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12 Pumpkin Recipes to Try This October

12 Pumpkin Recipes to Try This October - roomfortuesday.com In my opinion, we’re entering the best season for food- it’s filled with bold, nostalgic, and holiday centered flavor profiles. I’ve come to find there are two types of people in this world- those who obsess over pumpkin during the month of October, and those who loathe the flavor altogether and think it’s highly overrated. Ha! I obviously fall into that first category. I don’t care how basic pumpkin is, I will always embrace this classic fall ingredient. I was determined to dig up some delicious old favorites, along with some new recipes I’m looking forward to trying this month. Click through for 12 pumpkin recipes to try this October. I’ve included recipes of both the sweet and savory categories, but one thing they have in common… they all pack that fall pumpkin flavor we’ve been craving! Who knows- maybe you’ll find or adopt a new tradition and make one of these recipes each year moving forward! 

#1 // Pumpkin Scones

Sarah at Broma Bakery can do no wrong when it comes to sweets, pastries, and all things dessert. I’ve tried many of her recipes and they never disappoint. I normally don’t love scones, but her “moist AF” scones (as she calls them) are a breakfast treat I’ve made the last couple of years. You know how I like something sweet with my morning espresso and this tastes like the season!

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#2 // Classic Spiced Pumpkin Bread

This recipe comes from the Room for Tuesday archives. Jacqueline shared her classic family recipe for traditional pumpkin bread, and it’s another one I make year after year! It’s fast, easy, and is a crowd pleaser if you’re hosting this season.

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#3 // Sage Butter Pumpkin Ravioli

Tieghan is another food blogger I absolutely love and admire. Her recipes are ones we’re constantly trying and repeating! During quarantine, we bought the pasta attachments for our KitchenAid mixer and have enjoyed making homemade pasta ever since. This savory sage butter pumpkin ravioli is definitely happening this month. Doesn’t that look mouth watering?

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#4 // Ginger Pumpkin Pie

This ginger pumpkin pie is one I probably won’t save until Thanksgiving because I want to make it before! Is there such thing as zingy ginger Halloween pie? This updated take on classic pie is one I’m looking forward to devouring. I also love that beautiful texture and rich color- it looks as good as it tastes.

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#5 // Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese

Risotto is actually a dish Emmett & I make and eat frequently. I’m swapping our standard risotto for this pumpkin variety in a couple weeks. Who doesn’t love the combination of savory pumpkin, goat cheese, cranberry, and thyme? That sounds like a winning dinner to me! We’ll probably add some protein and save leftovers. Risotto always reheats nicely.

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#6 // Pumpking Bruschetta

I made these pumpkin bruschetta toasts four years ago for a fall party I was hosting and they were a major hit! Three serving trays of these were gone in a matter of minutes. I’ve been making them every year since and all of my friends have requested the recipe. They include some of my favorite fall flavors: goat cheese, pumpkin, arugula, and cinnamon roasted almonds. They’re also delicious with a drizzle of balsamic or olive oil- if you’re into that sort of thing.

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#7 // Classic Pumpkin Roll

This pumpkin roll has rave reviews. My grandma makes a pumpkin roll every year and I’ve always wanted to learn how she effortlessly creates this beautiful dessert. It seems intimidating to me, but this recipe makes it look so easy! I can’t wait to try this one next week. This will most likely end up in our breakfast rotation as well… because coffee & sweets.

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#8 // Beer Cheese Pumpkin Soup

I’m a big fan of soup and chili this time of year. When looking for my ideal pumpkin soup recipe, I like to have some veggies or protein included- instead of just a smooth bisque (which can sometimes feel boring). This complex pumpkin soup seems like a winner. It includes everything from celery, bell peppers, onion, and veggies to bacon and beer! If I’m looking to indulge in a cheesy pumpkin soup- I want it to be this one. Emmett is equally as excited and has requested we give this one a try this week. Haha! I’ll keep you posted.

