60 Canned Pumpkin Recipes That Are Incredibly Easy to Make
When it comes to holiday shortcuts, canned pumpkin is not only super convenient, it’s also a quality product that offers big bang for the buck.
With little more than the twist of a can opener, this gluten-free puree delivers a healthy dose of vitamin A (300 percent of the recommended daily dosage in just a half cup!) and 5 grams of dietary fiber, with zero grams of added sugar and half a gram of fat. (Find everything you need to know about the health benefits of eating pumpkin here).
It might make you wonder why you don’t incorporate canned pumpkin into dishes all year long. With more than 50 recipes ranging from savory to sweet (and even sippable!), we can just about guarantee you’ll be serving up canned pumpkin well beyond Thanksgiving. If you care to make your own pumpkin puree, learn how here.
A great recipe to turn to when you’ve got leftover canned pumpkin, these pumpkin puree muffins make a great grab-and-go breakfast or tea time snack. Spread a rich cream cheese frosting on top for a sweet after-dinner treat.
Maple Pumpkin Pie
Maple syrup brings an earthy, rich sweetness to a traditional pumpkin pie. The velvety texture—from a full can of pumpkin puree—works in tandem with the custardy accent of heavy cream and eggs.
The cute pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies can be turned into pilgrim hats or turkeys with a simple switch-up of cookie cutters for a festive plate of Thanksgiving pumpkin goodness—or use your favorite geometric shapes to make tasty pumpkin cookies any time of the year.
Creamy Pumpkin Casserole
This flavor-packed casserole is beautiful, but that’s not all. Made with canned pumpkin, spaghetti squash, and cubed pumpkin, it’s a pumpkin-lover’s paradise!
Spicy Pumpkin Leek Soup
This winning combo of pumpkin and leeks makes for a comforting weeknight meal that’s also worthy of serving at your next dinner party.
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
The combination of pumpkin puree, egg yolk, and butter in these tender, cinnamon-kissed cookies makes for a plate of serious yum.
Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Popsicles
Who says pumpkin puree is just for autumn? These irresistible pumpkin popsicles include a healthy dose of crunchy granola and a kiss of honey—perfect for summer mornings—or any time, really.
Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches
These dreamy cookie sandwiches can be whipped up a day or two ahead for easy party prep.
Crispy Pumpkin Ravioli
If you’re looking to up the ante with a gorgeous dinner for your loved one, the in-laws, or a few friends, these pretty homemade ravioli, filled with spiced pumpkin puree and topped with brown butter and sage, do the trick.
Pumpkin Tomato Basil Meatballs
One of the great things to discover about pumpkin puree is the wide range of possibilities that are on offer when you think outside the can. Case in point: these sumptuous pumpkin tomato basil meatballs.
Brown Butter Pumpkin Grits
You’ll find yourself looking to leave a little extra pumpkin puree in the can just so you can make these cheesy, warming grits (topped with a fried egg, please!).
Savory Pumpkin Pancakes
The kids (and, likely, anyone else in your household) will beg for a stack of these fluffy pumpkin flapjacks. Melt a pat of butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon, then drizzle with maple syrup and let the accolades roll in.
Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork and Pumpkin Chili with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
We love the range of flavors in this fun take on classic pulled pork, including canned pumpkin, chipotle pepper, smoky paprika, and pumpkin beer. What’s more, it’s a great one-pot and make-ahead meal.
Pumpkin Cookies With Chocolate
Rich with molasses, walnuts, and pumpkin puree, these chocolaty cookies are a Real Simple favorite!
This riff on a Brandy Alexander is a decadent after-dinner sipper. It’s also amazing with aged rum, spiced rum, or brandy.
Pumpkin Tortilla Soup
Fresh or canned pumpkin puree can be used to make this flavorful gluten-free soup. Stick to the vegetarian version, or add shredded leftover chicken or turkey for a heartier take.
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
When two classic desserts meet to make one tasty treat, you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who'll turn this sipper down—no matter what time of year it is.
Pumpkin Pecan Crisps
These delicious pecan and oat-topped custards, made with canned pumpkin, are even better with a dollop of yogurt or crème fraiche on top.
Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Oat flour makes this iconic breakfast dish more substantive than typical white flour (and gluten-free, too), and a touch of leftover pumpkin puree is enough to add a lot of extra flavor. Make an extra batch and freeze for an easy option on weekday mornings!
Dipped in your favorite hot cup of tea or French press coffee, these crunchy, nutty biscotti accented with pumpkin puree will disappear from the cookie jar faster than you can make them.
Pumpkin Pavlova with Roasted Apples
Most of us who love pavlova think of it as a berry-packed summer treat, but we switched this one up using leftover pumpkin puree and sweet-tart Honeycrisp apples to give it an apropos fall twist.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
If modern-day coffee culture has given us anything, it’s a think-outside-the-mug attitude toward the average cup of joe. A blender or food processor makes this pumpkin-accented coffee super frothy.
Pumpkin Grilled Cheese
Got just a few tablespoons of pumpkin puree left in a can? Save them for this fun and nutritious take on a classic sandwich favorite.
Pumpkin BBQ Sauce
You’ll want to bust out this pumpkin puree barbecue sauce every time you fire up the grill—or anytime you want an interesting kick on burgers or oven-baked ribs.
