51 Recipes That Use Canned Pumpkin and Are Incredibly Easy to Make (2024)

When it comes to holiday shortcuts, a can of pumpkin or pumpkin pie filling is super convenient, economical, and loaded with health benefits. Recipes that use canned pumpkin come in all shapes and sizes—from appetizers and co*cktails to main dishes and desserts—that you can enjoy year-round.

We've compiled so many easy recipes that use canned pumpkin—some savory, some sweet, and some even sippable—you'll find yourself opening cans of pumpkin well beyond Thanksgiving. Alternatively, skip the can and make your own pumpkin puree, which is the same as canned pumpkin.

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Pumpkin Muffins

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A great recipe to turn to when you have a cup of canned pumpkin left over, these pumpkin muffins make a smart grab-and-go breakfast or tea-time snack. Spread a rich cream cheese frosting on top for a sweet after-dinner treat.

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Pumpkin Spice Bread

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Pumpkin puree stars in this autumnal bread flavored with ground cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Suitable for breakfast or dessert, this loaf is topped with a sweet streusel that gets plenty of texture from raw pumpkin seed kernels.

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Turkey Pumpkin Chili

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If you’re looking for a dish that highlights the savory side of pumpkin, give this chili a try. It calls for a can of pumpkin puree, ground turkey, hearty cannellini beans, and spices like ground coriander and smoked paprika.

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Maple Pumpkin Pie

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Maple syrup brings earthy, rich sweetness to a traditional pumpkin pie. The velvety texture from a full can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling, oddly enough) works in tandem with the custardy accent of heavy cream and eggs.

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Pumpkin Cookies

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These cute pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies can be turned into pilgrim hats or turkeys with a simple switch-up of cookie cutters. Alternatively, use your favorite shapes to make tasty pumpkin cookies any time of the year.

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Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bars

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These gorgeous bars boast a Speculoos cookie crust, which pairs deliciously with the canned pumpkin filling spiced with allspice, ginger, and cinnamon. The addition of cream cheese makes it extra creamy.

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Pumpkin Grilled Cheese

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Got just a few tablespoons of pumpkin puree left in a can? Save them for this fun, nutritious take on a classic lunchtime favorite.

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Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches

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Canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice (homemade or store-bought) feature prominently in these dreamy cookie sandwiches. For easy party prep, whip these up a day or two ahead.

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Pumpkin Bread

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Another take on pumpkin bread, this one is subtly sweet and easy to make, requiring just 10 ingredients. Eat it as a simple breakfast, or enjoy it as a snack with a cup of tea.

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Pumpkin Bread Trifle With Pepita Streusel

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Use cubes from a large loaf of pumpkin bread to whip up this picture-worthy dessert made with layers of sweet streusel and a cream cheese-and-whipped cream filling. If you don’t have a trifle dish, serve this in a large bowl or glass jars for individual servings.

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Pumpkin Martini

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This riff on a Brandy Alexander is a decadent after-dinner sipper that calls for just a tablespoon of pumpkin puree per glass. It's also amazing with aged rum, spiced rum, or brandy.

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Pumpkin Pecan Crisps

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These delicious pecan-and-oat-topped custards are made with canned pumpkin. Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt for breakfast or crème fraiche for dessert.

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Pumpkin Cream Puffs

What to do with less than a can of pumpkin puree? Make some pumpkin cream puffs. These creamy orbs of pumpkin sweetness are a brown-sugar-bolstered dream.

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Pumpkin Caramel Pie Bars with Toasted Coconut

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With its buttery crust and swirled caramel-pumpkin filling, this rich dessert is a hands-down winner. It goes one step further with a caramel and toasted coconut topping. Yum!

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Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

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Wondering how to make a fall favorite faster? Use a recipe loaded with shortcut ingredients, like this one that calls for boxed cake mix, canned pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice.

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Pumpkin Leek Soup

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This soothing recipe was made for a cold winter evening. It doubles down on pumpkin by using canned and fresh, but fresh butternut squash works just as well.

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Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Bake a crunchy, butterygraham cracker crust, then give your oven the rest of the day off. This recipe's pumpkin puree and cream cheese filling just chills in the fridge to set, resulting in a pumpkin pie cheesecake fusion that'll please fans of both.

