Seasonal eats

No matter what time of year, we love eating what's freshest. Here's our guide to the best fruit and vegetable recipes for healthy, seasonal eating

18 fall pumpkin recipes

It’s autumn's most beloved––but expected––icon. Let’s see what the pumpkin can really do

Pumpkin Purée
Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Amy Machnak

Pumpkin Purée

Skip the canned stuff and make a fresh pie filling with plump squash or pumpkin—both are in season now. This easy purée is delicious in our Pumpkin Caramel Ice Cream Pie and Pumpkin Brûlée Tart. To make it, choose a dry-fleshed baking pumpkin like Sugar Pie (Halloween pumpkins are too moist) or a dense orange squash like butternut or kabocha.

Preheat oven to 375°. Cut 2 lbs. pumpkin or squash in half with a large, heavy knife, then scoop out the seeds (save them for toasting if you like). Rub the inside of the pumpkin halves with vegetable oil and set them, cut side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until very soft when pierced, 45 to 75 minutes. Scoop flesh into a food processor and whirl until smooth. If the purée is watery, let it drain in a strainer for 30 minutes. Makes 1 1/2 to 2 cups purée

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