12 Pumpkin Recipes To Use Pumpkins Harvested from Your Garden

The changing of the seasons is always a great time for harvesting and eating delicious fruits. Pumpkins are no exception, as they can be used in many different ways to enhance your favorite meals!

Pumpkins are a super fruit  (you knew that pumpkin is a fruit, right?) that can be used tastily for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You may enjoy them on their own with some whipped cream or cooked into soup.

The best pumpkins for cooking are not the same as those used to decorate your home. The common jack-o’-lantern variety isn’t recommended for eating. Smaller (sugar or pie) pumpkin varieties are perfect to cook with, and their flesh is sweeter and less watery.

sugar pie pumpkins

What to do with all Your Harvested Pumpkins

Now that you’ve harvested your delicious pumpkins, it is time to get creative! Your garden-fresh pumpkins will last up to three months if they are not exposed to direct sunlight.

Here are some awesome recipes that will transform them into a tasty treat.

Some of these recipes call for pumpkin puree, so rather than using store-bought, you can easily make your own.

Pumpkin Waffles

Try these homemade pumpkin waffles as a part of your Fall breakfast tradition. With warm spices and yummy pumpkin, they’re a must-make!

pumpkin waffles

Maple Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Pumpkin roasted with maple syrup, caramelized, and so delicious.  This maple-roasted pumpkin salad is the perfect salad to make for a delicious harvest-time side dish.

Pumpkin Smoothie

Blissfully smooth, creamy, and satisfying like a pumpkin-spiced milkshake but healthy. Drink this pumpkin smoothie in the morning or anytime for an instant pick-me-up!

Pumpkin Seed Granola

Need a snack? This pumpkin seed granola is not your typical nut and grain-filled variety. Rather, it features pumpkin seeds for that perfect crunch!

Simple Pumpkin Soup

A simple pumpkin soup that’s healthy, satisfying, heart-warming, and perfect for chillier weather.

Pumpkin Bread

This delicious, cozy pumpkin bread is perfect for those long fall nights. Warmly spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, it’s easy to make but also healthy!

Pear-and-Pumpkin Tart

This colorful pear and pumpkin tart is topped with juicy pomegranate seeds and pumpkin that tastes like fall. Whether you’re looking for a light meal or something more substantial as an appetizer, this dish has your name on it!

Pumpkin Brownies

If you’re looking for a fun twist on your favorite brownies, these pumpkin brownies are made with chocolate and pumpkin pie in every bite! And these yummy delights look super impressive when decorated for Halloween or other autumn festivities.

Pumpkin Pasta

A delicious and nutritious side dish or light meal to keep you satisfied. This savory and creamy pumpkin pasta sauce pairs perfectly with the cooked bowtie pasta.

Pumpkin Breakfast Sausage

Appreciate pumpkin’s savory side by making delicious breakfast sausage. This recipe uses the pumpkin as a binder to make your patties stick together without sacrificing taste or texture!

Rich & Savory Pumpkin-Thyme Soup

This rich and savory pumpkin-thyme soup is the perfect way to cozy up on those chilly fall days. Creamy, yet light enough that you don’t feel heavy after eating it!

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

When you want the best bread rolls, these pumpkin dinner rolls will not disappoint. They’re easy and fluffy, and the pumpkin adds a nice golden color to the dinner rolls and lends a tint of sweetness.

pumpkin puree

I hope you love all of these delicious pumpkin recipes as much as I do. There’s so much to make this fall.