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#9 // Chocolate Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

Last weekend, Emmett & I spent date night at a nice restaurant and treated ourselves to dessert. We split a mini crème brûlée trio that included: chocolate, salted caramel, and pumpkin. I’ve been thinking about that crème brûlée every day since last Saturday and I’m looking forward to giving this recipe a try!

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#10 // Black Bean Dip with Squash & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

I love a good dip because I thoroughly enjoy snacking. It’s why charcuterie will always be my favorite. This creamy black bean dip with roasted squash, garlic, toasted pumpkin seeds, and chipotles is perfect for dipping crackers, chips, raw veggies, or can even be used as spread. We’re hosting a little Halloween dinner party for my birthday and this will definitely be on the menu!

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#11 // Pumpkin Mookies

Let me tell you about the time I accidentally invented mookies (my word for a cross between a muffin and a cookie), and almost broke the internet. I finally shared this recipe back in 2014 and it went viral, but I’ve been making these since I was in college. Pumpkin mookies only have three ingredients and believe me when I say- it doesn’t get easier or more delicious. Don’t judge, but Emmett & I make these at least 3-4 times in October- pretty much every weekend. So far, we’ve already made two batches this season. I’m warning you now… they’re addicting!

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#12 // Pumpkin Coconut Curry

I especially love curry during the fall and winter months. This pumpkin coconut curry with jasmine rice, cashews, lime, ginger, and cilantro looks so appetizing. We’re also adding this one to our dinner rotation in the near future!

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There you have it… 12 pumpkin recipes I’ve made and loved or am itching to try. Please, please, please share your favorites with me. I want to save and test all the good ones! I’m going to have to bike a bit further this month to counter all of the tasty food I’m planning to eat. Ha! Here’s to a flavorful fall, my friends. Are you team pumpkin? No judgments here!

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    Stacy
    October 5, 2021 at 5:11 am

    I am team pumpkin all the way! I’ve had MULTIPLE pumpkin chai lattes already, and I made myself share my bag of mini pumpkin spice pretzels at work yesterday because I couldn’t stop eating them. They’re from Trader Joe’s, if you haven’t had them yet, I highly recommend them, but like, just plan to eat the whole bag in one sitting. If sweet and salty is your thing there’s no use fighting it 😍 Oh oh also, TJ’s has a loaf of pumpkin brioche with a cinnamon swirl in it that makes excellent French toast.

    Trader Joe’s in the fall is obviously my favorite thing ❤

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      Sarah
      October 5, 2021 at 6:43 pm

      Woohoo!! Another vote for team pumpkin :) I haven’t had any chai lattes yet, but I did get the pumpkin brioche from Trader Joe’s and we made French toast last weekend! I love that stuff. I haven’t tried the mini pumpkin spice pretzels yet, but now they’re on my must-buy list. TJ’s is the best this time of year! I love all of their fall flavors. I spent over an hour in there the other day, haha! It’s definitely addicting. Happy fall, Stacy!

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    Peggi
    October 5, 2021 at 5:16 am

    Good morning! Team Pumpkin, for sure…but also Team Apple. Maybe it’s my Maine showing, but I also adore cranberries! Cranberry orange bread is an annual must-bake. (Soooo yum with coffee!) I like to think that I have a big enough appetite for all the fall flavors! I agree this is the most delicious time of year! Between the glorious bounty at the farmstand and all the holiday baking, I’m in kitchen heaven! I want to try every single recipe here except I’m still not convinced about pumpkin and chocolate. Pumpkin pie with a gingersnap crust though, that’s a definite YES. I also devour pumpkin curry, pumpkin soup and pumpkin mac & cheese (instead of risotto)! That black bean squash dip looks scrumptious, too. Definitely try the pumpkin roll, Sarah! I got into experimenting with them last year and even made a couple with different colored batter designs. I had a blast! I warn you that a powdered sugar cloud enveloped my kitchen when I turned the cake out onto the towel! (That wasn’t included in any of the YouTube videos I watched!🙄) A little mess won’t deter me! I’ve got birthday baking on my agenda this weekend-carrot cake and lasagna. Ooh, maybe I’ll sneak some pumpkin into the béchamel… Here’s to another beautiful fall day!💜🍁

