Have you cooked your pumpkin yet?

14 Recipes
We have a recipe for fun jack-o-lantern quesadillas with beans and cheddar.
(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)

So many pumpkin recipes, so little time


Unlike other winter squash, pumpkin season is rather ephemeral. By the time you eat your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, the season will be over. You want to be sure to have eaten it in some other form before then. Fry it, boil it, bake it, purée it. Make soup, ice cream or lasagna. Rich in beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A (important for eye health), pumpkin is also a great source of vitamins E, C and some B as well as the minerals calcium and magnesium. It is also a great source of fiber. Try any of these pumpkin recipes and you can potentially curb your appetite (high fiber), resist infections and viruses (vitamin A) and recover faster if you do catch cold (vitamin C). Or you can ignore these potential health benefits and just enjoy the yum factor. Bottom line: The time to eat pumpkin is now.

Roasted Pumpkin Loaves With Salty Spiced Bread Crumbs

Time1 hour 15 minutes
YieldsMakes 2 loaves

Badmaash’s Punjabi spiced pumpkin

Time35 minutes
YieldsServes 4 to 6

Pumpkin face quesadillas

Time15 minutes
YieldsServes 4 quesadillas

Pumpkin seed horchata

Time15 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 12

Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Time1 hour 30 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 10

Pumpkin tamales

Time2 hours
YieldsMakes 2 to 2½ dozen tamales, depending on size

Candied pumpkin (Calabaza en tacha)

Time2 hours
YieldsServes 12 to 15

Pumpkin lasagna

Time2 hours 30 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 10

Slow-rising pumpkin-thyme dinner rolls

Time30 minutes
YieldsMakes 12 cloverleaf or 18 dinner rolls

Pumpkin pie ice cream with pecan praline

Time25 minutes
YieldsServes 6 to 8

Pumpkin cheesecake

Time2 hours 50 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 12

Pumpkin-spiced French toast

Time24 minutes
YieldsServes 4

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Time5 minutes
YieldsMakes 1 cocktail

Pumpkin pie with maple whipped cream

Time3 hours 15 minutes
YieldsServes 8 to 10