Making homemade roasted pumpkin puree is one of the most minimal-effort-for-maximum-gain-over-store-bought things you can do in the kitchen.

How to make homemade pumpkin puree step by step

Homemade Roasted Pumpkin Puree

You don’t even need to bother pre-heating the oven for this pumpkin puree recipe. Turn the oven on, put the pumpkin on a baking sheet and place in the oven.

That’s it, done. We’ll almost. You’ll still need to scoop out the flesh and puree it up after everything is nice and tender, but oh is it so good. Your pumpkin recipes will never be the same again.

Make sure to use pie pumpkins or sugar pumpkins, not the jack-o’-lantern behemoths—those big boys don’t have the best taste or texture. If you are roasting a large heirloom pumpkin, cutting it in half and roasting it on an oiled sheet pan, cut side down, will shorten the cooking time.

Freeze the Puree

You can save these in batches and thaw to use later. But when thawing, the puree will be slightly more watery.

How to make homemade pumpkin puree step by step

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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  • 1 small pie or sugar pumpkin (about 3 pounds – 1365g)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons (15-30 ml) brown sugar or maple syrup , optional if pumpkin flavor is bland


  • Turn the oven to 375°F (190°C); you do not need to preheat.
  • Place the pumpkin on a sheet pan and roast for about 1 hour, until it feels soft when you press its sides. Remove it from the oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • Split the pumpkin open and remove all the seeds and stringy bits, then scrape out the flesh.
  • Puree the flesh in a blender or food processor until smooth. If the pumpkin was a bit bland, add a tablespoon or two of brown sugar or maple syrup to the puree.
  • Pumpkin puree can be stored airtight in the fridge for about 1 week or up to 6 months in the freezer.

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 177kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 7mg, Potassium: 2313mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 57921IU, Vitamin C: 61mg, Calcium: 143mg, Iron: 5mg

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