When I think of fall, I think about pumpkins. Forget the fall leaves, the cold air that comes with the season, pumpkins are on my mind, including fall food recipes. I love pumpkin pie, however, there is more to pumpkins than just pie and making jack-o-lanterns. What I’ve got for you are some yummy fall pumpkin recipes for your pumpkin cravings to complete your fall meal.
Pumpkin and Spice Cupcakes
(this is very simple using only two ingredients)
- 1 package spice cake mix
- 1 canned pumpkin puree (15 oz)
- In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and canned pumpkin until blended together well.
- Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
- Pour cake mixture into the pan.
- Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees for 19 minutes.
Pumpkin Mac & Cheese
(unique, wouldn’t you say?)
- 1 pound whole wheat penne
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 3 rounded tablespoons flour
- 1 cup chicken stock (use vegetable stock if you want to make it vegetarian)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided
- sweet paprika, for sprinkling
- chopped parsley, for garnish
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and reserve.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pan. Whisk in the flour and cook for a minute. Whisk in the chicken (or vegetable) stock and cook until it has reduced down where there is almost no liquid left. Whisk in the honey and the milk. Season with the allspice, cayenne, nutmeg and salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until thickened and it coats the back of a spoon. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed.
- Preheat the broiler.
- Whisk in the pumpkin puree. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese until melted. Combine the pasta and the sauce and transfer to individual casserole dishes, or one large casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and sprinkle with paprika. Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve. (Taste and Tell Blog)
What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?
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