How to Roast a Pumpkin and How to Make Pumpkin Puree

It is easy to make pumpkin puree and depending on prices in your area, it can save you quite a bit of money.

how to make pumpkin puree - a tutorial with pictures of each step

When you make pumpkin puree you want to use baking pumpkins instead of carving pumpkins. Baking pumpkins are smaller, more flavorful, and contain less water. Sugar pumpkins are my favorite baking pumpkins, so I grow them in my garden. If you aren’t a gardener, you can usually pick up a baking pumpkin for around$2.00 at farm stands, pumpkin patches and grocery stores.

How to Roast a Pumpkin:

Lay pumpkin on side and cut it in half crosswise before roasting it

It is easier to cut the pumpkin in half if you cut it crosswise instead of from the top to bottom.

Remove the pumpkin seeds - A grapefruit spoon can speed up the process

Scoop out the pumpkin seeds. If you have a grapefruit spoon it can help speed up the process. Save the seeds! Rinse them, let them dry, and then use them to make Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Place pumpkin halves cut side down on baking sheet.

Place the pumpkin halves, cut side down on the baking sheet. I cover my baking sheet with foil so I don’t have to worry about the pumpkins getting stuck to the pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes.

cook pumpkin until it is fork tender

When the pumpkins are ready, the skin will be darker in color and can easily be pierced by a fork.

lift the skin off the cooked pumpkin

Use a spoon to remove the pumpkin skin from the cooked pumpkin. You may be able to lift it off in one piece. If not, just use the spoon to tear off  the skin in pieces. Now you are ready to puree the pumpkin.

How to Make Pumpkin Puree - step by step tutorial

You can use an immersion blender, a food processor, or a blender to puree your pumpkin. Just use which ever one you already own. I pureed one half of the cooked pumpkin at a time using my immersion blender. You can use the puree as is, if you aren’t baking with it. If you are baking, you need to squeeze out the excess liquid before using it in a recipe.

How to make pumpkin puree and how to freeze pumpkin puree

You can freeze your pureed pumpkin. Measure it out into the amounts you use in recipes. Pumpkin Pie usually calls for 1 3/4 cup pureed pumpkin. Many of my recipes call for a cup of pumpkin, so I divided my puree into 4 baggies with 1 cup of pumpkin each. My 3 1/2 pound pumpkin produced a little over 4 cups of pumpkin puree.

How to Roast a Pumpkin and Make Pumpkin Puree
Recipe type: Vegetable
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Serves: 16
  • a sugar pumpkin
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cover a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half crosswise.
  3. Scoop out the seeds.
  4. Place the pumpkin halves cut side down on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minute or until the skin darkens and it can easily be pierced by a fork.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Remove the skin.
  8. Place one half of the pumpkin in a bowl, blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  9. Repeat with the remaining pumpkin.
  10. If using in baked goods, place the pumpkin in cheesecloth and squeeze out the excess liquid.
  11. Use in a recipe, or freeze it for future use.

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  1. says

    What a great idea… Thanks for sharing this simple tip that will come in handy; Pumpkin Puree isn’t cheap anymore and this is a great way to save and know what’s in your puree as well.. Love it. Saw it on pinterest and just had to come over and check it out.

  2. Joyce says

    Just baked a pumpkin & it has no flavor at all. I asked for a pie pumpkin at the market & was told all the small ones were pie pumpkins. You mentioned sugar pumpkins but have not been able to find them. Any suggestions how I can get that pumpkin flavor?

    • says

      I grow my own sugar pumpkins. Not all small pumpkins are created the same, I would recommend calling a few stores and seeing if you can find one that carries sugar pumpkins.

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