26 Pumpkin Recipes That Aren’t Desserts

Pumpkin recipes are definitely part of the holidays, but (sometimes) it’s unfortunate that the majority of the pumpkin recipes we see are desserts. So I did some digging around and found these delicious pumpkin recipes that won’t have us guilt-tripping ourselves every fall. Enjoy!

1. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This delicious Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe from New York Times magazine is a delicious alternative to the two (or more?) pieces of pumpkin pie that are calling your name. Another great perk? It’s organic and sugar-free!

2. Savory Pumpkin Quiche

Savory Pumpkin Quiche

This beautifully delectable quiche will satisfy any pumpkin-lover’s craving! Feel free to switch up what kinds of mushrooms you throw in. Rachel Garcia from Taste of Home recommends it!

3. Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

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Garlic, sage, pumpkin, parmesan and nutmeg in the same meal? Mmmmmmm! Give this recipe a shot from Bake Your Day.

4. Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi

Hank Shaw from Simply Recipes is great at detailing out the instructions for this delicious recipe—pictures included!

5. Pumpkin Pie Spiced Granola

Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Granola

This lovely fall-flavored dish is a whole lot easier to make than an actual pumpkin pie, but it tastes the same! Taste of Home, you’ve done it again.

6. Pumpkin Pie Poptarts

Delish’s Lauren Miyashiro brings us one of the best thought up pumpkin recipes—the poptart. Is there anything that could make us more giddy? I think not!

7. Harvest Wild Rice Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette

I think the picture does this one justice—what a colorful and healthy way to use up your extra pumpkin! Get this pumpkin recipe from This Gal Cooks.

8. Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins

The name of these muffins has my mouth watering already! Katie at the Kitchen Door says these are both sweet and savory with a bit of heat from a little cayenne pepper. Switch up your breakfast routine with these and let us know what you think!

9. Golden Trio Chipotle Soup

Sweet meets savory in this delectable soup that will both heat you up and slow you down with its silky blend of fall flavors. Try this golden soup from Healthy Happy Life.

10. Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes Recipe

How come I have never thought of this before?! Mix some pumpkin puree into your mashed potatoes and add a drizzle of maple syrup. Be sure to read the whole recipe from Steamy Kitchen so you include the secret ingredient!

11. Roasted Cheese Pumpkin

Several cheeses melted and served in a pumpkin = best dip ever! Talk about a mouthwatering appetizer to start off your Turkey Day. Get the recipe from Campagnes at Food 52.

12. White Bean Pumpkin and Pork Chili

White Bean and Pumpkin Pork Chili | foodiecrush.com

Heidi from foodie crush hit the target with this incredible chili. Not only does she have plenty of notes but also lots of variations—including slow-cooker!—that are bound to keep you happy this season.

13. Pumpkin Buttermilk Biscuits

Pumpkin Buttermilk biscuits

September is not too early to start making pumpkin buttermilk biscuits from foodness gracious. They’re so good that the author recommends replacing your dinner rolls with these on Thanksgiving!

14. Pumpkin Tomato Basil Meatballs

This recipe is a wonderful fall twist on a classic dish. And who doesn’t love a good meatball recipe? You can choose between a stovetop or pressure cooker method with this recipe from Wholesomelicious.

15. Brown Butter Pumpkin Grits

Brown Butter Pumpkin Grits

These creamy cheese grits are swirled with brown butter and pumpkin. Toss a couple fried eggs on top and add the delicious spinach sauce and you’ve got a meal to remember! Check it out on Peas and Crayons.

16. Pumpkin Salad

There are more than just pumpkin seeds in this lovely salad. With spinach as the salad base and cooked pumpkin pieces topped with a honey balsalmic vinegar dressing, you can’t go wrong by putting this on your table. Check it out from Facty.

17. Pumpkin Energy Bites

Facty has a fantastic snack idea when it comes to these pumpkin energy bites. Just looking at the ingredients makes my mouth water! I can already see myself popping these babies on the go.

18. Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

This hearty soup will get you through the coldest months of the winter! Check out this recipe by Reedygal on Allrecipes.

19. Pressure Cooker Curried Pumpkin Risotto

Pressure Cooker Curried Pumpkin Risotto

Taste of Home really hits home with this delicious risotto dish, and it really gets a flavor boost from the curry included! Bound to be one of the best pumpkin recipes you could ever eat for dinner!

20. Pumpkin Ravioli

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The “flavors of a pumpkin are enveloped in tender pockets of pasta and topped with a decadent browned butter and sage sauce.” Oh. My. Heavens. Get in my mouth right now! Literally could not have described it better myself, Rachael Daylong!

21. Pumpkin Waffles with Orange Walnut Butter

Pumpkin Waffles with Orange Walnut Butter

Can you tell I really like Taste of Home? This pumpkin waffle recipe looks divine to start out with, but then add in orange walnut butter? Can we have this every day??

22. Pumpkin Hummus

Lena Abraham from Delish brings us this appetizing pumpkin recipe for pumpkin hummus. It walks the line between sweet and savory and will taste just as good with cinnamon-and-sugar chips as it will with bell peppers.

23. Roasted Pumpkin Nachos

Roasted Pumpkin Nachos

Nachos and pumpkin would not have been my first choice, but everyone chooses wrong at some point in their life, right? 😉 Four-and-a-half stars and 12 servings in under an hour will bring you this delicious dish from, where? Taste of Home, again. I love you.

24. Smoky Braised Mexican Pumpkin


“Mexican Pumpkin”? What? Though the title caught me off guard, the ingredients did not! Pumpkin with tomatoes, swiss chard, and chipotle-tomatillo salsa makes a perfect topping for a bed of rice or alongside some grilled or roasted meat. Martha Stewart, thank you darlin’.

25. Great Pumpkin Sandwiches

Great Pumpkin Sandwiches

This puffy layered pumpkin tortilla sandwich is bound to wow your guests! It’s seasoned with onion and garlic and absolutely LOADED with melted cheddar cheese. HELLO FALL and thank you Taste of Home!

26. Savory Pumpkin Pizza

Savory Pumpkin Pizza | lovelolablog.com

This pumpkin pizza recipe from Love Lola is so tempting! I dare you to try and see if you have any leftovers when all is said and done. Fall comfort food to the max!

What other pumpkin recipes do you like? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “26 Pumpkin Recipes That Aren’t Desserts

    1. Pumpkin is delicious! I always have leftover pumpkin though so I was excited to find other things to use it for. Let me know how they turn out!

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