Don’t let all of that jack-o-lantern goodness go to waste! Stock up on pulpy, vitamin-packed pumpkin, squash, and gourd innards and stick it to these six perfectly seasonal dishes for fall.
1. Crockpot Pumpkin Chili
Not only is it prime pumpkin season—it’s also prime season for warm, hearty crockpot cooking. And that’s why this classic chili, filled with black beans, kidney beans, peppers, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and spices will surely hit the cold spot. Add a can of pumpkin puree to give your chili a thick and hearty subtle sweetness.
2. Pumpkin Mousse Trifle
This sweet, pumpkin masterpiece takes the cake…and the pie, and the cookies, and the muffins! Really and truly, you will opt for this pumpkin mousse trifle over any other dessert option offered. It features layer upon layer of rich mousse, decadent pumpkin custard and fluffy whipped cream.
3. Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Never was there a more comforting bowl of soup! Fall demands the flavors of roasted pumpkin, sweet onions, and meaty shiitake mushrooms pureed into a sweet yet earthy soup. Inhale the fragrant flavors of garlic and nutty pumpkin. This soup is so creamy on it’s own, it doesn’t require the addition of cream or dairy.
4. Pumpkin Lovers’ Lasagna
If you’re a fan of pumpkin spiced lattes—no doubt you’d like to put the fall flavor in every dish—including this pumpkin-packed lasagna. The ideal pop-in-the-oven and heat dish for Halloween eve will have your ghosties and goblins screaming for seconds.
5. Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie
Vibrantly roasted orange pumpkin replaces classic mashed-potatoes in this English pub worthy Shepherd’s Pie casserole. Say yes to a night of this all-in-one dish pub grub—made with layers of fluffy pumpkin (or butternut squash), ground lamb, onion and garlic, carrots and mushrooms, cream and parsley to taste.
6. Pumpkin Creme Brulee
Savor the warm, comforting taste of pumpkin, vanilla, and brown sugar—you just have to crack the delicate caramelized crust of this “to die for” crème brûlée recipe first! It tastes just like pumpkin pie without the crust. Trust me; you won’t miss the crust for a second.
7. Pumpkin Alfredo
Make the perfect creamy pasta dish for autumn with – you guessed it – pumpkin!
8. One Bowl Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
Have some little ones who don’t like to eat their fruits and veggies? Hide the pumpkin in a loaf that looks like chocolate cake. It’s the perfect disguise!
9. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Streusel Muffins
I think we are calling these muffins because we want to ignore how unhealthy they are. So let’s just call them muffins filled with protein instead of icing.
10. Pumpkin Doughnuts
The best way to invite autumn in, is to eat a delicious pumpkin doughnut while you sip on your pumpkin spice latte.