makes it look like it was just picked from the pumpkin patch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Lunch: Lentil Pumpkin SoupTaste of Home

Lunch: Lentil Pumpkin Soup

Garlic and spices brighten up my hearty pumpkin soup. It’s just the thing we need on a chilly fall day. —Laura Magee, Houlton, Wisconsin

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Lunch: Pressure Cooker Curried Pumpkin RisottoTaste of Home

Lunch: Pressure Cooker Curried Pumpkin Risotto

This easy pumpkin risotto tastes like fall and gets a flavor boost from the curry. —Andrea Reaves, Stephens City, Virginia

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Dinner: Shredded Barbecue Chicken Over GritsTaste of Home

Dinner: Shredded Barbecue Chicken Over Grits

There’s nothing like juicy meat over steaming grits. And the pumpkin in these grits makes them taste like a spicy, comforting bowl of fall flavors. Your family will come running to the table for this one. —Erin Renouf Mylroie, Santa Clara, Utah

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Dinner: Chorizo Pumpkin PastaTaste of Home

Dinner: Chorizo Pumpkin Pasta

I’m a busy student, and this spicy-sweet pasta makes a perfect quick dinner. Even better, it works on a bigger scale to feed a bunch of friends. —Christine Yang, Syracuse, New York

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Dinner: Baked Pumpkin Goat Cheese Alfredo with BaconTaste of Home

Dinner: Baked Pumpkin Goat Cheese Alfredo with Bacon

This is a unique and delicious pasta, perfect for fall. I made this for my girlfriends, and everyone asked for the recipe! —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Dinner: Sausage-Stuffed PumpkinsTaste of Home

Dinner: Sausage-Stuffed Pumpkins

Baking a meal in a pumpkin—what a fun fall idea! To serve, cut the pumpkin into wedges, giving each person both pumpkin and stuffing. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Dinner: Pasta Squiggles with Pumpkin SauceTaste of Home

Dinner: Pasta Squiggles with Pumpkin Sauce

My family loves this spiral pasta in a tasty pumpkin sauce. Make it for Halloween and call it Creepy-Crawly Noodles! —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Dinner: Chicken with Sugar Pumpkins & ApricotsTaste of Home

Dinner: Chicken with Sugar Pumpkins & Apricots

When we have family gatherings, we give the slow cooker kitchen duty. This yummy chicken with pumpkin and apricots has the warm flavors of Morocco. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Dinner: Autumn Pumpkin ChiliTaste of Home

Dinner: Autumn Pumpkin Chili

We have this turkey pumpkin chili often because everyone loves it, even the most finicky grandchildren. It’s a definite keeper in my book! —Kimberly Nagy, Port Hadlock, Washington

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Dinner: Savory Zucchini Bread PuddingTaste of Home

Dinner: Savory Zucchini Bread Pudding

I've been serving this dish for years and always receive compliments on it. If you don't have day-old bread in your pantry, simply slice fresh bread and bake it at 300° for 10 minutes. —Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

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Dinner: Cheese & Pumpkin-Filled ManicottiTaste of Home

Dinner: Cheese & Pumpkin-Filled Manicotti

Our family adores autumn and anything to do with pumpkins! This warm, comforting recipe is so easy to put together on a cool fall weeknight. When I have time, I make homemade ravioli and tortellini using this same filling. It also works well in stuffed shells. —Mandy Howison, Renfrew, Pennsylvania

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Dinner: Pumpkin-Chorizo Bow TiesTaste of Home

Dinner: Pumpkin-Chorizo Bow Ties

Chicken sausage is such a convenient way to add flavor to healthy dishes. If your family doesn't like spicy food, skip the red pepper flakes and use a mild-flavored sausage. The pumpkin really stands out that way. —Sharon Ricci, Mendon, New York

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Dessert: Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry BarsTaste of Home

Dessert: Frosted Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

With tangy dried cranberries tucked inside and a creamy brown butter frosting, these mildly spiced pumpkin bars are doubly delightful. It's a good thing the recipe makes lots, because once you taste one, you won't be able to resist going back for more! -Barbara Nowakowski, Mesa, Arizona

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Dessert: Caramel Pumpkin TiramisuTaste of Home

Dessert: Caramel Pumpkin Tiramisu

I'm not fond of traditional tiramisu, so I used pumpkin and in place of coffee, bourbon, and it's absolutely fabulous. I always make extra sauce and eat it over vanilla ice cream. It's so good, I don't want to leave it alone! – Mary Filipiak, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Dessert: Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate SauceTaste of Home

Dessert: Pumpkin Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce

This old-fashioned treat is so warm and comforting on chilly evenings. Pumpkin gives it great seasonal appeal, and the white chocolate sauce makes it even more irresistible. —Shirley Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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Dessert: Favorite Pumpkin Cake RollTaste of Home

Dessert: Favorite Pumpkin Cake Roll

This pumpkin roll recipe is great to keep in the freezer for a quick dessert for my family or unexpected guests, to take to a gathering or to give as a yummy gift. The recipe is in such demand, I use a 29-ounce can of pumpkin to make four cake rolls at a time. —Erica Berchtold, Freeport, Illinois

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Dessert: Pumpkin Mousse TrifleTaste of Home

Dessert: Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

You can speed up this recipe by using a store-bought pound cake or baking and freezing one ahead of time. The sugared pecans can also be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container.—Becky McClaflin, Blanchard, Oklahoma

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Dessert: Pumpkin Pecan Frozen YogurtTaste of Home

Dessert: Pumpkin Pecan Frozen Yogurt

I always keep fat-free frozen yogurt on hand. By combining it with just four other ingredients, I can quickly whip up this great-tasting treat.—Anne Smithson, Cary, North Carolina

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Dessert: Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream SandwichesTaste of Home

Dessert: Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

My grandfather loves these pumpkin-flavored treats. They remind him of a cookie his mother made. They’re fun to eat no matter what your age. —Amber Wahl, Acampo, California

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Dessert: Gingersnap-Pumpkin DessertTaste of Home

Dessert: Gingersnap-Pumpkin Dessert

I've never quite gotten the hang of making a good pie crust. So I came up with this recipe, featuring a cake mix and cookie crust. The creamy pumpkin filling pairs well with the crunchy topping.

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Dessert: Traditional Pumpkin PieTaste of Home

Dessert: Traditional Pumpkin Pie

Usually I prepare two different desserts for our holiday dinner, but one of them must be pumpkin pie—otherwise, it just wouldn't seem like Thanksgiving. My version calls for more eggs than most, making this pie's pumpkin custard fillings especially rich-tasting. —Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin

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Dessert: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Dessert: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

My kids start begging me for these cakelike sandwich cookies as soon as autumn arrives. I haven't met a person yet who doesn't like these fun treats. —Deb Stuber, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.

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