You can do so much more with pumpkins than carve faces into them ready for Halloween or enjoy the taste in a pumpkin spice latte. This tasty vegetable is coming into season now, with a lot of different varieties available to try, each of which is incredibly versatile.
Suitable for both sweet and savoury dishes, you can prepare pumpkin in a number of ways, resulting in a great range of flavours, all of which are sure to be popular with the whole family. Even if you’ve never cooked with pumpkin before, it isn’t hard to whip up a delicious dish. Here are some great recipes that you might like to try this autumn:
- Curried pumpkin soup
There’s nothing like a bowl of steaming hot soup when the weather starts to get colder and pumpkin soup is sure to become a staple in your home after trying this great recipe from Fab Food 4 All. The recipe can be made suitable for vegetarians and has a lovely curry flavour that is sure to warm you up. It’s also incredibly easy to prepare and can be frozen once cooked so you have soup at the ready.
- Lincolnshire sausage and pumpkin hot pot
Autumn definitely means more hearty and warming dishes to come home to at the end of a long and cold day. This is why Belleau Kitchen’s hot pot recipe is sure to become a firm family favourite. Possibly the best thing about this meal is that it all goes in one pot, meaning less washing up. You can easily alter this recipe to feed more people if need be, just make sure you have a big enough casserole dish!
- Pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon frosting
Pumpkins aren’t just great in savoury dishes, they are also perfect for sweet treats. In fact, they can even help to make your puddings a bit healthier, which is great news all round! If you want to try something a bit different this autumn, why not whip up a batch of these delicious cupcakes with a slightly spicy frosting? Maison Cupcake’s recipe is easy to follow and is sure to have you hooked on pumpkin.
- Hubble bubble pumpkin fish cakes
You can also use pumpkin to replace other ingredients, making certain meals lighter and healthier. This is why we really like this recipe from Jam and Clotted Cream for pumpkin fishcakes. It uses mashed pumpkin instead of potatoes, with the sweeter vegetable really working well with fish. You can make these small or large, meaning they are great for canapes and main meals.
- Pumpkin, pear and Amaretto trifle
This adult-only recipe from How to Cook Good Food is the perfect way to enjoy a boozy treat in a tasty way. The mixture of pumpkin and almondy amaretto works really well and is sure to become a firm a favourite whether you’re enjoying a night in front of the TV or having a dinner party. While the recipe calls for pre-made pumpkin puree, those feeling more adventurous might want to try and make their own.