Homemade Pumpkin Puree
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Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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Pumpkin. It’s an autumn tradition… religion? Depending on your obsession with fall, it might actually be a minor religion. Anyway, roasting and pureeing your own pumpkin will impress your friends, level up your seasonal obsession, and just make you a better person.

Let’s do this.

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree


I’ll keep this brief. Slice your pumpkin like you’re showing off with a katana… I’m the only one who’s done that? Fine.

Slice it in half at the equator and scape out the pumpkin guts and seeds.

Save the seeds and roast them! Here’s how!

Once cut and cleaned, place face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (the paper just makes the cleanup easier).

Bake in the oven at 350*F/176*C for forty-minutes, or until it’ s soft when stabbed with a fork

Scrape out all the pumpkin meat and puree in a food processor.

Now, go make all the pumpkin things!



I don’t have a food processor, can I use my blender?

Possibly. It’ll be much harder because blenders are designed to pull liquid in and push it back out of a vortex. This usually means substances that aren’t liquids get stuck and “float” just out of the blade’s reach. You’ll just need some extra determination.

Can I smash the pumpkin with a potato masher?

Absolutely. I’m actually jealous of the workout you’re about to get. I’ve done it. It just takes some serious commitment. Pick a bowl that won’t tip before you go crazy. It’s worth noting that your potato-mashed puree won’t be quite as silky smooth as it would be in a food processor.


Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Roll

Butternut Squash Puree (this can be used as a tasty alternative to pumpkin puree in any recipe)

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

  • Author: Ben
  • Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


Easy homemade pumpkin puree is packed with fresh flavors and ready to use in your favorite fall recipes.


  • 1 Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin


  1. Preheat your oven to 350*F (176*C)
  2. Slice your pumpkin pie pumpkin in half at the equator.
  3. Scrape out your pumpkin guts and seeds.
  4. Place face down on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 40-minutes or until soft when poked with a fork.
  6. Let cool for 10-minutes.
  7. Scoop out the pumpkin and place in a food processor. Puree on high for 2-minutes or until smooth and silky
  8. Enjoy the fresh flavors of homemade pumpkin puree in your favorite drinks, desserts, or sides!


  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 42 minutes
  • Category: Kitchen Basics
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin puree, pumpkin, fall

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