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      Sarah
      October 5, 2021 at 6:41 pm

      Yes!! I totally agree- I love all the fall flavors: pumpkin, apple, all things cinnamon, cranberries! You’re making me hungry. I need to get your cranberry orange bread recipe. I’ve never had it before, but it sounds divine! You know I love a sweet something with my coffee and that sounds like it would be right up my alley. It certainly feels like kitchen heaven lately, doesn’t it? I’ve been frequenting my farmstand, too… though our garden is still giving us tomatoes and zucchini! How was the yoga event?! I’m nervous about the pumpkin roll. Ha! I know it will taste great either way, but it looks so intricate. I’m going to give it a try though! I’ll keep you posted. I love your idea of using different colors. I’ve had the dreaded powdered sugar puff cloud in my kitchen, too. I feel like that happens every time I make buttercream. Lol! Good to know for the pumpkin roll experiment. I’ll be baking this weekend as well. Carrot cake and lasagna?! I wish I lived closer, we could swap treats. Hope you had a lovely Tuesday, Peggi :)

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        Peggi
        October 6, 2021 at 6:03 am

        Ha. As a kid, I thought our cranberry nut bread was a special family recipe. Turns out, it’s on the back of the Ocean Spray cranberry bag. Womp, womp. No matter. Made with love (and one or two tiny tweaks), it’s still delicious!

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          Sarah
          October 6, 2021 at 7:25 pm

          Hey, whatever tastes delicious and brings back those joyful memories. I added a bag of Ocean Spray cranberries to my grocery list :) Thank you!!

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    Lauren
    October 5, 2021 at 8:23 am

    Pumpkin Crew reporting for duty! It’s funny how into pumpkin everything I am but I didn’t used to be. My mom brought me to the dark side. She’s the one in the family who will always try the flavors of the season. The year she bought pumpkin spice almonds was the clincher. I was sold and have been toying with pumpkin recipes ever since. I just picked up some pumpkin bisque from TJ’s that I plan on adding some protein and veggies to-Trader Joe’s in fall is epic. (Side note: I picked up some salted caramel hot chocolate too. I’ll keep you posted as to whether it’s a winner or not).
    All of these recipes look incredible, but I’m most excited to try the mookies, the roll, and the crème brûlée. Pumpkin and chocolate is the winningest combination in my book!
    We’ve had lighting storms since yesterday, and overnight had our first solid rain of the season. It’s definitely a full blown fall for us and I’m so excited! The kitchen is definitely a favorite place to be this time of year, and this year I’m looking forward to some fall pumpkin and apple baking. Thank you for the hoard of amazing recipes. Have a lovely Tuesday. Xo

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      Sarah
      October 5, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      Yay!! Hello and welcome to the pumpkin train! I was the same way. I didn’t crave these fall things until I started working in the food industry and pumpkin took fall by storm. Ha! Now years later, I still can’t get enough. Like your mom, I do enjoy eating all of the seasonal flavors. Pumpkin spice almonds?! You’re making my mouth water. Those sound amazing. I also bought the TJ’s pumpkin bisque (confession- that’s what we heated and took on our picnic last week). It’s really good! Let me know what you think of the mookies. They’re a fall staple in our house. I think we got your rain today. It’s raining right now and I’m pretty excited about it (although I was planning to photograph our front porch tonight). It feels like full blown fall here, too. We’ve arrived! Bring on all the pumpkin and apple baking :) Hope your Tuesday was awesome!

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    Danna F
    October 5, 2021 at 8:36 am

    You are right…it is the best season for all things food! You want to hear something strange? I like pumpkin bread, seeds, cookies, etc but do not like pumpkin pie. Crazy, I don’t know if it is a texture thing or what?
    I have 3 cans of pumpkin in my pantry now and cannot wait to bake something. Since I am the only one who enjoys the flavor I am still going to try a couple of your recipes. I tend to make pumpkin bread and freeze most so when my mom comes to visit, I share it with her.
    The chocolate pumpkin creme brûlée made my mouth water. “Mookies”…how did I miss this post? Gotta try! Love beer cheese soup and with pumpkin, it’s got to be delish! We love to put popcorn on top of ours instead of crackers.
    While in Florida last week, I enjoyed a hummus platter with roasted pumpkin seeds and it was the best. Still thinking about it. Yum!
    You have some great pumpkin recipes Sarah. Thanks for sharing. With your talents I know you will be able to make that pumpkin roll. Have a great Tuesday!

