Pumpkin this, pumpkin that… it’s safe to say that pumpkin is as “in” as open shoulder sweaters this season, and probably will be for all the falls to come. But are we mad about it? Nope. Not one bit.
While you’re probably very familiar with sweet pumpkin recipes, savory pumpkin dishes are a less traveled by culinary path. So to help you and your taste buds live fall to the fullest, here are some super easy, super tasty, ways to enjoy pumpkin in savory form - all utilizing pumpkin puree!
As a pizza base: Whether you’re making homemade pizza, or a low-carb flatbread pizza, try making use of pumpkin puree as a pizza base instead of tomato sauce. Just spread it thin on your crust, sprinkle with salt, parmesan, reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, and your favorite toppings. Roasted veggies and bacon (of course) work particularly well here.
Add to hummus:Fall-ify store bought garlic hummus by adding a heaping spoonful of pumpkin puree to the container. It will add a pleasant sweetness and warm flavor that you’ll have a hard time getting enough of! Eat it with pretzels, vegetables, or as a spread for sandwiches or rice cakes. Heck - you can even eat it alone with a spoon!
Add to Alfredo sauce:Pumpkin and creamy, sharp cheese make for a beautiful flavor combo, so you can’t go wrong by adding pumpkin puree to Alfredo sauce. This creates a sweet and salty, cheesy sauce that tastes amazing both on top of pasta, spaghetti squash or any lower carb noodle. Try adding 2 tablespoons to every half cup and go from there!
Add to tomato sauce:Pumpkin puree adds a welcome warmth and earthy sweetness to traditional tomato sauce. For an even more interesting twist, try adding a touch of cinnamon and ginger! It will create a delicious, complex flavor reminiscent of a north African tagine dish. For each cup of tomato sauce, try using 2 tablespoons of puree.
As a mix in for mac and cheese:Not only will this add a yummy, light sweetness, it will also add vitamins and minerals. For a comforting, balanced meal, try adding 2-3 tablespoons of puree to a bowl of mac and cheese, as well as 1/2 cup of roasted broccoli, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top.
Try out any one of these ideas, and we guarantee that your love for pumpkin will advance to a whole new level that you never thought possible.
If you try any of these recipes, or have ideas of your own, be sure to snap a picture and tag us - we’d love to see the dishes you create!
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