When you think about pumpkin recipes, what comes to mind? Pumpkin pie? Pumpkin cheesecake? Probably not something savory. However, there are so many more ways to cook with pumpkin than just by dumping a pound of sugar on it. Below are five savory recipes even the staunchest of pumpkin pie eaters could enjoy.
Number Five: Carrot Pumpkin Soup.
Soup is a classic fall staple, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that pumpkin soup is on this list. While pumpkin soup is fantastic on its own, the addition of carrots and ginger make it extra spicy and exciting. You can even make this delicious soup vegan by using coconut milk instead of regular milk.
Number Four: Pumpkin Soufflé.
If you’re sick of pumpkin pie but still want to stay classic, a good pumpkin soufflé is essential. Though you could go sweet with the soufflé, it’s much more exciting to try out savory options. Try adding rosemary or thyme, or walk the line between savory and sweet with some bourbon and unsweetened whipped cream.
Number Three: Savory Pumpkin Bread.
Just like the soufflé, a savory pumpkin bread is a great way to wow guests without putting in too much effort. Take your favorite recipe and amp it up with some herbs, or try using olive oil in place of canola. A pumpkin is your culinary oyster.
Number Two: Pumpkin Mac And Cheese.
Pumpkin mac and cheese is the perfect way to say “I’m fancy, but I respect the classics.” What better way to feel “healthy” than by adding some pumpkin to your favorite recipe for mac and cheese? Not only will the addition of pumpkin make for an amazing color, but it will add an earthiness that will have you going back for seconds, thirds, and – let’s not kid ourselves – fourths. Throw on some frizzled sage for good measure.
Number One: Pumpkin Curry.
This one is an underdog, but not an undeserving one. Curries are perfect for those nights when you want to impress but don’t have time to hit up the grocery. The creamy texture of pumpkin, along with its ability to absorb tons of flavor, make it an ideal candidate for any kind of curry. Common additions to curries with pumpkin include chick peas, lemongrass, and coconut milk. Serve with rice, naan, and pickled red onions for an added oomph.