Pumpkins Can Be Used for More than Just Jack-O-Lanterns this Fall

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 by 2 Comments
Pumpkins Can Be Used for More than Just Jack-O-Lanterns this Fall

Halloween is here and soon there will be loads of pumpkins just sitting there waiting to rot away. There is so much more that we can do with pumpkins during autumn than just make jack-o-lanterns, though I must admit, we do thoroughly enjoy making wild jack-o’-lanterns every Halloween here at our house.

I decided to find some ways to put those pumpkins to use. I’m sick of wasting them. Pumpkin is a great fruit and a healthy source of vitamin A. Here is a fabulous recipe that I found in my Yum magazine.

Just imagine a warm bowl of creamy pumpkin soup on a cold autumn day. Sounds just about perfect to me.

Prep Time: 20 minutes  Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of canned pumpkin or fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled bacon


  1. Heat a medium-size saucepan over low heat. Add garlic and butter. Cook until softened, being careful not to burn. Add the chicken broth and pumpkin. Bring to a low boil. Turn off heat and let the mixture rest until it is warm.
  2. Carefully pour cooled mixture into a blender. Add milk, pumpkin pie spice, salt, pepper and sour cream. Continue blending until well combined.
  3. Once blended, place mixture in a clean saucepan and heat through.
  4. Serve warm, garnished with crumbled bacon and shredded Parmesan.

What’s your favorite soup recipe for brisk autumn days?

 Photo Source: Thomas Hawk

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Deborah Cruz

Deborah Cruz, aka Truthful Mommy, is the creator of the magic that is The TRUTH about Motherhood. She is a wife, a writer, fashionista, and semi-crunchy, work-at-home Ninja Mommy living in the Midwest with her two beautiful girls and her husband. Waiting on her children in pick up lines, she can likely be found chirping on Twitter and engaging on Facebook

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  • Ruby T.

    Sounds heavenly. But what’s the easiest way to prep your pumpkin to go from jack o’lantern to puree?

  • http://www.adventuresinbabywearing.com/ Adventures In Babywearing

    I love making roasted squash soup but have never tried pumpkin!