Roasted Pumpkin Purée

Roasted Pumpkin Purée is easy and so much better than canned pumpkin. Skip the can and make your own homemade roasted pumpkin purée from scratch! It can be substituted in any recipe calling for pumpkin puree! You can also roast butternut squash this same way.

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Like most, whenever I’ve made pumpkin pie I have used canned pumpkin purée. Why? Maybe because it seemed easier and the “norm” but I think that’s because, until recently, I never really knew I could make my own. I mean who hasn’t used canned pumpkin??

This pie making season was going to be different. I wanted to make this Thanksgiving pumpkin pie from scratch so I’m using this recipe for roasted pumpkin purée.

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I always use one 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 pound “pie pumpkin”. But I’ve also roasted two smaller pumpkins that were about a pound to a pound and a half each.  But you need roughly about 2-1/2 to 3 pounds for 4 to 5 cups of roasted pumpkin purée. I like to make enough to use in a batch of soup or to freeze for later for things like Pumpkin French Toast or Chai Pumpkin Pie.

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Remove the stem of the pumpkin, by twisting and pulling at the same time, this only works if you buy pumpkins with a longer stem, which makes the task a whole lot easier. Trust me. I don’t know if it’s because this pumpkin was from my Mom’s garden, but it wouldn’t budge. I had to wedge the blade of my chef’s knife and eventually it came off.

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Use a large knife to cut the pumpkin in half. If the pumpkin is particularly stubborn or your knife is dull, a rubber mallet can be used to tap the knife through.

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Once the pumpkins are halved and the seeds and fibers are exposed grab a spoon to hallow out the center and place the seeds into a bowl to save for roasting.

Try to remove as much of the pumpkin fibers and then soak the seeds in water and pull out any larger pieces of pumpkin. Eventually the pumpkin fibers will have sunk to the bottom and the seeds will float to the top of the water.

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Then brush the cut side of the pumpkin with olive oil.

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Next turn and roast the pumpkin cut-side down on a metal rimmed baking sheet for about forty minutes in your preheated 400°, rotating the pan half way through the cooking time.

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The pumpkins are done when the house smells of pumpkin, the pumpkin skin is dark and golden and when a knife pierces through without any resistance. Like buttah baby. Larger pumpkins may need a little longer.

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Let the pumpkins cool until safe to handle. When they were’t so hot, I flip them over to release any trapped steam and to cool further.

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Once the pumpkins are cool enough to handle, use a spoon and scoop out the flesh.

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Loaded all of the pumpkin flesh into your food processor, secure the lid and purée until smooth. You may have to stop halfway to scrape down the sides.

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My pumpkin made a little over 4 cups. I have big soup plans this weekend so I’ll be using all of this roasted pumpkin purée but you could use some now and freeze it in 1 cup batches for up to 3 to 6 months.

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The next time you are making a recipe that calls for canned pumpkin, try making this roasted pumpkin purée yourself. You won’t regret it!

 

Recipes Calling For Roasted Pumpkin Puree:

Traditional Pumpkin Pie

Nutella Cheesecake Pumpkin Muffins

Ginger Pumpkin Bread with Maple Brown Butter Icing

Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

Brown Sugar Maple Pumpkin Pie

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Pumpkin French Toast

Chai Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

 

Enjoy! And if you give this Roasted Pumpkin Purée recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Roasted Pumpkin Purée

Skip the can and make your own pumpkin purée from scratch! It's easy and only takes a few hours to roast and puree!

Yield: about 4 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 40 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour

Ingredients:

one 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 pound "pie pumpkin/p>

olive oil, for brushing

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400°.

Remove the pumpkin stem and scrub the pumpkins well.

Using a large knife to cut the pumpkin is half. Then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and place them in a bowl (if planning to roast later).

Then brush the cut side of the pumpkin with olive oil. Turn and place the pumpkin halves, cut-side down onto a metal rimmed baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes or until a knife glides through the skin and flesh effortlessly. Larger pumpkins may need a little more time.

Allow the halves to cool until safe to handle. Use a spoon to scoop out all of the pumpkin flesh and adding it into your food processor, securing the lid and pureeing until smooth. You may need to stop it once to scrape down the sides in order to get the pumpkin to be fully pureed.

Store in pre-measured, freezer-safe containers or bags until ready to use, you can store in freezer for up to 3 to 6 months.

NOTE: I use this method for roasting butternut squash as well.

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12 Responses to “Roasted Pumpkin Purée”

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    Turmericnspice — November 24, 2010 at 4:29 am

    love it…i can imagine the wonderful aroma….the house must be smelling so good….!! the puree looked awesome and loved the colors….!!

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    Kay Heritage — November 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Laurie, your photos are so great! I know I already told you that! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — November 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Tumericnspice~ My house was smelling good!! I can't wait to make the pies now and have my house fill up with the smell of pumpkin and pecan pie!!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — November 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Kay… Yesterday was off and on cloudy… which made it hard. Not to mention all that orange!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday as well!!

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    Pretend Chef — November 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Another reason why I'm hoping Santa brings me my food processor! Even though I won't turn it into a puree I will use your… um Alton's tips when I roast my pumpkin. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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    Laurie @simplyscratch — November 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Pretend Chef~ I know what your saying!! I hope Santa brings me new pots and pans and knives!! LOL HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 🙂

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    Nichole — November 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Ohhh – you make it look and sound easy! like buttah

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    Jennifurla — November 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I want to try this pie! I bet the flavor will be out of this world.

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    Carolyn — November 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Wow, good for you! I have yet to attempt roasting my own pumpkins, but at least now I have a place to look up how to do it!

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    Amanda — November 26, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    yumm, roasted pumpkin! wonderful idea to freeze it for later!

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