Though they’re well used in the UK and US for making scary lanterns to light up doorsteps every Halloween, poor pumpkins seem to get ignored when it comes to cooking. But, if you haven’t already, you’re about to fall in love with this underrated vegetable!
A great source of fibre, as well as many minerals and vitamins, they’re also rather versatile. They can be used in place of other squash vegetables and, given their sweetness, they also work great in many sweet treats.
Whether you get a whole pumpkin especially, a can of pumpkin puree, or use the flesh from your pumpkin lantern this Halloween, now’s the perfect time to try out this wonderful vegetable in a recipe or two. Below, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best to get you started!
1. Pumpkin Macaroni Cheese
You might never guess it, but pumpkin can make a great base for a creamy cheese sauce. This is a vegan Halloween twist on the classic Mac ‘n’ Cheese that’s as delicious as the original – and healthier!
- Try our Pumpkin Macaroni Cheese
2. Cheesy Pumpkin Ravioli
Pumpkin and cashews are combined together in this recipe to make a delicious creamy, cheesy filling for some simple ravioli.
- Try PETA’s Cheesy Pumpkin Ravioli
3. Easy Creamy Buffalo Sage Pumpkin Lasagne
In this recipe, pumpkin is used to create a puree that adds creaminess to this indulgent yet nutritious lasagne. A great twist on the classic Italian dish, this is sure to get you going back for seconds.
- Try our Easy Creamy Buffalo Sage Lasagne
4. Pumpkin Hummus
If it’s a talking point for your Halloween party you’re looking for, this pumpkin Hummus is perfect! Served up in the gutted pumpkin, it’s an ideal accompaniment to some fresh veg crudités.
- Try BBC Good Food’s Pumpkin Hummus
5. Autumn Pumpkin Pasta
There’s nothing more comforting on an autumn night than a big bowl of pasta! Coconut ‘bacon’ bits work together with the pumpkin in this dish to create a mouth-watering balance of sweet and salty.
- Try Avant Garde Vegan’s Pumpkin Pasta
6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
Combining two of the most delicious sweet treats, this cheesecake brownie hybrid is truly exceptional. With a hit of pumpkin in every bite, this is a wonderful Halloween spin on a classic brownie.
- Try Jessica in the Kitchen’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
7. Pumpkin and Chickpea Burgers
This easy veggie burger recipe is ideal for using up leftover pumpkin and a great way of creating a burger that’s a little bit different out from the regular (boring) bean burgers.
- Try Vegan Recipe Club’s Pumpkin and Chickpea Burgers
8. Traditional Irish Pumpkin Brack
Another recipe that utilises the sweetness of this wonderful vegetable, this is a vegan take on the traditional Irish Barmbrack (or tea loaf). Barmbrack is typically eaten at Halloween time, so including pumpkin in the mix just makes sense!
- Try our Irish Pumpkin Brack
If these recipes have got you thinking about trying vegan this Halloween, check out our free 31 day pledge to try vegan!