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How to Roast a Pumpkin

Roasting a pumpkin is super easy and it freezes well. This is a simple technique for roasting pumpkins.  Use for all of your favorite pumpkin recipes.

How to roast a pumpkin, or any Winter squash. So easy and freezes well too!

Roasting pumpkins is super easy and the puree will keep in the freezer 6 months.  So if you have a pumpkin patch that gave lots of pumpkin babies, have a roasting party and stock up on puree for the Winter.  Smaller pumpkins are better than big jack-o-lanterns.  From this puree,  you can make cookies, pies, cakes, breads, soups and all of your favorite pumpkin recipes.  It’s also good for you, high in beta carotene so whatcha waiting for?

How to roast a pumpkin, or any Winter squash. So easy and freezes well too!

First cut of the stem, it’s easier, even though I didn’t do it, sometimes I just do things the hard way.  Then cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds and strings.  Not really the fun part, the strings can be a bit of a pain.  Next place the pumpkin flat side down and cut into wedges, being careful not to cut yourself.  It’s better to have a sharp knife as you are going to have to muscle through the cutting.  Then lay out on a baking sheet and roast for 35 minutes at 4ooF or until the pumpkin is fork tender.

How to roast a pumpkin, or any Winter squash. So easy and freezes well too!
How to roast a pumpkin, or any Winter squash. So easy and freezes well too!
How to roast a pumpkin, or any Winter squash. So easy and freezes well too!

Once the pumpkin is roasted, let cool and start cutting the skin off.  I like to use a small paring knife for this part.  Then place the pumpkin chunks in a food processor and process until it is a smooth puree.  You may have to add a little water to get the pumpkin to puree.

How to roast a pumpkin, or any Winter squash. So easy and freezes well too!
How to roast a pumpkin, or any Winter squash. So easy and freezes well too!
How to roast a pumpkin, or any Winter squash. So easy and freezes well too!

Scoop pumpkin puree into freezer bags, and squeeze the air out while making it lie flat as shown above.  Label and freeze.  When you are ready to cook with pumpkin, just remove from freezer and place in a bowl of warm water or thaw in the fridge.  You can also thaw on the kitchen counter for an hour.

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How to roast a pumpkin, or any Winter squash. So easy and freezes well too!

How to Roast a Pumpkin

Yield: 2 Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

An easy way to roast a pumpkin.  Use this for soups, purees, smoothies, pies etc.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium pumpkin

Instructions

Slice pumpkin, lay flat on baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes at 400F.
Scoop out pulp, blend in food processor, adding water if necessary.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

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sue | theviewfromgreatisland

Saturday 18th of November 2017

I love this ~ roasted pumpkin puree is so much richer in flavor than if you just boil the squash, I'd love to make your puree into a pumpkin pie, yum!

Jill

Saturday 18th of November 2017

I've made roasted pumpkin before but I've never thought about freezing it. I'll have to try this!

Tina

Saturday 18th of November 2017

This is great if you ever plant ONE pumpkin seed and get 23 pumpkins from it:)

Cathy

Saturday 18th of November 2017

I totally wish I had this after Halloween! I was trying to figure out how to roast one and got a bit overwhelmed. OH well :( I am saving this for next year though!

Deanna

Sunday 12th of November 2017

MMM Thank you!! I have always wondered how to roast a pumpkin this is great!

Traci @ The Kitchen Girl

Sunday 12th of November 2017

Love this. Love the pictures. Bookmarking and sharing. Thanks for the great post!

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