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Pumpkin Recipes for Your Crockpot

posted: 11/03/16
by: Katie Morton
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October is pumpkin season! Kids (or kids at heart) love visiting the patch to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve. You probably know how tasty toasted pumpkin seeds are, but did you know that the whole squash is absolutely delicious? In addition to being flavorful, pumpkins are a nutritional powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.

If you've never tried cooking with pumpkin, you may be nervous about how to prepare it. We've got you covered--the ease of the crockpot makes perfectly cooked pumpkin virtually foolproof. Just prep your ingredients, toss them in the crockpot, and forget about them for the next few hours.

Below is our short list of simple, savory pumpkin recipes, which require little prep and taste amazing.

Breakfast Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Dessert for breakfast? Yes, please! Assemble the ingredients for this sweet recipe the night before and you'll wake up to a house scented with delicious pumpkin spice aroma. We guarantee that you won't hit snooze on the morning alarm.

Check out the full recipe for Breakfast Pumpkin Bread Pudding at Cook the Story.

Blogger Cook the Story recommends adding a cup and a half of brown sugar if you'd like a sweeter recipe. Or, to serve for a fall dessert, garnish with a dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

 

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Pumpkin Soup

This gorgeous soup is the perfect warming dinner for a chilly fall night. You can prepare the ingredients early in the day, then mix together in the crockpot for a savory soup at dinnertime. Serve with crusty rolls, a fresh green salad, and a warm mug of cider for a simple weeknight dinner.

If you'd like a richer soup, add a whole head of garlic to the crockpot, then garnish with a swirl of whipping cream and a dusting of tangy parmesan before serving.

Find the full recipe for Pumpkin Soup in a Crockpot at Party Bluprints. Blogger Party Bluprints says that this recipe freezes beautifully; just leave out the milk for best results.

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Pumpkin Chili

When many of us think of our crockpots one word comes to mind: Chili! Hearty chili becomes even more flavorful when you add pumpkin to the mix. This delicious recipe may be your next go-to tailgate favorite.

Serving suggestions: Add Greek yogurt, grated sharp cheddar cheese, crunchy toasted pumpkin seeds, a sprinkle of bacon, or for those traditionalists, crumbly cornbread. Check out the full recipe for Crock Pot Pumpkin Chili at Kiss my Broccoli.

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Pumpkin Risotto

Risotto is a fall favorite for a reason -- it's luscious and satisfying. Risotto's creamy base pairs well with any number of flavors, making it a supremely versatile weekday dinner option. This pumpkin risotto recipe is both gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Roast pumpkin and pumpkin puree combine to add depth to this dish, without the addition of meat, dairy, or wheat.

Check out the full recipe for Creamy Crockpot Pumpkin Risotto at Tasty Yummies. Blogger Tasty Yummies says that the key to a creamy risotto is choosing arborio rice rather than traditional long grain.

What are you waiting for? Time to dig that crockpot out of the cabinet and try one of your savory fall pumpkin recipes. We promise your taste buds will thank you!