Canned Pumpkin – Why I Love It And How To Use It

Uses for Canned Pumpkin

When you think about pumpkin as an ingredient, what do you see? Do you dream of creamy pies, or warm and comforting lattes? What about savory muffins, or creamy pasta dishes? There are so many ways to use pumpkin in the kitchen, and I’ll be the first to admit that I hardly ever use it outside of pie-making. But autumn and pumpkin go hand-in-hand, so there’s no better time than right now to explore all of the pumpkin possibilities!

First, let’s talk about canned pumpkin. Yes, it is completely possible to make your own pumpkin puree at home. But it does take a bit of time to complete, and if my experience is anything to go by, your kitchen will almost assuredly need quite the cleaning after you’re done. ;-)

Read More: How To Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree & Pumpkin Face Scrub

Uses for Canned Pumpkin

But on the other hand, making your own pumpkin puree means you’ll know exactly what you’re eating. It may surprise you to know that many of the national brands of canned pumpkin are actually purees of one or more different varieties of squash, rather than actual pumpkin. So if you’re a pumpkin purist, making your own may be the way to go! But if the minor differences between pumpkin and other squash don’t mean much to you, reaching for that canned pumpkin will save you quite a bit of time and energy.

Personally, I’m a big fan of canned pumpkin! (Just make sure your can says “pumpkin” rather than “pumpkin pie filling.”) Canned pumpkin is packed with vitamin A, fiber, and potassium, and it makes a healthy and delicious addition to just about any recipe you can think of. Today I’m sharing a creamy pumpkin soup recipe that was a bit hit amongst the “OGT Team.” Be sure to keep scrolling after the soup recipe though, because I’m sharing even more delicious pumpkin recipes to get your creative juices flowing!

Uses for Canned Pumpkin

Creamy 5-Minute Pumpkin Soup


Uses for Canned Pumpkin


Add canned pumpkin, chicken broth, heavy cream, and pumpkin pie spice to a sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a simmer and stir regularly for about 5 minutes.

Uses for canned pumpkins

Top with baby arugula and pumpkin seeds, and serve warm. Delicious!

Uses for Canned Pumpkin

Here’s a collection of pumpkin recipes from around the web that caught my eye. There’s a little bit of everything in here, from savory snacks to sweet treats, so I hope you find something you’ll love. Enjoy! :-)

Even More Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

Click on the title of the recipe for full details and instructions.

Uses for Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte

from Mama Mommy Mom

Uses for Canned Pumpkin

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

from Nutritionist in the Kitchen

Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Sage Savory Muffins

from Love Food Eat

Canned Pumpkin

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

from Kevin and Amanda

Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Stuffed Shells

from Damn Delicious

Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola

from Minimalist Baker

Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Black Bean Burgers

from Sweet Miscellany

Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Meatloaf with Pumpkin BBQ Sauce

from Kath Eats

Canned Pumpkin

Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

from Jessica in the Kitchen

Canned Pumpkin

Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

from Desserts With Benefits

Canned Pumpkin

Soft Pumpkin Cookies (Gluten-Free and Vegan)

from Tessa the Domestic Diva

Uses for Canned Pumpkin

White Bean Pumpkin Hummus

from My Bacon-Wrapped Life

Uses for Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin Pear Tartine


Uses For Canned Pumpkin

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  • Think butternut squash can be used interchangeably with pumpkin, including therapeutic effects for dog digestive issues. Didn’t grow pumpkins but sure have plenty of butternut squash! And they endure almost all winter…but canned is also great.

  • canned pumpkin can be fed to dogs that have ‘digestive issues’ to help their GI system get back on track. It’s high in fiber and mild-tasting.
    I always a a can in the pantry just-in-case.

    • When I rescued my 2 cats from the ASPCA, my little boy cat had horrible diarrhea from the minute we came home. He was pretty bad off while there anyway. Well, I called the vet and he told me to give him a little pumpkin puree’. By early the next day, his issues were getting much better and now when either of them has any stomach upsets, I give them a bit and they are soon up and running around again! Thank God…I worry about them as much as I did when my kids used to get sick. I think they rescued me! :>)

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