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How to Cook a Pumpkin + Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Learn exactly how to cook a pumpkin and make easy homemade pumpkin puree! Pumpkins can be intimidating, but in this easy step-by-step tutorial you'll learn exactly how to cut, dice & roast a pumpkin for cooking and baking. Use your homemade pumpkin puree for all of your favorite pumpkin recipes!

Course Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Paleo, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade pumpkin puree, how to cook a pumpkin, how to roast a pumpkin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 94 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 (3-6 pound) sugar pumpkin (or pie pumpkin)
  • 1/2 tablespoon melted butter, coconut oil or olive oil
  • For sweet recipes (optional):
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • For savory recipes (optional):
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Use a very sharp knife to cut the pumpkin in half on one side of the stem (with stem facing upward).
  2. Use a spoon to scoop out the pumpkin seeds and discard or save for roasting later.
  3. If you're making a sweet recipe, rub the pumpkin with melted butter, coconut oil or olive oil, then rub brown sugar into each pumpkin and sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. For a savory recipe, rub the pumpkin with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper.

  4. Place pumpkin flesh side down on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Roast at 375 degrees F for 40-50 minutes or until fork tender. Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes.

  6. Peel off skin and then add pumpkin flesh to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Makes about 4 cups of pumpkin puree (depending on how big your pumpkin is of course!)

Recipe Notes

To store: once your pumpkin puree has completely cooled, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To freeze: instead of putting your containers of pumpkin puree in the fridge place them in the freezer for up to 6 months. Simply thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before using it.

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook a Pumpkin + Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Amount Per Serving (1 cup pumpkin puree)
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 24
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.7g4%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.