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      Sarah
      October 5, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      Fall is my favorite season for food. So interesting about your pumpkin preferences! I’m honestly not a fan of basic pumpkin pie either (it’s boring & bland to me), but I do like the ones that include an interesting crust, unique flavor, or add texture of some sort. I’m hoping the ginger one will be a win! My cans of pumpkin are quickly dwindling. Emmett has requested another batch of mookies this weekend as we finish the Harry Potter series. Haha! So sweet that you’ll have something tasty to share with your mom when she comes to visit. I’m super intrigued by putting popcorn on top of soup or chili instead of crackers… I’ve got to try that!! That sounds pretty genius to me. Your hummus platter sounds delightful. I love a crunchy pumpkin seed. Thanks for your vote of confidence for the pumpkin roll. I’m excited to give it a go. I suppose it will be tasty no matter what it ends up looking like. Ha! Happy Tuesday, Danna :)

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    Colleen
    October 5, 2021 at 10:01 am

    OMG so much yumminess here 😋 My mouth is watering and i could definitely devour all things pumpkin and squash. The scones I have to make, they look heavenly. Pumpkin ravioli 😍 yes, yes and yes. And that ginger pumpkin pie will be on my Thanksgiving dinner menu for sure ☺️
    And your pumpkin bruschetta will be an absolute must ❤️ I often make a tomato olive version that’s also delicious but this time of year I’m totally digging your recipe. It looks scrumptious. So many amazing recipes to try Sarah. Thanks so much! Cheers to fall, delicious food and enjoying all things pumpkin 🥂 Have a terrific Tuesday!

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      Sarah
      October 5, 2021 at 6:28 pm

      I’m right there with you, Colleen! Drafting this post definitely made me hungry. Ha! I’ll let you know how the recipes turn out as I try them. I think I’m going to make that pie for Thanksgiving as well. The ginger sounds so good. The pumpkin bruschetta is always a hit! I’ve yet to make that this year, but I probably will for my birthday dinner later this month. Cheers to fall and all the tasty things that come along with it. Since your Thanksgiving is before mine- let me know how the pie turns out :) Happy Tuesday!! xo

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    Erin | List in Progress
    October 5, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Yes! Team Pumpkin! These look delicious, Sarah. I want to try that pumpkin cheese soup – yum! Thanks for sharing your recipes and other ideas. I’ve been baking a lot of gluten-free pumpkin goodies lately and these are my favorites:
    Pumpkin bread – https://jessicainthekitchen.com/vegan-chocolate-chip-pumpkin-bread/
    Pumpkin energy bites (no baking, actually) – https://jessicainthekitchen.com/pumpkin-energy-bites/

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      Sarah
      October 5, 2021 at 6:26 pm

      Team pumpkin! Thank you SO much for sharing your recipes, Erin! I’m looking forward to trying both of those :) I appreciate you taking the time to comment and link. xo

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    Cci Haus
    October 6, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    My favorite pumpkin recipe (and a huge hit at Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving) is so easy – I can’t wait to make it again this year!

    1. Start with frozen phyllo shells (24), brush with melted butter and sprinkle sugar/cinnamon on top, then bake until crispy
    2. In a bowl, mix together large can of pumpkin puree, tub of whip cream and packet of vanilla pudding mix (add cinnamon & sugar or pumpkin pie spice if the puree is unspiced)
    3. Pipe mix into phyllo shells

    That’s it. It’s like mini all-in-one-bite pumpkin pies. They’re delicious and so simple.

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      Sarah
      October 6, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing! I can’t wait to try this. It sounds so easy and delicious :) Yum!!

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