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How to Roast a Pumpkin

Posted By Elana Amsterdam On October 24, 2008 @ 8:48 pm In how to,lifestyle | 76 Comments

cut pumpkin half

Because fresh food in general tastes better and is often cheaper than processed food, I have put together a short demo on how to roast your own pumpkin.

How to Roast a Pumpkin:


  1. Choose a firm, small pie pumpkin, not more than 3-4 pounds; smaller pumpkins tend to be a bit sweeter
  2. small pie pumpkin

  3. Rinse the pumpkin under warm water, removing any dirt or debris

  4. Cut the pumpkin in half on a large cutting board, with a sharp knife
  5. halved small pie pumpkin with knife

  6. Scoop out the seeds with a metal spoon, I use an old measuring spoon that has a nice edge
  7. scooping out a small pie pumpkin
    scooped out small pie pumpkin

  8. Lay the pumpkin face side down in a large baking dish
  9. Cover with ¼ inch water
  10. small pie pumpkin face down in large baking dish

  11. Bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes (depending on size) or until tender, using a fork to check
  12. Remove from oven and scoop out insides, discarding skin
  13. roasted small pie pumpkin

  14. Store in refrigerator in a glass mason jar
  15. Keeps for 5 days in refrigerator (at the ready for your pie, muffin and custard endeavors)

If you are in a rush, cut the pumpkin into smaller pieces and it will cook faster. The pumpkin in the picture above was rather large (for a pie pumpkin) and I cooked it for 1 ½ hours. This was far too long (I became distracted during the endeavor) as you can see the pumpkin is rather overdone. However, I think it will still be usable for various dishes.

The above pumpkin preparation technique applies to any winter squash: butternut, buttercup, acorn, kabocha, hubbard, and more. I often substitute these squash in my recipes that call for pumpkin which works very well. For another handy little pumpkin cooking how to, click here.

Here’s a list of all my gluten free recipes that call for fresh pumpkin:

Here’s wishing you much fun in your pumpkin adventures!


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