Coat the inside of the pumpkin with half the melted margarine, then sprinkle the inside with salt and pepper.
Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
In a saucepan, saute mixed vegetables in remaining margarine for about 5 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Pour broth, vegetables and rice into the pumpkin. Return filled pumpkin to the oven with the lid on top and bake about 1 hour or until the pumpkin is tender, but not too soft.
Place the whole pumpkin on the table and ladle soup into bowls.
Tip: Spiced Pumpkin Seeds Toss dried pumpkin seeds melted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt , add nuts, spread back on sheet and toast in 350 oven for 5-8 minutes, until toasted and fragrant.
Tip: Bake your favorite pie in a pumpkin! Scoop out a pumpkin, use your favorite pie crust, your favorite filling, and bake as recommended in your favorite recipe, until crust is brown and filling is set
Recipe Courtesy of Curtis Akins