The best pumpkin recipes to help reduce food waste this Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about carving pumpkins and getting ready for trick or treaters! But, instead of throwing away your pumpkin flesh and seeds after carving, why not take some time to get creative in the kitchen and cook up some seasonal treats to enjoy?

We’ve put together a list of our favourite pumpkin recipes that not only taste delicious but also help you to reduce food waste.

Spicy pumpkin soup

As autumn draws in, the perfect dish to warm you up is a bowl of something hearty, like this spicy pumpkin soup. All you need is your leftover pumpkin, some spices, onion, ginger, garlic, vegetable stock, double cream, a pinch of salt and pepper, and of course a slice of toasted bread for dunking – perfect to brighten up a frosty day.

Pumpkin hummus

Got a spare ten minutes? This creamy pumpkin hummus is super quick and easy to whip up and it’s bursting with flavour! You can serve it with whatever you like – bread, carrot sticks, or even in a pasta dish – it’s a delicious seasonal alternative to traditional hummus and can really change the flavour of your favourite recipes.

Pumpkin pancakes with salted pecan butterscotch

Sometimes you just need to treat yourself and indulge in a big stack of pancakes. Be it for a weekend brunch or dessert these quick and easy pumpkin pancakes topped with salted pecan butterscotch are a great way to try something new and tasty. The kids will love them too, and it’s a brilliant way to sneak some Vitamin C into treats for your fussy eaters!

Pumpkin pie

For those with a sweet tooth, why not try your hand at making a traditional American pumpkin pie? This dish is a real autumn classic and can be served as an after-dinner treat or maybe for afternoon tea with family and friends. The sweet shortcrust pastry case filled with lightly spiced pumpkin and topped with a dollop of cream is bound to win you some brownie points!

Pumpkin and caramel cake

Feeling inspired by the Great British Bake Off and fancy trying a bit of seasonal baking? This pumpkin and caramel cake is an exciting twist on the traditional Victoria Sponge and is delicious served warm with a drizzle of cream or a scoop of ice cream, or simply on its own with a nice cup of tea or coffee – delicious!

Which of these pumpkin recipes will you be giving a go this Halloween?