Delicious pumpkin puree

Pumpkin puree is healthy and versatile. Especially in autumn, when the pumpkin season starts and Halloween comes knocking, you can choose from many pumpkin varieties. With our recipe, you can make homemade, pure squash puree in no time.

Try one of the many variations and serve the puree as a great side dish.

Which pumpkin goes best?

Pumpkin is a versatile vegetable that you can use for both savoury and sweet dishes. If you make it yourself, it has no additives like pumpkin puree from the supermarket.

The different types of pumpkin each have a slightly different flavour. Butternut squash puree and Hokkaido are the most popular. But all other varieties are also suitable.

pumkins

Making mashed pumpkin, all you need is a ripe pumpkin and some time. Baking it in the oven or grilling pumpkin makes it particularly aromatic, as fine roasted flavours develop. If you don’t have an oven or want to make a mild pumpkin puree, you can also boil or even steam the pumpkin.

Try the following mashed pumpkin variations:

  • As a simple side dish: season with salt, pepper and a little nutmeg. You can refine the puree with butter or a dash of cream.
  • Spicy pumpkin puree: a little chilli or cayenne pepper helps the spiciness
  • Exotic with coconut milk: In addition to salt, add a little coconut milk and grated fresh ginger to the puree. Season everything with a little lemon or lime juice.
  • Fruity: A dash of orange juice, salt and a pinch of nutmeg give the puree a fruity touch.
  • Mix with cooked potatoes to make a potato-pumpkin puree.
  • Add caramelised onions, garlic and chopped herbs and refine with milk or cream.
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Amazing match with roasted duck

What else can you do with pumpkin puree?

Besides the puree ideas mentioned above, you can use pure pumpkin puree for many other recipes.

  • As a soup base, for example, for our fruity pumpkin cream soup.
  • As a filling for a sweet pumpkin pie.
  • As a batter topping for muffins or covered pumpkin pie.
  • Sweet pumpkin jam
  • Pumpkin in bread dough for juiciness and a slightly sweet taste.
  • In vegan recipes you can substitute egg with pumpkin jam.
  • As a base for great pasta sauces.

How long does the puree keep?

The other ingredients determine the shelf life of your pumpkin puree. Pure, without other ingredients, it will keep in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. It should be stored in a sealed tin or bag. Adding ingredients such as butter, fresh vegetables or fruit will shorten the shelf life.

You can freeze the puree or even just the baked pumpkin as it is. This way it can be stored for up to 6 months. Pumpkin puree is also good for conservation.

Also try the Pumpkin and Lentil Salad with Feta, or Delicious Roasted Butternut Squash.

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Aromatic pumpkin puree, homemade

Mashed squash is am amazing side dish for many hearty meals and a must during the festive season. It is a versatile, healthy dish.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine International
Servings 750 g
Calories 70 kcal

Ingredients 

  • 1 kg pumpkin
  • salt
  • pepper
  • nutmeg ground

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 180° C / 160° C (convection oven).
  • You can leave the skin on the pumpkin. Cut it in half, depending on the size also in quarters, with a sharp knife and remove the seeds and the inner strings with a tablespoon. You can save the pumpkin seeds and roast them later.
    We show you 2 ways of cooking your pumkin.
    pumkin-lesh

Baked pumkin (more complex in flavour):

  • Place the pumpkin pieces with the cut edge down (skin up) on a baking tray. Bake them for about 30 minutes on the middle shelf until the pumpkin flesh is very soft. Take the pumpkin pieces out of the oven, let them cool briefly and spoon the flesh into a bowl. It should be really creamy and soft.

Cooked pumkin:

  • Peel the pumpkin or cut out the flesh and chop it coarsely. Put the pieces in a pot with 1 Tablespoons of water, cover with a lid and simmer them for about 30 minutes until soft.
  • Now the pumpkin puree is ready for further processing. Add spices like salt, pepper, nutmegs and butter or cream (see more tipps in the note section) and puree everything once with the blender.
    puree-squash

Notes

Ideas for seasoning:
  • You can refine the puree with butter or a dash of cream.
  • Add chilli or cayenne pepper for spiciness
  • Add a little coconut milk and grated fresh ginger to the puree. Season everything with a little lemon or lime juice.
  • A dash of orange juice, salt and a pinch of nutmeg give the puree a fruity touch.
  • Mix with cooked potatoes to make a potato-pumpkin puree.
  • Add caramelised onions, garlic and chopped herbs and refine with milk or cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 100gCalories: 70kcal
Keyword christmas, winter
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