Today, October 13th, is the National Pumpkin Festival, so we thought we would demonstrate our appreciation for the vegetable by showing off its versatility! People often think of pumpkin a sweet, dessert ingredient to enjoy during holiday gatherings. However, the original pumpkin pie was actually savory. Pumpkins have such a rich and smooth flavor, it’s no wonder they are able to star in so many different entrées!
We have pumpkin mac and cheese, pumpkin stews, pumpkin burgers – you name there is a pumpkin version of it! To get into the fall spirit, here are the Food Monster App‘s heartiest pumpkin comfort food recipes. It is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
This colorful Pumpkin Pasta With Tomatoes and Basil is ready in less than half an hour, so it’s great for quick weeknight dinners! Creamy pumpkin combines with tomato and basil to make a bridge between summer and fall flavors. To give the pasta an extra boost of iron and to stick with the pumpkin theme, it’s topped off with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds!
Comfort food and pumpkins are a match made in heaven. This delicious Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie is packed with a spicy chickpea tomato filling and then covered with a layer of creamy pumpkin purée. It is the best food to warm you up on a cold windy and rainy day when the salad is no longer an option. Even though the ingredients list is quite a long, this recipe is super simple and easy to make.
This decadent pasta dish is the ultimate weeknight comfort food. The Pumpkin Parmesan Pasta is enveloped by a creamy, velvety pumpkin sauce and a generous sprinkling of dairy-free Parmesan. The sauce is made by roasting the pumpkin until tender and then blending it until smooth and luscious and combining it with shallots, chili flakes, garlic, and fresh herbs. A crumbly almond Parmesan on top makes it an unforgettable experience.
It’s easy to get caught up with all of the different flavors and textures of food and forget that at the end of the day, food’s most important role is to fuel and nourish our bodies. This Healing Pumpkin Turmeric Soup is a delicious immune boosting dish to help prevent yourself from getting sick as the season’s transition. It’s made with pumpkin, coconut cream, vegetables, and plenty of fresh ginger and turmeric. Top these with roasted sunflower seeds or some coconut bacon to add a savory touch to the soup’s sweetness.
Hummus is a go-to snack, a perfect salad or potato topper, sandwich spread, etc.! The list goes on! This Pumkincredible Hummus is creamy, lightly smoky, and showcases the brilliant flavor and color of pumpkin!
This Pumpkin Tarka Dhal is richly-spiced, creamy, and deliciously warming. Simple cooking at its best — you’ll want to make this a weekday dinner staple. Yellow split peas are cooked with warm spices and served with roasted winter squash. The tarka – fried spices – complements the pumpkin. Onion, garlic, and tomato, give it a really rich and robust sauce quality. You can either stir it into the dhal, or add it as a garnish before serving.
This Creamy Pumpkin and Spinach Lasagna is an extraordinarily healthy indulgence. A single serving packs nearly 11 grams of protein, more than 8 grams of dietary fiber, and more than 400 percent of your daily requirement for Vitamin A. Although it is labeled a lasagna for two, it could easily feed four people. Or you could save the leftovers for easy dinners later in the week. The only problem is, once you’ve licked off the last of the crumbs you might be left wishing you had made more.
When it comes to making veggie burgers, the sky is the limit. This meaty burger is made from a combination of pumpkin purée, tempeh, and kale, so it’s packed with flavor and nutrition. The herbs are standard and could be substituted for whatever you like best because the real star flavor is liquid smoke. These Pumpkin Tempeh Veggie Burgers freeze fantastically, making them great options for a mid-week meal when you don’t necessarily have the time to cook.
Chili is a classic, fall comfort food. This Spicy and Sweet Pumpkin Chili is not only hearty but also easy-to-make and easy-to-store for later. Make extra and freeze it to eat it all autumn long.
Yet another outside-the-box pumpkin recipe! These flavorful pockets of savory scrumptiousness are filled to the brim with seasoned and roasted pumpkin, pan grilled onions and mushrooms, wilted spinach, and cashew cream pumped up with ancho chili powder. Serve these warm Roasted Pumpkin and Mushroom Quesadillas with a sprinkle of cool cilantro.
This soup is not only delicious but the presentation of this dish is show-stopping! This spicy pumpkin soup is creamy, thick, and beautiful to look at. Impress everyone at the table with this Curried Pumpkin Soup that doubles as a centerpiece!
Mmmm, mac and cheese! This seasonal version is made with pumpkin puree for a boost of energy and a rich, orange color that makes you think of autumn leaves and decking yourself out in scarves and sweaters. This beautiful Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is a comforting, kid-friendly dish packed with nutrients.
Pumpkin and coconut milk are the chocolate and peanut butter of the savory world. The news hasn’t full broken yet, so the couple has yet to get the attention they deserve, but trust us when we say the pair makes for creamy, indulgent food like you have never had before. What better time to make this Hearty Pumpkin Curry than now when the vegetable is seasonal and fresh?
Love vegan recipes? We highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead Image Source: Pumpkin Mac and Cheese