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How to Cook Pumpkin

Marybeth Feutz
Have you ever cooked a pumpkin? Get these easy tips on how to cook pumpkin and make your own pumpkin puree. You'll never go back to canned pumpkin again!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Side


  • Pie pumpkin


  • Slice off the top of the pumpkin (stem).
  • Slice the pumpkin in half from top to bottom.
  • Scoop out all the seeds and pulp. (Save these for later if you plan to clean and roast the pumpkin seeds.)
  • Line a lipped baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Place the pumpkin halves cut side down on baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, or until tender.
  • Remove pumpkin from baking sheet, turn cut side up, and cool completely.
  • Scrape the flesh away from the skin.
  • Use a food processor or a blender to make a smooth puree.
  • If the pumpkin puree has too much moisture, strain it through cheesecloth before using.
  • Use immediately, or freeze in Ziploc freezer bags in single-use size portions. (Cans of pumpkin are 15-ounces or 28-ounces. I freeze in either of these weights, measured with a food scale.)
  • A pumpkin that weighs between 2.5-3 pounds should make approximately 15 ounces of pumpkin puree.
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