Easy Pumpkin Recipe

Fall in New England is always a great season for hunkering down in the kitchen, whether it’s with friends at a local cooking class or rustling up a great meal at home. And it’s the perfect time to take advantage of all the yummy veggies being harvested from our local farms – like the piles of pumpkins you see at every market and farm stand! Fun to carve? Sure, but even better to eat. Here are five pumpkin recipes we’re dying to try this fall:

For a hearty one-dish meal, we’re thinking this Pork, Poblano, and Pumpkin Stew from The Kitchn.

Looks amazing, right?! And they offer two versions, depending on how much time you have to throw it together. One important note regarding pumpkin varieties: make sure to purchase the sugar or pie category – not the carving kind – for the best flavor.

Looking for comfort food without the gluten? Check out Food and Wine’s recipe for Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread featuring yummy fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It’s pretty healthy too, using mostly brown sugar over refined sugar, and avocado oil, which is super low in cholesterol.

We’re always looking for new smoothie options, and love the sounds of this Pumpkin, Cashew and Cinnamon Smoothie recipe from Real Simple!

It has just 6 simple ingredients that you throw in a blender and you’re done in under 10 minutes. Out the door, you go!  

Who doesn’t crave a hot bowl of soup when the temps drop? From the ingenious folks at Minimalist Baker comes this crazy good recipe for Pumpkin Soup – and the bonus? It’s vegetarian AND dairy free!

Finally, it’s not really fall till we’ve had our first slice of pumpkin pie (duh). One of our favorite versions comes from Boston’s own Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery. Lucky for us, she agreed to share the recipe with the Food Network – check it out, here

Where can you find the best sugar and pie pumpkins in Watertown? Our two favorite places to shop are the Watertown Farmer’s Market, open through October 18th, and of course Russo’s