5 Fast Fall Recipes—One Can of Pumpkin Puree Required

Once the leaves begin to turn, cans of plain pumpkin puree take center stage at the supermarket. But don’t just think of it as a filling for pie. Use it as a nutritious addition to your favorite recipes. Need some inspiration? Try one of these dishes. P.S.: Make sure you don’t accidentally pick up pumpkin pie filling, which is sweetened and spiced!

Soup’s on! Adding pumpkin puree to soup can give it a thick, creamy texture without adding a ton of fat and calories. Melt some butter in a large pot and sauté some chopped onion and a clove or two of minced garlic; add about four cups of low-sodium chicken broth and a can of puree and stir. Let simmer for 20 minutes or so, then finish with a swirl of half-and-half and freshly cracked pepper. Like your soup on the spicy side? Add 1/2 tablespoon of curry powder.

Upgrade your oatmeal. Give your breakfast a pick-me-up by swirling a couple of tablespoons of puree into a steaming bowl of oatmeal. Drizzle with maple syrup and cinnamon for a sweet finish.

Bump up butter. Compound butter is super easy to make and will wow your dinner guests. Simply soften a stick of butter in a small bowl, then add a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin puree and a little sugar, cinnamon, and salt to taste. Stir to combine, then serve with warm, crusty bread.

Partake in a parfait. Is plain Greek yogurt a staple in your house? Kick it up a notch by layering it with pumpkin puree sweetened with honey. Top with sliced almonds or granola for a satisfying crunch.

Do a dip. Combine a can of pumpkin puree with a brick of light cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor, then add cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar to taste; pulse until smooth. Serve with apple or pear slices.