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

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We promised you some pumpkin pie recipes, but we betcha didn't expect a no-bake one. This pumpkin pie calls for a standard graham cracker crust, but the filling mixes melted white chocolate chips and cream cheese with pumpkin puree for a pie that sets in the fridge in 4 hours.

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Pumpkin Doughnuts With Sour Cream Icing

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You'll need a doughnut pan to make these baked treats, but it's worth it. Pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and orange sprinkles make these doughnuts a must-have fall delight.

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Spiced Pumpkin Cake

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This Bundt cake features a lemony glaze that balances its pumpkin puree and pie-spiced batter. This easy recipe is an elegant treat for an autumn breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

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Mini Pumpkin Pies With Speculoos Crust and Whipped Cream

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Who doesn't want an entire pumpkin pie to themselves? Make these little gems in a muffin pan, starting with a Speculoos cookie crust. A spicy-sweet pumpkin filling, a dollop of homemade whipped cream, and a sprinkle of crystallized ginger make these single-serving pies irresistible.

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Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Dump Cake

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While this dessert wouldn't win a beauty contest, it would surely take home the Miss Congeniality trophy because it's well-liked by everyone. The recipe tops a pumpkin-y base with chocolate cake batter, resulting in a pumpkin-pie-meets-lava-cake dessert that's a no-contest winner.

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Pumpkin Bread with Molasses

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Yes, another pumpkin bread, but this recipe sets itself apart with a dose of molasses in the batter, giving it a rich, pumpernickel-like look. Another unique ingredient is a cup of pumpkin pie filling—not pumpkin puree—which gives this loaf a dense texture and rich flavor.

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Creamy Pumpkin Casserole

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This flavor-packed casserole from Lexi's Clean Kitchen is beautiful, but that's not all. Made with canned pumpkin, spaghetti squash, and cubed pumpkin, it's a pumpkin lover's paradise!

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Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Popsicles

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Who says pumpkin puree is just for autumn? These irresistible popsicles from Salt & Lavender also include a healthy dose of crunchy granola and a kiss of honey. They're perfect for summer mornings...or any time, really.

Pumpkin Tomato Basil Meatballs

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One of the great things to discover about pumpkin puree is the wide range of possibilities when you think outside the can. Case in point: these sumptuous pumpkin tomato basil meatballs from Wholesomelicious.

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Grits

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Peas and Crayons found a way to work a can of pumpkin into a breakfast skillet. You'll find yourself looking to leave a little extra pumpkin puree in the can just so you can make these cheesy, warming grits (topped with a fried egg, please!).

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Savory Pumpkin Pancakes

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The kids—and, likely, anyone else in your household—will beg for a stack of these fluffy pumpkin flapjacks from Ruchi's Kitchen. Melt a pat of butter over the top, sprinkle with cinnamon, drizzle with maple syrup, and let the accolades roll in.

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Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork and Pumpkin Chili with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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We love the range of flavors in Half-Baked Harvest's fun take on classic pulled pork, including canned pumpkin, chipotle pepper, smoky paprika, and pumpkin beer. What's more, it's a one-pot, make-ahead meal.

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Pumpkin Tortilla Soup

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This Love & Lemons recipe calls for cubes of fresh pumpkin—but you can sub with about 12 ounces of pumpkin puree—to make this flavorful gluten-free soup. Stick to the vegan version, or add shredded leftover chicken or turkey for a heartier take.

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Pumpkin Spice Waffles

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Oat flour makes this iconic breakfast dish from Cookie + Kate more substantive than typical white flour, and it's gluten-free too. A touch of leftover pumpkin puree is all that's needed to add lots of extra flavor. Make an extra batch to freeze for an easy option on weekday mornings!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

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If modern-day coffee culture has given us anything, it's a think-outside-the-mug attitude toward the average cup of joe. A blender or food processor makes this pumpkin-accented coffee from Greatist super-frothy.

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Healthier Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Glaze

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Impressive but easy, these pumpkin cinnamon rolls from Knead to Cook are chewy, spicy, and full of pumpkin goodness. They're lower in fat but packed with flavor.

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Pumpkin Garlic Knots

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These knots from Handle the Heat are crisp on the top and bottom and wonderfully soft and pillowy inside. Serve them as a fun counterpoint to pumpkin ravioli, or whip them up on pizza night for a delightful pizza parlor classic.

