How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour!

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you, a joy.  Rumi

 

My farmer friend, Amanda, gifted me a few heirloom sugar pie pumpkins. One variety is called Winter Luxury –just take in that name for a minute… the thought of a luxurious winter sounds warm and cozy, filled with loved ones, comforting food, and lots of leisure time.

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin

Sugar Pie Pumpkins are special.  They are in their own lane in the category of pumpkins.   They tend to be smaller than the traditional carving pumpkin, not stringy, more dense, with less water content which then bakes up into a velvety smooth texture.

How do you make Pumpkin Puree from scratch?

  1. Start with a pie pumpkin.
  2. Cut in half, scoop out seeds and pulp.
  3. Place flesh side down on a baking sheet.
  4. Roast in the oven.
  5. Scoop the flesh out from the peel.
  6. Place in a food processor or blender until velvety smooth.

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin

Baking pie pumpkins is a nurturing way to transition from the warmer months into the depths of winter.  The process of putting homemade pumpkin puree in the freezer to await winter cooking inspirations feels somewhat soothing.

Is Canned Pumpkin and Roasted Pumpkin the same thing?

The biggest difference in fresh vs. canned is that fresh homemade pumpkin puree tastes, well…. fresh!  It has a creamy velvety smooth texture with gorgeous vibrant color.

Sometimes canned pumpkin can taste more like the can than pumpkin.  You can use pumpkin puree made from scratch just as you would canned.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  With a good-sized knife, carefully slice the pumpkin in half.

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin

Scoop out the seeds (and yes!! you can roast these too!).  Sprinkle the pumpkin halves with salt.

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin

Place cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment or lightly oiled.  Bake for 50 minutes until they are very soft.

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin

Let cool.

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin

Scoop the pumpkin out of the peel.

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin

Blend until completely smooth.  Now it is ready to use in your favorite pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin Puree Recipe Ideas:

Use homemade pumpkin puree in

  • breads
  • cookies
  • muffins
  • pie
  • custard
  • soups, etc.

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin

Freeze the pumpkin puree in recipe sized useable proportions.

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin

Roasting pie pumpkins is an easy process.  It freezes beautifully, tastes incredibly fresh, and is intensely flavorful.  It is very satisfying to have pumpkin puree on hand for the upcoming holidays and winter cooking projects.

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin

Give this Pumpkin Puree Recipe a try this weekend and experience the difference they make!

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How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour! #pumpkinpuree #roastedpumpkin

Pumpkin Puree Recipe

  • Author: Tonia Schemmel | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 1/2 - 3 cups 1x
  • Category: puree, how to, dyi
  • Method: roasted
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

How to make homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch- a simple easy step-by-step recipe to use in place of canned pumpkin. Learn how to roast pumpkin, puree pumpkin and store it for future use, all in about an hour!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 or more Pie Pumpkins ( 33 1/2 lbs)
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half.
  3. Scoop out the seeds and stringy middle part.  A metal spoon works well here.
  4. Sprinkle with salt, if desired.
  5. Place halves, flesh side down, on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes or until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife.
  7. Once the pumpkin is cool, scoop out of the skin and process in a food processor or blender until completely smooth.

Notes

One small pie pumpkin should make enough puree to equal one 15 oz can.

Do a few pumpkins at a time and freeze in desired portions for later.

If once blended, your puree seems watery you can strain it through cheesecloth.  Canned pumpkin is more solid so this would be advisable for traditional pumpkin pies.  (That said I have had it work beautifully for pie just as is.)

You can definitely save and roast the pumpkin seeds!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 batch ( 3 lb pumkin)
  • Calories: 354
  • Sugar: 37.6 g
  • Sodium: 304.3 mg
  • Fat: 1.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 88.5 g
  • Fiber: 6.8 g
  • Protein: 13.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. Oh my gosh! I am so impressed with this article. It’s incredible. What a valuable piece of information that you shared with us!
    Information about Pumpkin Seeds

  2. I live in Brazil and am not sure if I can get these pie pumpkins. Would it taste similar to use butternut squash instead? I believe I can buy pumpkin, but I have no idea if they are pie pumpkins. Thanks for your help! I’m excited to plan out some of your meals for this week!

  3. A great help for picking fresh instead of canned pumpkins and how simple actually roasting your own is! I salvaged the seeds and roasted them as well! Thanks Tonia!