Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe #PumpkinWeek

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe is so much better than the canned stuff! With a little more effort than opening a can of pumpkin puree, you can have the fresh homemade taste of real pumpkin. I like that!
Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe | by Life Tastes Good is so much better than the canned stuff!! Toss out the can and all the extra stuff that comes with it, and make fresh pumpkin puree for real pumpkin flavor! #PumpkinWeek #Puree

Pumpkin puree can be used in many different recipes from sweet to savory. Most often we use canned pumpkin puree for everything because it is so convenient, and I agree, it is super convenient. As with most convenience items you sacrifice the flavor for the ease of use, so, for the sake of flavor I recommend giving this homemade puree a try. It just takes a little extra time. I recommend using a smaller pie pumpkin as they are so much easier with which to work!

By making it yourself, you can feel confident you know what is in it! You are in control of the ingredients and you get the added bonus of being able to roast the pumpkin seeds for a tasty treat! I have a recipe coming up for Drunken Pumpkin Seeds you'll want to try for sure!

Welcome to #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections' #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe | by Life Tastes Good is so much better than the canned stuff!! Toss out the can and all the extra stuff that comes with it, and make fresh pumpkin puree for real pumpkin flavor! #PumpkinWeek #Puree

Pumpkins are pretty much the recognized symbol of fall. When I see pumpkin patches start to pop up everywhere, I can't help but think of harvests and holidays and everything that goes with this wonderful time of the year. Just thinking of the fall season makes me feel all warm and comfy cozy.


Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe | by Life Tastes Good is so much better than the canned stuff!! Toss out the can and all the extra stuff that comes with it, and make fresh pumpkin puree for real pumpkin flavor! #PumpkinWeek #Puree

Pumpkins are in the squash family, and they are uber good for you! Pumpkins are low in fat and carbohydrates, as well as being chock full of good-for-you stuff like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. As an added bonus, pumpkins are kid-friendly too! Not only do kids love to scoop all the gooey stuff out of the pumpkins, but they love to eat pumpkin everything!

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe | by Life Tastes Good is so much better than the canned stuff!! Toss out the can and all the extra stuff that comes with it, and make fresh pumpkin puree for real pumpkin flavor! #PumpkinWeek #Puree

I remember when I was teaching, I made roasted pumpkin seeds with my class and we all enjoyed them for our snack. One little girl enjoyed them so much, she asked her mother to make them for her. The next day, I got a note from her mom asking for the recipe and thanking me for introducing her daughter to such a healthy treat. She never would have thought her daughter would eat pumpkin seeds!

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Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe #PumpkinWeek

Life Tastes Good
Published 10/20/2014
Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree Recipe #PumpkinWeek

Ingredients

  • 1 small pie pumpkin (around 4-5 pounds)
  • kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Slice the stem off the pumpkin and then slice the pumpkin in half. Scoop out all the seeds and the stringy pulp. Reserve the seeds for roasting. Toss the pulp.
  2. Lay the pumpkin halves on a baking sheet with the flesh side up. Sprinkle the flesh with some kosher salt - about a 1/2 teaspoon for each pumpkin half.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for about 30-40 minutes until fork tender.
  4. When the pumpkin is tender all over, remove it from the oven and set aside to cool for about an hour or so.
  5. Once cooled, scoop out flesh into the bowl of a food processor. Be sure to get every last little bit of deliciousness. Turn the food processor on and process until you have a beautifully smooth puree. This might take a couple minutes. Give it a taste and add salt as needed. Store in the fridge in a covered container, or if you won't be using it within about a week, you can freeze it for when you are ready to use it. Enjoy!
Yield: about 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook time: 30 mins.
Total time: 35 mins.

Tags: Pumpkin Puree, Homemade, Easy, Fall, Baking, Vegetable, Squash, Recipe, Thanksgiving, Halloween


#PumpkinWeek


#PumpkinWeek Bloggers:
Pumpkin Loaf by Love and Confections
Lemongrass-Kissed Sankaya (Thai Pumpkin Custard) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Biscoff Frosting by The Spiffy Cookie
Pumpkin Peach Smoothie by Happy Food Healthy Life
Egg and Pumpkin Breakfast Cups by Curious Cuisiniere
Witches Eye Glass Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes by Lady Behind The Curtain
Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree by Life Tastes Good
Pumpkin Orange Soup by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Macaroni with Kale and Creamy Pumpkin Sauce by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea Samosas by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter by My Catholic Kitchen
Pumpkin Scones by Making Miracles
Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by The Pajama Chef
Pumpkin Molasses Cookies by That's My Home
Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oatmeal by Dizzy Busy and Hungry

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32 comments:

  1. Such a great resource, Marion!!! I need to try this!!!

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  2. Love that you made your own puree!! Looks so bright, fresh, and vibrant! Yumm!

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    1. Thanks, Rebekah! I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin, but the homemade puree was just right for me!

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  3. Making your own puree is such a great way to start the week. Love all the good info about pumpkins too. Can't wait for your other recipes. Thanks for participating Marion!

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  4. I've always wanted to try this, but didn't know how. Thanks for the recipe Marion!

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    1. You're welcome, Sarah! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I always make my own puree. So much better than canned and it freezes well so you can stock up on it and have it all year round

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Wendy! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Love these beautiful pics and such a good recipe too! I will have to make some! :)

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    1. Thanks, Sheena! I hope you like it as much as I do. I'm not big on the canned pumpkin. It is too strong in flavor for me. I like the homemade freshness much better!

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  7. The best part about making your own pumpkin puree is making roasted seeds!

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    1. YES! Those seeds make cleaning the pumpkin worth it! Thanks, Erin!

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  8. So great! I have a puree recipe scheduled for tomorrow's #pumpkinweek post. Whoops. Oh, well...maybe together we can encourage people to skip the can!

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    1. Ahhhhh great minds think alike!! You can't have too much pumpkin puree, right? Thanks for stopping by Camilla!

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  9. I'm going to give this a try! Your puree looks so light and healthy. Definitely worth the effort for results like that!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! I hope you like it as much as we do!

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  10. I never knew it was this easy! Seriously you just roast them and blend em up?! ...I'm so doing this - great post thanks!

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    1. I know, right?! It's crazy easy - just takes a little extra time. You could add butter, but honestly, it is really good with just a little salt. Thanks for stopping by, Erica!

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  11. I love making roasted pumpkin. It tastes so much better than the canned.

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Mary Ellen! Thanks!

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  12. Great post Marion and I love how simple the recipe is!

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    1. Me too!! Just takes a little more time than opening the can. Thanks for stopping by, Shelby!

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  13. What??! Pumpkin Week? How is it that I am just hearing about this right now. Sounds yummy and couldn't have pumpkin week without pumpkin puree, right?

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    1. How the heck did you miss it?!! We'll have to get you in on this next year! Terri is a great host! Thanks for stopping by, Renee!

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  14. You are so awesome! I love the pumpkin week theme, and this is such a great idea! I mean, I buy pumpkin by the case. Haha, and now I don't have to!

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    1. hahaha Now you can make it by the case! Thanks for stopping by, Rachael!

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  15. This is so great! I bet this pumpkin puree would make all my pumpkin recipes taste even better!

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    1. Thanks, Kristin! I like it so much better than canned. I've never been able to stomach the canned stuff too much - it is just too strong. This definitely has a fresher and milder flavor that works better for me :)

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  16. Your pumpkin puree is a awesome recipe that I know my family will love. So glad you shared

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  17. Looks like a much better alternative than canned pumpkin.

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