Our Best Pumpkin Recipes
Take pumpkin to another level with these recipes that readers gave our highest ranking.
Who says you can’t improve a good thing? You won’t miss anything in our Classic Pumpkin Pie but the extra calories. Online reviewer Danny comments, “This pie didn't disappoint. You can't really tell it's a light pumpkin pie. It's a perfect dessert.”
Perfect for a dinner party, this dish can be made in advance and refrigerated until you’re ready. Reviewer Kara suggests using rice paper wrappers. “They’re considerably larger [than wonton wrappers]. I can't tell you how much time this saves. It only takes me about 15 minutes to make this dish, which is one of the reasons I love it.”
Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg stand out in this fall-flavored treat. Reader lengle67 raves, “Absolutely wonderful . . . even better than full-fat ice cream recipes we've made in the past. We’ll be making this for Thanksgiving!”
This Italian classic reaches new heights with the addition of nutty Gruyére and sweet pumpkin. Not an experienced baker? Take comfort from the words of fellow novice terribly73: “This is the first time I have made a bread from scratch, and it turned out perfectly. It’s delicious plain with just a little butter. Perfect!”
Tired of pumpking pie every year? Shake things up and opt for this snazzy cake. Reviewer Rachel Elma reports, “Outstanding! Super moist, great flavor, and looks so pretty when done. This will be a holiday season regular for my home.”
Readers loved this bread and found it perfect for gift-giving or making ahead. (It keeps for two months in the freezer; wrap it in plastic wrap first.) "This is the most amazing bread ever," says hkristinr "I've made it countless times now and given it as gifts, especially to my pregnant friends, and they LOVE it. Well, EVERYONE loves it!!!"
Ginger and coconut add warm, flavorful accents to this fall classic. If you'd like a dollop of something creamy, top with fat-free whipped topping.
Vegetable shortening gives this piecrust—which we've deemed our best ever—a delicious, flaky texture. Be sure to read the nutrition labels and buy a brand with no trans fats though.
This much-loved recipe was the subject of a recipe makeover that earned rave reviews. With a few low-fat baking tricks, our healthy pumpkin bread recipe shaved 33 percent of the calories and more than half the fat from the original recipe.
The glaze on this mouthwatering cake is enough to make you want to lick your screen. Drain the canned pumpkin before making the cake batter to keep the cake's texture light.
Hearty pumpkin and creamy sweet potatoes steal the show in this cool-weather pilaf. It’s an ideal way to add fiber to your diet and a beautiful showcase for some underused winter vegetables.
The soup can be topped with a variety of things: We love Parmigiano-Reggiano and rosemary, but savory sprinkles like chopped smoked almonds or toasted pecans would be lovely. This tastes even better the next day...or the day after.
View Recipe: Creamy Pumpkin-Red Pepper Soup
Pair this seasonal dish with a quick fall salad: Combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon honey in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce, 1 sliced apple, and 2 tablespoons pumpkinseeds; toss.
View Recipe: Fettuccine with Pumpkin Sauce
The hearty crunch of pumpkinseed adds wonderful contrast and texture to this rich, creamy soup. And when paired with a slice of sourdough bread, it’s a complete, filling meal in just under 30 minutes.
View Recipe: Red Lentil-Pumpkin Soup
Ginger, cinnamon, and allspice make a welcomed appearance in these golden cakes, and whole-grain corn flour gives them a cakier texture and added fiber. Serve with warmed apples and fresh cream for a comforting morning meal.