With approximately 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins thrown away each year, we're always looking for new ways to use up these seasonal vegetables in some tasty recipes.
Read on below for our round up of the best recipes we've found to use up your pumpkins this year.
Pumpkin soup is an easy way to blitz all that delicious pumpkin flesh into a hearty meal. There's a host of recipes out there, but we're a fan of this creamy one from 'Cookie and Kate'. Pumpkin is roasted in the oven before being blitzed with softened onion, garlic, spices, stock, and coconut milk. It's creamy and delicious, and uses up most your pumpkin- with an option to toast the seeds as a topping. Click here to view the recipe.
This recipe from Tesco Real Food transforms a pumpkin into the centrepiece of the dining table. With bulgar wheat, herbs, and goats cheese being mixed in with pumpkin flesh to stuff the pumpkin, it is a vegetarian dish that wows even the most vegetable-wary. For such a simple recipe, it also looks fantastic! Take a look at the recipe here.
For those with a slightly sweeter tooth, BBC Good Food's Halloween pumpkin cake is enough to rival the best of carrot cakes with its own cream cheese frosting. It's a speedy cake to whip up, and will be a real crowd pleaser at any Halloween party. Take a look here to give it a go.
It wouldn't be a pumpkin recipe blog if we didn't include the classic pumpkin pie, so here we have it! Very popular in the US, pumpkin pie takes some wonderfully wintery spices (like allspice, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves) and pairs them with pumpkin flesh to make a delicious autumnal creamy pie. The set pumpkin filling is baked ontop of a sweet pastry tart (pecan nuts as a topping are optional!). There are, of course, many recipes for a pumpkin pie, and we've picked out this one by Once Upon A Chef- view the recipe by clicking here.
Pumpkin's creamy and rich flesh makes a brilliant basis for a pasta sauce, as in this recipe by 'Jar of Lemons'. Sage, walnuts, spinach, and parmesan are paired with pumpkin in this speedy and tasty pasta recipe, though note if you make your own pumpkin puree from scratch, you'll need to allow extra time to bake your pumpkin and blitz the flesh. We'd recommend doing this anyway- it freezes well and you can use it for a host of recipes throughout the year, from pumpkin risotto to pumpkin bread. View the recipe here.