Our Favorite Savory Pumpkin Recipes

on November 4, 2015

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Pumpkin-Perfect

Although we tend to associate this fall gem with sweet pies and carved jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins have a buttery, slightly sweet flavor profile that lends itself well to savory dishes of all kinds. From snacks and sauces to hearty main dishes, this collection of our favorite savory pumpkin recipes will change the way you look at "the big orange" forever.

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Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto

The nuttiness of pumpkin seeds takes on a whole new flavor when blended with fresh cilantro, garlic and lime juice. This sauce makes a wonderful accompaniment to pastas and grilled meats.

Get the Recipe: Cilantro-Pumpkin Seed Pesto

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Pumpkin Hummus Dip

For a quick appetizer at your next fall gathering, whip up this pumpkin-infused hummus. The addition of pumpkin puree and almond butter to the traditional chickpea blend gives it a hint of sweetness that's perfect for pairing with salty or savory snacks.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Hummus Dip

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (Three Ways)

Prepare this favorite snack in three new ways: mole spiced, sweet and salty, or spicy herbed. With so many options, you'll have no shortage of snacktime fare for the season.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkin Cheddar Grits

The addition of cheddar cheese and buttery pumpkin makes these grits a comforting addition to any meal of the day-ideal with bacon and eggs at breakfast, or served as a holiday side dish.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Cheddar Grits

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Pumpkin Wedges with Dill Sour Cream Dip

This recipe features sliced pumpkin wedges, coated in a dusting of herbed Parmesan breadcrumbs and roasted until tender. Served with a dill and sour cream dressing, these wedges are a whole new way to experience pumpkin-y goodness.

Get the Recipe: Crusted Pumpkin Wedges with Sour Cream

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Pumpkin & Sage Gratin

This rich casserole boasts a filling of pumpkin puree, cream and plenty of Gouda cheese. Topped with a buttery sage breadcrumb topping, this creamy dish makes a decadent complement to your arsenal of autumn recipes.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin and Sage Gratin

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Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

If you didn't think mac and cheese could get any more delicious, allow us to prove you wrong. The addition of pumpkin to this cheesy pasta blend only enhances its creamy richness and overall "wow" factor.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

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Pumpkin Crostini

For an unforgettable appetizer, pair caramelized pumpkin with roasted brussels sprouts and thick-cut bacon. Plate it on freshly toasted bread, and garnish with goat cheese and red pepper flakes. Trust us, you won't be disappointed.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin, Bacon, and Brussels Sprout Crostini

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Pumpkins, Stuffed and Roasted

All of your favorite fall ingredients find a home tucked right inside a roasted pumpkin. Aside from being a breathtaking presentation piece, this dish incorporates a variety of ingredients for a hearty, complete meal.

Get the Recipe: Turkey, Wild Rice, Cranberry and Apple Stuffed Pumpkins

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter

Pumpkin and pasta were meant to be, and come together wonderfully in this dish. The sage brown butter sauce highlights the earthy elements of this comforting masterpiece.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Ravoli with Sage Brown Butter

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Warm Pumpkin Salad with Bacon and Pumpkin Seeds

Piecing together seasonal salads is an adventure all its own. Here, fresh arugula is paired with tender roasted pumpkin, crumbled bacon, Romano cheese and crunchy pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with maple vinaigrette for a healthy salad that's anything but ordinary.

Get the Recipe: Warm Pumpkin Salad with Bacon and Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkin, Pork, and Apple Cider Stew

Pumpkin adds richness and flavor to this savory stew, while root veggies and pork sausage make for a filling bowlful. Talk about cozy...

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin, Pork, and Apple Cider Stew

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Slow-Braised Beef and Pumpkin Stew

This hearty stew is perfect for a chilly fall evening and will fill your house with a decadent aroma. Watch as braised beef comes together with pumpkin and a variety of earthy vegetables in red wine sauce. Then top with roasted pumpkin seeds, and serve!

Get the Recipe: Slow-Braised Beef and Pumpkin Stew