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Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna

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Frugal Nutrition gives a classic Italian staple a twist with a healthy dose of spinach and pumpkin puree. Leave out the ground meat to go vegetarian, or swap it for spicy Italian sausage for a touch of heat.

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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Clearly, this isn't the whoopie pie we grew up with. The secret to these deliciously creamy treats from Self Proclaimed Foodie is an unexpected duo of applesauce and leftover pumpkin puree.

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Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo

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This healthier version of classic Alfredo sauce from Cookie + Kate features goat cheese and canned pumpkin along with a little flour and low-fat milk. The result is a thick, creamy sauce with less fat than the traditional Alfredo recipe yet plenty of flavor.

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Pumpkin Gnocchi With Sage Butter Sauce

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This recipe from Pinch of Yum yields a tender pumpkin-and-potato dough that's easy to roll out and utterly irresistible with a drizzle of sage butter. Bonus: Uncooked gnocchi freeze beautifully, so you can make a double batch and save some for another night.

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Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

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A Sweet Pea Chef's easy, healthy canned pumpkin recipe for overnight oatmeal may have minimal ingredients, but it maxes out on flavor and velvety-smooth texture. What's more, these oats are no-cook, make-ahead, and ready in the morning when you are.

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Chickpea Pumpkin Coconut Curry

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This creation from Emilie Eats is sure to become one of your favorite healthy canned pumpkin recipes. Warming spices add loads of flavor, while chickpeas amp up the protein. Try it on its own or over brown basmati rice.

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Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers

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Wholefully's pumpkin puree-spiked black bean veggie burgers, with extra-flavorful avocado and sea salt toppings, are bound to become a Meatless Monday staple. Make an extra batch of these freezer-friendly burgers for a quick and easy lunch.

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Vegetarian Pumpkin and Kale Pasta Bake

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We love this healthy canned pumpkin recipe from MJ & Hungry Man as a one-dish weeknight meal, and this is one of those that only seems to improve as leftovers. Sub in Swiss chard or spinach for the kale, if you like.

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Pumpkin Lentil Soup

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One of the easiest and most satisfying things you can do with leftover pumpkin puree is to whip up a pot of soup. Red lentils add a punch of protein and make this Salt & Lavender dish extra filling. Top with toasty, crunchy croutons, or go pumpkin-wild by pairing it with our pumpkin grilled cheese.

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Pumpkin Rice Pudding

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Our pumpkin rice pudding recipe gets texture from Arborio rice and a nuanced fruity note from orange zest and juice. It's a make-ahead dessert that'll make pumpkin fans forget all about pie.

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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

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Like Mother Like Daughter came up with this no-churn ice cream as an impress-your-guests dessert that requires only a few ingredients. Pumpkin pie spice plus crunchy bits of buttery graham crackers and pecans make it extra great.

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Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

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The combo of chocolate and pumpkin puree in this Self-Proclaimed Foodie recipe makes for a moist, velvety brownie and an eye-catching swirl. Just before serving, they're topped with toasted coconut, drizzled with reserved caramel, and sprinkled with flaky salt.

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Perfectly Spiced Pumpkin Scones

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Wake up to these spicy, sweet scones made with pumpkin puree for the ultimate autumnal breakfast. Inspired by Starbucks, this recipe from Inspired Taste tops these scones with a simple white glaze and a pumpkin spice glaze.

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DIY Pumpkin Liqueur

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You might want to skip the pumpkin pie and go directly to this creamy, decadent liqueur from The View From the Great Island. If rum isn't your preference, bourbon or brandy work equally well here.

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Pumpkin Fruit Dip

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This pumpkin puree-based fruit dip from Self Proclaimed Foodie may have you stocking up on canned pumpkin to use all year long. Whip up a batch for your next party and serve with sliced apples for dunking.

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Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait

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This healthy canned pumpkin recipe from Healthy Nibbles is layered with pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt, granola, and a surprising layer of fresh strawberries. This season-busting breakfast also works well as a healthy dessert.

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Pumpkin Hummus

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Once Upon a Cutting Board adds a healthy dose of canned pumpkin to a traditional hummus recipe. Set out a plate of fresh, crunchy veggies or toasted pita wedges with this easy riff on hummus for a tasty and good-for-you snack.

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