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My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

on August 10, 2023
last updated May 14, 2024
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My favorite pumpkin recipes for Fall, including this Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce that's hearty, flavorful, creamy and cozy.
bowl of penne pasta with pumpkin sauce and sage on top

Step into a world of cozy flavors and autumnal delights with this list of my favorite pumpkin recipes for Fall! These recipes are sure to leave your taste buds dancing among the falling leaves.!

Whether you want to bake something sweet, cook something savory, or sip on something smooth, all of these recipes contain real pumpkin to bring that iconic Fall flavor to your palate.

As an environmental scientist, I’m always conscious of my food waste. I love highlighting ingredients with a long shelf life, like canned pumpkin puree!

Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!

Above and beyond the outrageously delicious flavor pumpkin brings to these dishes, it also boasts tons of fiber and other nutrients like vitamins, potassium, and potassium.

Pumpkin Recipes for Fall


Meals

1. One-Pot Carrot Pumpkin Soup

Bowl of Carrot Pumpkin Soup with hand cradling it
This Carrot Pumpkin Soup is the cozy Fall soup you need, with nutrient-dense carrots and pumpkin accompanied by aromatic spices, coming together in under an hour and in just one pot.
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2. Easy Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Baked pumpkin mac and cheese garnished with fresh sage
This Easy Baked Pumpkin Mac and Cheese takes creamy macaroni and cheese and infuses it with the rich and comforting flavors of pumpkin.
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3. Creamy Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto

Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto with extra Parmesan cheese and sage
This Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto is perfectly creamy, balancing the subtle sweetness of pumpkin with earthy mushrooms and other savory flavors.
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4. One-Pot Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

One-Pot Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce
This Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce is quick and easy to make, easy to clean up, and will feed the whole family! It's hearty, flavorful, creamy and cozy.
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5. Crispy Pan Fried Pumpkin French Toast

Four slices of Pumpkin French Toast stacked on top of each other with whipped cream and maple syrup.
This crispy, buttery, and delicious Pumpkin French Toast uses real pumpkin puree and warming spices to bring rich flavor with a festive flair to your breakfast plate.
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6. Creamy One-Pot Autumn Squash Soup

Autumn Squash Soup in a bowl garnished with pumpkin seeds.
This Autumn Squash Soup is creamy and velvety, perfectly balanced between savory, and sweet, and incorporates tons of real veggies for depth of flavor. Only one pot required!
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Snacks & Treats

7. Festive Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

close up of two pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting stacked on top of each other
Fall has arrived with these fluffy and moist Pumpkin Muffins with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting. If you love pumpkin spice, you will LOVE these muffins.
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8. Moist Pumpkin Banana Muffins with Crumble Top

Banana Pumpkin Muffins on cooling rack
Savor the delightful blend of real pumpkin and banana in every bite of these moist Pumpkin Banana Muffins, crowned with a delectably crumbly topping.
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9. 4-Ingredient Homemade Pumpkin Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Whipped Cream in a black bowl garnished with star anise
Pumpkin Whipped Cream is a delightful autumnal topping, blending the silky essence of whipped cream with the warm, comforting notes of pumpkin spice for a decadent finishing touch to your favorite fall treats.
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Drinks

10. Pumpkin Spice Mule

Grabbing a copper mug filled with a Fall-spiced mule.
A fun Fall twist on a classic favorite, this Pumpkin Spice Mule will be your new go-to sweater weather cocktail.
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11. Creamy Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate for Two

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate garnished with whipped cream, cinnamon stick, and star anise
A cozy and indulgent autumn treat, Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate combines the comforting warmth of hot cocoa with the aromatic spices of pumpkin pie, and earthiness of real pumpkin, creating a delightful seasonal beverage that's perfect for sipping by the fire.
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12. Pumpkin Spice Margarita

Small glass with an orange spiced margarita in the center of the frame with limes and pumpkins in the background.
This Pumpkin Spice Margarita brings fun Fall flavors to a typically more summery drink, making this uniquely warming marg the perfect Autumn treat!
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I hope this list of my favorite pumpkin recipes for Fall makes all your cozy Autumnal kitchen dreams come true! If you’re still not sure where to start, I included this recipe for One-Pot Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce that is quick and easy to make, easy to clean up, and will feed the whole family! 

bowl of penne pasta with pumpkin sauce and sage on top

10+ Pumpkin Recipes for Fall Including Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

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My favorite pumpkin recipes for Fall, including this Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce that's hearty, flavorful, creamy and cozy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
 
 

  • 16 ounces short pasta (like penne, ziti, rigatoni, or farfalle)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree (15 oz = 1 can)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ ounce fresh sage
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup milk (dairy on unsweetened plant-based)
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Instructions
 

  • Add the pasta, vegetable broth, pumpkin puree, olive oil, salt, pepper, and nutmeg to a large pot over high heat and stir. Cover and bring to a rolling boil, then turn heat down to medium to simmer.
    Penne pasta in a pot with vegetable broth, pumpkin puree, olive oil, and seasonings
  • Cover and simmer over medium for 13-15 minutes, stirring every 3-5 minutes with a wooden spoon, until pasta is al dente. As you stir, scrape the bottom of the pot to ensure the pasta doesn't stick.
    Penne pasta cooked al dente in pumpkin and broth
  • Meanwhile, finely chop the sage. Remove the pasta from heat and add the butter, sage, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to coat, allowing the residual heat to melt the butter.
    Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce before thinning out with milk
  • Slowly add the milk to thin out the sauce, about 1 tablespoon at a time until you achieve your desired consistency. You may not need all ½ cup.
    Super creamy pumpkin sauce pasta with sage
  • Serve hot with a little extra grated Parmesan and sage for garnish. Enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Add the milk slowly to gauge the consistency of the sauce.
  • This recipe can be used for any short pasta, including, but not limited to Penne (as pictured), Cavatappi, Fusilli, Rotini, Farfalle, Rigatoni, and Gemelli.
  • For more easy and low clean-up recipes, check out this awesome list of my best One-Pot meals.

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Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Cheese, Easy, One-Pot, Pasta, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Sauce Pasta
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