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Pumpkin Garlic Knots
Serve these as a fun counterpoint to the pumpkin ravioli recipe above, or whip them up on pizza night for an addictive pizza-parlor classic.
Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie
We love the spike of ginger in this healthy smoothie—and how leftover pumpkin puree makes the texture extra creamy.
Pumpkin Sauce Lasagna
This pasta favorite gets a healthy dose of veggies in the form of spinach and pumpkin puree. The ground meat can be left out if you want to go vegetarian, or swapped for spicy Italian sausage, if you like a touch of heat.
Pumpkin Cream Puffs
What to do with canned pumpkin? These creamy orbs of pumpkin sweetness are a brown-sugar bolstered dream.
Pumpkin Pie Fudge
This gingery pumpkin fudge is a great recipe to bring to your next potluck dinner party. It uses up any extra pumpkin puree you have left in the fridge and ensures you’ll get an invite back.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
The secret to these deliciously creamy whoopie pies? An unexpected duo of applesauce and leftover pumpkin puree!
Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake with Apple Cider Glaze
Need to toss together dessert, but short on time? This canned pumpkin and yellow cake-mix cake is as easy as it gets.
Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce
This tender dough, made with pumpkin puree and potato, is easy to roll out and utterly irresistible with a drizzle of sage butter. Bonus: Uncooked gnocchi freeze beautifully, so you can make a double batch and save some for another night.
This moist pumpkin bread recipe with canned pumpkin has great texture. Simply slice it, pop it in the toaster for a minute or two, then slather with salty butter or cream cheese.
Pumpkin, Chocolate, and Toffee Skillet Cookie
We love the one-pan format of this pumpkin-y version of a giant chocolate chip cookie, which makes sharing all the more fun.
Canned pumpkin is the star of this creamy, satisfying dish. Stir in some brown butter and sprinkle with sage for an irresistibly earthy bite.
Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
This easy, healthy canned pumpkin recipe for overnight oatmeal may have minimal ingredients, but it maxes out big on flavor and velvety-smooth texture.
Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream
Though they disappear fast, the memory of these fantastic chocolaty pumpkin puree cupcakes lingers on. And when you’re ready for more, they’re only a cupcake pan away!
Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo
This healthier version of classic Alfredo sauce uses goat cheese and canned pumpkin, along with a little flour and low-fat milk, to create a thick and creamy sauce with less fat than the original.
Chickpea Pumpkin Coconut Curry
This is sure to become one of your favorite healthy canned pumpkin recipes. Warming spices add loads of flavor, while chickpeas amp up the protein. Try it on its own or over brown basmati rice.
Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers
These pumpkin puree-spiked black bean veggie burgers, with the extra-flavorful avocado and sea salt toppings, are bound to become a Meatless Monday staple.
Vegetarian Pumpkin and Kale Pasta Bake
We love this healthy canned pumpkin recipe for one-dish weeknight meals (and ones that only seem to improve as leftovers). Sub in Swiss chard or spinach for the kale, if you like.
Pumpkin Lentil Soup
One of the easiest and most satisfying things you can do with leftover pumpkin puree is to whip up a pot of pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin. Red lentils add a punch of protein and make it extra filling. Top with toasty, crunchy croutons, if you like (and maybe even go pumpkin crazy by pairing it with our recipe above for pumpkin grilled cheese).
Pumpkin Pancakes With Spiced Maple Syrup
Just a quarter cup of pumpkin puree combined with some zippy orange zest catapults these pumpkin-y buttermilk pancakes into a whole new realm of delicious morning flavor.
Pumpkin Rice Pudding
This canned pumpkin rice pudding recipe gets great texture from Arborio rice and a nuanced fruity note from orange zest and juice.
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
This no-churn ice cream is an impress-your-guests dessert that requires only a few ingredients. Pumpkin pie spice plus crunchy bits of buttery graham crackers and pecans make it extra great.
Pumpkin Caramel Pie Bars with Toasted Coconut
With its buttery crust and swirled caramel-pumpkin filling, this rich dessert is a hands-down winner.
Easy Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart with Cream Cheese Glaze
These adorable handheld tarts combine pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and cinnamon to make an addictive filling.
Decadent flan gets a calorie-cutting makeover with this canned pumpkin recipe that uses low-fat milk and egg whites in place of whole milk and whole eggs.
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
The combo of chocolate and pumpkin puree in this recipe not only makes for a moist, velvety brownie, it also creates an eye-catching swirl!
Pumpkin Bread in a Pumpkin Can
Adorably kitschy for the serving vessel alone, these streusel-topped treats can be slid out of their cans, or served warm as is. Let them cool a bit before serving, so the can isn’t too hot to the touch.
Roasted Garlic, Rosemary and Pumpkin Hummus
This flavor-packed spread makes a great dip, but is also terrific as a topping for burgers and sandwiches.
Perfectly Spiced Pumpkin Scones
Wake up to these spicy-sweet scones made with pumpkin puree for the ultimate autumnal breakfast.
Healthy Pumpkin Turkey Chili
This healthy canned pumpkin recipe for pumpkin turkey chili has a ton flavor and can be on the table in less than 40 minutes. If you like a little more heat, a pinch or two of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper will do the trick.