17 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall (Yes, It's Time)

17 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall (Yes, It's Time)

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Tomorrow is the first day of fall, and we say bring it on. Of course we'll miss summer, but fall brings back some of our favorite flavors — we're talking about pumpkin.

Yes, it is officially pumpkin season, and it's good for more than just your morning latte. Here are 17 of our favorite savory recipes to make with the ultimate fall gourd.

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1. Savory Stuffed Pumpkin with Sausage and Gruyère

Need an impressive main course for a fall dinner party? Look no further than this stuffed pumpkin. If you want to make individual servings, you can always serve portions in smaller squashes as well.

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2. Pork, Poblano, and Pumpkin Stew

Thanks to the quick cooking time of the pork tenderloin in this recipe, it's totally doable for a weeknight meal. And it will really bring in fall with all the warming spices, like cumin, coriander, and cinnamon, that are mixed in.

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3. Creamy One-Pot Pumpkin Pasta

The rich, gooey pumpkin sauce on this pasta dish makes it the ultimate seasonal comfort food. Think of it like a grown-up version of your favorite mac and cheese — just don't skimp on the cracked pepper or the fresh sage.

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4. Miso Pumpkin Soup

You might not have thought to combine miso paste and pumpkin before, but once you try this soup, you'll be a convert. It's actually made with kabocha, which is also known as a Japanese pumpkin. If you have trouble finding a kabocha, you can always use a butternut squash.

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5. Roasted Red Kuri Pumpkin & Coconut Soup

While the red kuri pumpkin is definitely the star of this soup, the curried spice flavor that runs through it only enhances the overall dish. With just a hint of lime and a fried shallot garnish, this warming meal combines a lot of flavors that you might not put together at first glance.

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6. Pumpkin & Ricotta Pasta Casserole

One of the best things about this gooey pasta dish is that it only requires about 10 minutes of hands-on time. Mix the uncooked pasta, pumpkin purée, and ricotta with a few other ingredients and then bake it all together — dinner is done.

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7. Korean Pumpkin Porridge with Rice Dumplings

This dish, also known as hobakjuk, is actually more like a pudding than a soup or porridge, so you'll definitely want to serve it as a side dish.

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8. Pumpkin Quesadillas with Lime-Jalapeño Yogurt

Whether you make this with fresh pumpkin or with a canned purée (not pumpkin pie filling!), it's guaranteed to be delicious. The spicy yogurt dressing gives the otherwise sweet-tasting squash a bit of a kick.

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9. Pumpkin Chili

Adding chunks of pumpkin to your favorite chili recipe is a no brainer. The squash adds a bit of sweetness to the spicy stew. Try this vegetarian version or simply add pumpkin to your favorite version.

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10. Pumpkin Soup with Bacon

Sometimes it's best to stick to the basics, which in this case means a simple pumpkin soup topped with crispy bacon crumbles. Just be sure to serve it with plenty of fresh bread for dipping.

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11. Chicken Tamales with Pumpkin Mole

Yes, tamales might be a little time-consuming to make, but the good news is that the pumpkin mole works just as well on your favorite enchiladas or quesadillas as well.

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12. Pumpkin Ravioli in a Parmesan Fondue with a Red Wine Reduction

Ready to get fancy? This delicious meal is inspired by an Italian restaurant in New York City. If you want to make it a little easier, simply make the ravioli and then serve it in a brown butter and sage sauce.

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13. How To Roast Pumpkin or Squash Seeds

Once you've cleaned out that pumpkin, don't toss the seeds. Instead you can roast them for an easy and wholesome snack.

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14. Baked Pumpkin Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Pumpkin can be enjoyed for every meal of the day — even breakfast. Case in point? This rich baked oatmeal with pumpkin purée mixed in. Thank goodness it makes a big batch.

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15. Cran-Walnut Pumpkin Toasting Bread

Up your toast game with this cranberry- and walnut-studded pumpkin bread. It gets bonus points for being a no-knead recipe, too.

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16. Pumpkin Tortilla Soup

This creamy soup is actually vegan; it gets its smooth texture from the pumpkin purée that's mixed in. It's the perfect backdrop for crispy corn tortillas and big chunks of avocado.

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17. Clean-out-the-Pantry Pumpkin, Peanut & Ginger Soup

When you're at a loss for what to make for dinner and your cupboard seems bare, we bet you can still whip up this savory soup. The crunchy peanut bits add some texture, and the ginger gives it a nice kick.

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