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12 Contest-Winning Pumpkin Recipes

When we called for creative pumpkin recipes that go way beyond pie, we went out of our gourds with the delicious crop of entries. These 12 creative home cooks squashed the competition.

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Chicken With Pumpkin Alfredo Exps Tohon20 245487 B06 04 3b 4

Grand-Prize Winner: Chicken With Pumpkin Alfredo

I love pumpkin and my kids love pasta, so this pumpkin Alfredo recipe is a match made in heaven for us. Plus, it's an extra way to get some veggies into their diet. Use dairy-free or gluten-free ingredients if needed. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
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Pumpkin And Chicken Sausage Hash  Exps Tohon20 246786 B06 04 2b 4

First Place: Pumpkin & Chicken Sausage Hash

This can be served as a side or as the main dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I like to serve it topped with poached or fried eggs for breakfast. —Valerie Donn, Williamsburg, Michigan
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Pumpkin Clam Chowder  Exps Tohso20 249237 B06 04 6b 2

Second Place: Pumpkin Clam Chowder

When autumn arrives, I'm eager to celebrate with warm and cozy comfort food like this pumpkin clam chowder. Use fresh clams if they are available. —Renee Murby, Johnston, Rhode Island
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Ganache Topped Pumpkin Tart Exps Tohon20 247097 B06 04 1b 2

Third Place: Ganache-Topped Pumpkin Tart

I love the flavor combination of spiced pumpkin and chocolate, which inspired me to create this chocolate pumpkin tart. Sometimes I like to sprinkle chopped crystallized ginger over the chocolate ganache for extra flavor and texture. —Bernice Janowski, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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Healthy Chipotle Chicken Pumpkin Pizza  Exps Tohon20 246665 B06 04 5b 12

Runner-Up: Chipotle Pumpkin Chicken Pizza

Think pizza and pumpkin can’t go together? This chicken pumpkin pizza will change your mind. The sweetness of the pumpkin paired with the spice of the chipotle peppers makes for a delicious, balanced sauce. I love that this recipe incorporates healthy ingredients in a fun, family-friendly way. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
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Pumpkin Gnocchi  Exps Tohon20 246237 B06 04 4b 9

Runner-Up: Pumpkin Gnocchi

We had homemade gnocchi frequently while growing up. This creamy pumpkin gnocchi recipe was always my favorite. They do require some time to make, but they're worth it! —Shawn Barto, Winter Garden, Florida
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Runner-Up: Pumpkin Queso

I like serving this pumpkin queso with veggie chips like sweet potato or kale, but it's also great with good old tortilla chips. It can be made with vegetable stock and gluten-free flour if you have dietary restrictions. —Darla Andrews, Schertz, Texas
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Pumpkin Rugelach With Cream Cheese Icing Exps Tohon20 247376 B06 05 7b 9

Runner-Up: Pumpkin Rugelach with Cream Cheese Icing

This pumpkin rugelach recipe with a rich cream cheese icing is my twist on this classic pastry. The dough can be made ahead and refrigerated, which makes the recipe ideal for the busy holiday season. —Justine Duffy, Wooster, Ohio
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Roasted Pumpkin Lasagna Exps Tohon20 246937 B06 05 5b 1

Runner-Up: Roasted Pumpkin Lasagna

This is a hearty meatless meal that my family enjoys. If you're not a fan of pumpkin, you can use butternut squash instead. —Wendy Masters, East Garafraxa, Ontario
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Slow Cooked Pumpkin Apple Cobbler Exps Tohon20 246956 B06 05 6b 9

Runner-Up: Slow-Cooked Pumpkin Apple Cobbler

This spiced pumpkin apple cobbler recipe is sure to please all of your holiday guests. It's perfect for fall, but can be made year-round since it uses fresh or frozen cranberries. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
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Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Bread Exps Tohon20 246376 B06 05 1b 14

Runner-Up: Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Bread

This luscious pumpkin bread with maple syrup glaze is well worth the occasional splurge. When we first discovered how fantastic it is, I made four loaves on three separate occasions in just over a week! —Jaleen Burkholder, Waterloo, New York
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Upside Down Pumpkin Pecan Tarts Exps Tohon20 249309 B06 05 3b 7

Runner-Up: Upside-Down Pumpkin Pecan Tarts

These flaky phyllo treats with a rich pumpkin filling are a fantastic twist on pumpkin pie and can be prepared a day ahead. —Darlene Buerger, Peoria, Arizona

Rachel Seis
As senior editor for Taste of Home magazine, Rachel has her hand in everything you see from cover to cover, from writing and editing articles to taste-testing recipes to ensuring every issue is packed with fun and fabulous content. She'll roll up her sleeves to try any new recipe in the kitchen—from spicy Thai dishes (her favorite!) to classic Southern comfort food (OK...also her favorite). When she's not busy thinking of her next meal, Rachel can be found practicing yoga, going for a run, exploring National Parks and traveling to new-to-her cities across the country.
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