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

Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Makes 2 loaves

Badmaash’s Punjabi spiced pumpkin

Time 35 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6

Pumpkin face quesadillas

Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves 4 quesadillas

Pumpkin seed horchata

Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 12

Pumpkin soup with toasted pumpkin seed pesto

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 10

Pumpkin tamales

Time 2 hours
Yields Makes 2 to 2½ dozen tamales, depending on size

Candied pumpkin (Calabaza en tacha)

Time 2 hours
Yields Serves 12 to 15

Pumpkin lasagna

Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 10

Slow-rising pumpkin-thyme dinner rolls

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes 12 cloverleaf or 18 dinner rolls

Pumpkin pie ice cream with pecan praline

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8

Pumpkin cheesecake

Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 12

Pumpkin-spiced French toast

Time 24 minutes
Yields Serves 4

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Time 5 minutes
Yields Makes 1 cocktail

Pumpkin pie with maple whipped cream

Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Yields Serves 8 to 10