18 pumpkin recipes you’ll enjoy just as much as a PSL

Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, these inventive dishes will give you all the fall feels.

In autumn, pumpkin is everywhere, from new classics like pumpkin spiced lattes to the somewhat unexpected, like creamy pumpkin pasta sauce and pumpkin-filled empanadas. And the number of pumpkin-containing foods seems to grow every year: Just browse the shelves of a Trader Joe’s to see what we’re talking about.

If you love to cook, try using canned pumpkin puree in some of your own traditional fall recipes: Stir some into chili to add instant thickness and creaminess, or add some to a quick-bread batter as a stand in for some of the recipe’s oil.

Prefer to go by the book? The SmartPoints®-friendly pumpkin recipes below will help you get your pumpkin fill thanks to pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin puree, or both.

As long as it’s unsweetened, canned pumpkin puree is a ZeroPoint food and an excellent source of Vitamin A. Just don’t be fooled by its grocery shelf neighbor, canned pumpkin pie filling; it’s loaded with added sweeteners (and hidden SmartPoints).


18 pumpkin recipes to try this fall


SmartPoints-friendly fall favorites:

When you feel like a fun treat:

For a teeny tiny taste of fall:

To start the day with pumpkin:

Easy peasy:

Savory and surprising:

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Leslie Fink, MS, RD has been working at WW for 20 years. In addition to her role as a WW Nutritionist and Recipe Editor, she works on food and program development for a variety of projects such as the WW cruises, WW Ambassador partnerships, WW Fresh, and WW X Blue Apron. Leslie helps bring delicious food and meal ideas to WW events, program materials, and more.