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Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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It wouldn't be fall without a whole lot of pumpkin mania, and we're officially obsessed with pumpkins in every way. In additon to picking them, carving them and decorating with them, we're also planning to do a lot of cooking with them. From pumpkin bars and muffins to soups, pastas and pies, there are about a zillion ways to cook a pumpkin perfectly, and we're happy to share a few of our favorites with you.

You can whip up most of these recipes with baking pumpkins at your nearby grocery store, or with pumpkin puree or fresh pumpkin in a can. Whether you prefer your pumpkin cooked sweet or savory, you have options galore with these perfect pumpkin recipes for fall. These recipes are ideal for family dinners, neighborhood potlucks or your upcoming Halloween party, and they're delicious just about any time of day.

Happy Fall, and Happy Pumpkin Season!  

Pumpkin Bars
These heavenly pumpkin bars come straight from Paula Deen's kitchen, and come topped with a perfectly rich and creamy, cream cheese frosting that you'll be swooning over, all season long. Whip these up for a Halloween party or family gathering, or for a fun and seasonal dessert for the family.

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins
Talk about merging two of your favorite fall flavors! These decadent and flavorful muffins combine the perfect texture of cooked apples with delicious pumpkin for a sweet breakfast treat on crisp, autumn mornings.

Pumpkin Soup
This easy pumpkin soup recipe is beautiful to look at, and deeply satisfying to eat. Prep this soup in 5 minutes or less, then cook for about an hour, and fill your home with the inviting aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg and spice. A wonderful soup for cold evenings, you can also serve this at holiday gatherings for a warm treat.

Pumpkin Bread
We've tried a lot of pumpkin bread in our day (read: it's our favorite), but this recipe has to take the win. Perfect pumpkin flavor and a moist center mean you'll never have a dried out loaf on your hands, and each bite manages to be sweet without being overbearing. You'll love eating it as a snack or for breaktfast with a warm cup of cinnamon tea.

Creamy Pumpkin Sauce
When you need a hardy meal on a cold night, this creamy pumpkin sauce will perfectly complement cheese or pumpkin ravioli. Creamy and thick without feeling heavy or too rich, this creamy pumpkin sauce recipe will taste great on your favorite pasta noodles.

Pumpkin Pasta
If you like to make your pasta from scratch, you'll want to immediately add this easy pumpkin pasta recipe to your arsenal. Simple and so delicious, you'll want to pair this recipe with simple toppings like a warm butter sauce or fresh pesto to bring out the rustic flavors in the noodles.

Pumpkin Pancakes
Light, fluffy and full of sweet, pumpkin flavor, your entire family will love sitting down to pumpkin pancakes, any day of the week. Save this recipe for Thanksgiving morning, Halloween morning or your next family brunch, and you'll satisfy the crowd without much fuss.

Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Perfect for a Halloween party or fall potluck, this robust chili recipe packs a pumpkin-y surprise punch that adds delcious, unexpected flavor. The recipe is simple to execute by cooking in your slow cooker, and you won't have to spend hours slaving over a hot stove. 

Pumpkin Pie
We couldn't give you perfect pumpkin recipes without sharing our preferred pumpkin pie recipe, and this is it. You'll have to set aside time to make this one, but it'll be worth the work and the time involved. From the crisp crust to the creamy pie center, this recipe is the epitome of perfection, and we think your entire family will agree.

Photo | Once Upon a Chef/Pumpkin Pie

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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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