Want to know a secret? While making our own pumpkin puree is impressive and tasty, we actually prefer the canned stuff. It’s just as delicious and cuts the time spent in the kitchen by at least half. Plus, it’s versatile enough for both sweet recipes (like pumpkin angel food cake and pumpkin scones), savory applications (think pumpkin risotto and pumpkin pizza), and heck, even our dogs can eat it. And it’s not just for Thanksgiving dessert. Here are 35 canned pumpkin recipes that prove our point.
1. Pumpkin Spice Pecan Rolls
Imagine waking up to the smell of freshly baked pumpkin cinnamon rolls. That’s better than any alarm clock.
2. Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies
Pumpkin pie but make it portable. If you end up with leftovers (lucky), eat them for breakfast like a fancy toaster pastry.
3. Pumpkin Pizza Crust with Arugula and Prosciutto
Is it just us, or is there always a little pumpkin leftover in the can? No worries, this pie will make good use of it.
4. Pumpkin Polenta
Take your Thanksgiving feast to the next level with this creamy side dish. It calls for roasting your own pumpkin, but you can substitute the canned stuff, no problem.
5. Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon-Roll Crust
Pumpkin pie is a fall given, but we bet you’ve never tried it with a cinnamon-roll crust.
6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
Spicy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside. They’ll melt in your mouth.
7. Pumpkin Angel Food Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
We’re in love with this cake and we’re not afraid to admit it. It must be that cream cheese glaze.
8. Creamy Pumpkin Eton Mess
Eton mess is usually made with fresh fruit or jam, but we fall-ified this version with a light and fluffy pumpkin cream.
9. Pumpkin Brioche
Just when we thought buttery brioche couldn’t be improved, this one changed the game. You can leave the sparkling sugar off if you want a savorier loaf.
10. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
Cinnamon streusel topping? Tangy cream cheese swirl? Check and check.
11. Pumpkin Spice Icebox Cake
It has all the pumpkin pie flavors you crave, but you don’t have to turn the oven on to make it.
12. Pumpkin Soup in Mini Pumpkin Bowls
Save those pumpkin seeds. They make a delightfully crunchy topping for the soup.
13. Pumpkin Pancakes
A stack of these cuties is worth getting up early on a Saturday morning for.
14. Pumpkin Hummus
What’ll it be? Pita chips or carrot sticks (or both)?
15. One-Pot Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
It’s like a chunky knit blanket in a bowl. (And way tastier than the boxed stuff, if you ask us.)
16. Easy Vegan Pumpkin Waffles
No dairy, no eggs, no problem. The canned pumpkin does the hard work, adding moisture and binding the dry ingredients together.
17. Pumpkin Scones
They’re better than anything at a bakery (and you don’t have to leave your house to get them).
18. Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Glaze
The cake is tender and moist, but if we’re being honest, we came here for that glaze.
19. Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
It’s lightened up with yogurt, so go ahead with that second slice.
20. Pumpkin Sage Lasagna Roll Up Pull Aparts
Instead of layering the noodles, they’re rolled up and covered in a blanket of crispy cheese.
21. Turkey Pumpkin Chili
The pumpkin puree makes this chili taste creamy and rich. Bonus: It also adds a boost of sneaky veggies if you’re feeding kids.
22. Pumpkin Risotto with Seared Scallops
If you look up comfort food in the dictionary, you’ll find this recipe. The scallops only seem fancy; they take just a few minutes per side to cook.
23. Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts with Maple Glaze
Dunk one into your morning coffee and it’ll taste like a PSL.
24. Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
Or, just make your own homemade version of a PSL. It only takes five minutes.
25. 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Alfredo
Would you believe this luscious pasta comes together in all of 30 minutes? We didn’t.
26. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with Pumpkin and Walnuts
Steel cut oats can take a while to cook, but a pressure cooker makes quick work of the job.
27. Spicy Pumpkin and Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells
Not today, marinara. We’re have pumpkin pasta.
28. Pumpkin Cornbread
Plop the entire skillet on the table, add some butter and your Thanksgiving spread (and guests) will thank you.
29. Pumpkin Crème Brûlée
We’ll take any excuse to break out the mini blowtorch. (And if you don’t have one, no worries: Just use your broiler.)
30. 10-Minute Spicy Pumpkin Curry Chowder in a Mug
The secret to this ten-minute soup is that it’s made in the microwave.
31. Pumpkin Queso
Pumpkin and cheese? You better believe it. The squash adds a hint of sweetness to offset the sharp cheddar cheese.
32. Gluten-Free Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread
It all gets mixed in a single bowl, so you can spend less time cleaning up and more time enjoying that bread.
33. Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate
If you want a more festive, bright orange hue, add ¼ cup extra pumpkin puree.
34. Pumpkin Roll
The key to a good spiral is to roll the cake right out of the oven, then let it cool to keep cracks at bay.
35. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow Meringue
Who needs a holiday centerpiece when you have this stunner on the table?