Wish List: Pumpkin

I pin a lot of recipes. I get irrationally sad and frustrated sometimes because I know I could never make all of them. These “Wish List” posts are a way for me to highlight some of the amazing recipes I would like to make, with each one focusing on a specific ingredient or type of food, etc. If you make something from here, please let me know! I will live vicariously through you.

Some of you may be sick of pumpkin, but Thanksgiving isn’t even over yet, so please excuse me for this.

Pumpkin Illustration

I used to steer clear of pumpkin things, because all I ever really had it in was pumpkin pie. Well the thing is – I don’t really like pumpkin pie. Surprising, right? I know, I’m weird. Once I started getting really interested in cooking and following food blogs, my eyes were opened. Food bloggers are crazy! They’ll throw pumpkin in anything. I’m convinced that food bloggers look at the year in food seasons instead of traditional seasons. It’s not fall or autumn, people – it’s PUMPKIN SEASON. But I’m totally okay with that. I feel like the food blog world really outdid themselves this year with pumpkin, so I went a little crazy with my pinning as well.

And the other crazy thing is … I’ve already made a lot of pumpkin things this year. (Seriously – just check out my tumblr.) I’ve probably made more food with pumpkin in it this year than I have in the rest of my life combined, multiplied by three. And yet there are still so many recipes I want to try! I bought several cans of pumpkin at the grocery store at one time so I would be prepared. On another note – up until recently, I thought they only sold canned pumpkin during this time of year. It turns out I was just looking in the wrong place. I figured it would be in the canned vegetable aisle, … since it’s a canned vegetable. Well, apparently grocery store people think that canned pumpkin is only used for pumpkin pie as well, because you can find it in the baking section with canned pie fillings. I understand the canned “pumpkin pie filling” being in that section, but the plain old canned pumpkin? C’mon, guys. Let’s put it where it belongs, with the rest of the vegetables. Please.

Either way, if you’ve also stocked up on canned pumpkin, here are some ways for you to use it. (Or you could be fancy and make your own pumpkin puree.) This list is LONG, so I will break it into some categories to make it a bit easier to navigate. You can also find all of these on my “Wish List: Pumpkin” Pinterest board, and I will probably continue to add to it.

P.S. What are your favorite pumpkin recipes?


How to Roast Squash Seeds Without a Recipe • Food52
Homemade Pumpkin Puree How Sweet It Is




••• DINNER, ETC. •••

Pumpkin Red Curry UdonI Am a Food Blog
Pumpkin Mac & CheeseA Cup of Jo
Red Curry Pumpkin Almond Butter Noodles Aida Mollenkamp
Homemade Pumpkin Pasta • Minimalist Baker
Baked Pumpkin Fettucini Alfredo • How Sweet It Is
Pumpkin & Ricotta Stuffed Shells Love and Olive Oil

Pumpkin Pizza DoughTake a Megabite
Creamy Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon & Leeks My Name is Yeh
Roasted Pumpkin, Goat’s Cheese, Rosemary & Toasted Almond Pizza What Katie Ate

Pumpkin & White Bean BisqueChanneling Contessa
Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup • Spoon Fork Bacon
Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup Love and Lemons
Slow Cooker Pumpkin ChiliTaste and Tell

Kale Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Cranberries & Goat CheeseHeather Christo


*** You can purchase prints of my pumpkin illustration (at top) through my Etsy shop.


  1. says

    Ooh thanks for the love! This list is FABULOUS. I want everything on here. You have great taste, not only in your pumpkin picks, but also your blog name–love it! I think I’d have to say that cake is my favorite food too and I will ALWAYS choose it over steak!!

    • Sara says

      Well thank you so much Erika! I’m glad you like the blog name, and I’m always happy to know a fellow cake-lover. P.S. pancakes are one of my favorite foods, especially to make for other people.

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