Are you going #PumpkinCrazy like me at the moment? Oh, come on…. of course you are.
We’re deep into October now and that means it’s the season of #PumpkinEverything: homemade pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice hot chocolate, grain-free pumpkin spice muffins, dairy-free pumpkin spice ice cream, pumpkin spice smoothie, paleo pumpkin chili, Thai pumpkin curry, roasted pumpkin soup, and fruit-free pumpkin smoothies.
You know what you need for all those fall recipes? Pumpkin puree!
In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you How to Make Pumpkin Puree From Scratch – in 8 simple steps! After this, you’ll never resort back to canned pumpkin again!
Step 1: Get a fresh pumpkin and get your oven ready!
I like to start with a small 3 – 5 pound pumpkin pie pumpkin. These pumpkins are easy to slice and roast and tend to have the best flavor. Since they’re so small, you can also cook several at a time and then have plenty of pumpkin puree to freeze for later!
Start preheating the oven to 375 degrees F now so it will be ready for roasting!
Step 2: Slice off the bottom and top of the pumpkin.
Since the pumpkin is round, be sure to practice good knife skills and be careful not to let it slip. I recommend starting with a sharp knife as this will increase the chances you’ll be able to cut the pumpkin with minimal effort and it will decrease the chances you’ll cut yourself by accident.
Step 3: Slice the pumpkin in half.
Step 4: Scoop the seeds out.
Be sure to reserve these for later so you can make my favorite spicy roasted pumpkin seeds.
Step 5: Line a baking sheet with foil and lay the pumpkin cut-side down.
Step 6: Roast the pumpkin!
Roast at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes – 1 hour, or until the pumpkin is fork tender. You’ll know it’s ready when the pumpkin and skin are soft.
Step 7: Remove the skin.
It should be very easy to pull the skin off with a spoon. (If you’re doing this right after removing it from the oven, be careful not to touch the pumpkin as it will be hot!)
Step 8: Blend it up!
Add the pumpkin flesh to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Depending on how long the pumpkin was cooking, you might need to add a bit of water to help process it.
And that’s it! Now you’re ready to make pumpkin puree from scratch and have fresh pumpkin all season long!0