Things to Make with Canned Pumpkin

Make the most of pumpkin this fall in pasta, scones, spice cake and more from Food Network Magazine.
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Apple-Bacon Soup (No. 2)

Simmer one 15-ounce can pumpkin, 2 cups chicken broth, 1/2 cup cream, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, whisking, 5 minutes. Cook 1 cubed apple in butter until soft. Top the soup with the apple and crumbled cooked bacon.

Pasta Alfredo (No. 5)

Saute 10 sage leaves in 2 tablespoons butter. Whisk in 1 cup each pumpkin and cream, and a pinch of nutmeg; simmer 5 minutes. Toss with 12 ounces cooked pasta. Top with grated Parmesan.

Twice-Baked Potatoes (No. 15)

Pierce 4 potatoes with a fork; bake at 400 degrees F, 45 minutes. Halve and scoop out the flesh; mash with 1/2 cup each pumpkin, sour cream and shredded cheddar, 1/2 stick butter, 2 chopped scallions, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and a pinch of nutmeg. Spoon into the potato skins; bake 20 minutes.

Spice Cake (No. 40)

Beat 1 stick softened butter and 3/4 cup sugar with a mixer until fluffy, then beat in 2 eggs, 1/2 cup pumpkin and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Sift 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon each baking powder and baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Bake in an oiled 8-inch-square baking dish at 350 degrees F, 25 minutes.

Cupcakes (No. 41)

Beat 2 sticks softened butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar with a mixer until fluffy, then beat in 4 eggs, 1 cup pumpkin and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Sift 2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, 1 teaspoon each baking powder and baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir into the pumpkin mixture. Bake in 18 lined muffin cups, 25 minutes. Cool. Beat 8 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 stick softened butter, 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla; spread on the cupcakes.

Scones (No. 44)

Whisk 2 cups flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Work in 1 stick cubed cold butter with a pastry blender. Whisk 2/3 cup pumpkin and 3/4 cup cream; stir into the flour mixture. Pat into an 8-inch square on a floured surface, then cut into 16 triangles. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F, 20 minutes.

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