Healthy Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make in Just 30 Minutes (or Less)

Pumpkin Spread in a bowl
Photo: Blaine Moats

Whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack, there's a way to add pumpkin to every meal of the day. All of our healthy canned pumpkin recipes are super speedy (canned pumpkin is usually quicker than fresh), but there are a couple of fresh pumpkin recipes mixed in, too. You'll find healthy pumpkin soup recipes, healthy pumpkin muffins, and more.

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Pumpkin, Barley, and Sage Soup

Pumpkin, Barley, and Sage Soup
Andy Lyons

This hearty pumpkin soup recipe will warm you from the inside out. The quick-cooking barley allows your pumpkin soup to come together super fast. Plus, you'll get an extra boost of fiber from the hearty whole grain. A hint of maple syrup and vinegar add a perfect sweet and tangy touch to this savory pumpkin recipe.

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Pumpkin-Apple Quick Oatmeal

Pumpkin-Apple Quick Oatmeal
Kritsada Panichgul

If you're not a coffee drinker, there's a way to have pumpkin for breakfast that doesn't involve a pumpkin spice latte. Just add a scoop of canned pumpkin to your morning oatmeal! Stir in dried apples and a few fall spices, and you'll have a healthy bowl of oatmeal ready in just 15 minutes.

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Pork and Pumpkin Noodle Bowl

Pork and Pumpkin Noodle Bowl
Andy Lyons

Canned pumpkin goes savory instead of sweet in this healthy pumpkin recipe. If you're stuck brainstorming fall dinners, mix pumpkin with soy sauce, garlic, and water to turn it into a savory sauce. Serve over pork loin and linguine with a few crumbles of blue cheese for the tastiest pasta night of the season.

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Coconut-Pumpkin Soup

Coconut-Pumpkin Soup
Jason Donnelly

Spice up your usual pumpkin soup recipe by making this version with jalapeño peppers and coconut milk. This pumpkin soup tastes rich and creamy but uses light coconut milk and fresh ingredients like carrots and bell peppers to make it healthy enough that you can go back for guilt-free seconds. The best part? This healthy pumpkin recipe takes just 25 minutes to make!

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Macaroni Alfredo with Pumpkin and Kale

Macaroni Alfredo with Pumpkin and Kale
Hannah Bigot

Not quite macaroni and cheese and not quite traditional Alfredo sauce, this pumpkin macaroni is even better than either one. Start with whole-grain (or gluten-free) macaroni, then make a creamy sauce with a splash of white wine, evaporated milk, and a scoop of canned pumpkin. Add fresh kale to the mix, and this ultra comforting fall dinner just got healthier.

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Pumpkin Spread

Pumpkin Spread in a bowl
Blaine Moats

Even if you're not serving pumpkin as your main entrée, you can still include it on the menu throughout the season by making a batch of this pumpkin spread. Almost like pumpkin hummus, this recipe blends cannellini beans, canned pumpkin, and a few spicy seasonings to make this fiery orange spread. Include it on your dinner table with pita wedges for a quick appetizer. Or spread some on toast for a quick pumpkin snack.

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes
Andy Lyons

Even on chilly fall mornings, it'll be all smiles at the breakfast table when you flip these healthy pumpkin pancakes onto plates. Canned pumpkin flavors the batter, but a few autumn spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger) help bring a taste of fall to your breakfast. Serve with toasted pumpkin seeds and maple syrup for a super-delish breakfast to start your day on the right note.

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Roasted Pumpkin Guacamole

Roasted Pumpkin Guacamole
Reed Davis

A few chips and guacamole never hurt, especially when you make this fall-inspired pumpkin recipe. Instead of mashing your avocados to mush, leave the cubes a little chunky and mix them with pumpkin, jalapeño peppers, and crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds for a mouthwatering dip that will seriously test the strength of your chips. Who knew avocado and pumpkin would be a match made in appetizer heaven?

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Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Croutons

Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Croutons
Andy Lyons

This healthy pumpkin recipe is filled to the brim with canned pumpkin, carrots, celery, and seasonings. It's delicious all on its own, but it's worth the extra effort to serve it with spiced croutons on top. As the soup simmers, toss bread cubes with pumpkin pie spice and butter for fall-flavor croutons that will add crunch to your bowl of soup. Yes, you'll still be able to make this meal in 30 minutes.

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Blueberry-Pumpkin Muffins

Blueberry-Pumpkin Muffins
Blaine Moats

OK, we'll be honest. These healthy pumpkin muffins will take you a little bit longer than 30 minutes to make (38 minutes total, to be exact). But the recipe is so good, we just couldn't leave them out. Canned pumpkin and fresh blueberries both play a role in these delicious muffins, and they're healthy enough to grab for breakfast or a snack without a second thought.

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Harvest Spice Smoothies

Harvest Spice Smoothies on blue napkin
Jason Donnelly

This morning smoothie really is faster than stopping for a PSL. Full of good-for-you ingredients like protein-rich tofu, winter squash, and fresh apricots, this healthy pumpkin recipe is filled to the brim with fall flavors and produce. For your pumpkin spice fix, add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice to your blender (plus an extra pinch on top if you truly love pumpkin).

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Pumpkin-Bean Soup

Pumpkin-Bean Soup
Andy Lyons

Five ingredients and 15 minutes: That's all you need to make this healthy pumpkin recipe. This creamy pumpkin soup with coconut milk and cannellini beans is hearty enough to serve as a main dish on those busy weeknights. Serve with lime wedges to add extra zest, or sprinkle on red pepper flakes to make it spicy.

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Cinnamon Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin-Sage Grits

Cinnamon Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin-Sage Grits
Andy Lyons

This easy chicken recipe has a lot more than just pumpkin when it comes to fall flavors. The rub includes cinnamon along with salt and pepper for a delicious chicken breast bursting with fall flavors. Pair the chicken with pumpkin-sage grits, and you've got a meal that has fall written all over it.

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Autumn Pear and Pumpkin Soup

Autumn Pear and Pumpkin Soup in mug with spoon
Mike Dieter

Two favorite fall foods meet in one delicious soup recipe: pears and pumpkin! You'll use canned pumpkin and pear nectar to give this fall soup its signature flavor, but that doesn't mean you'll miss out on the deliciousness of fresh pears. When you're ready to serve, garnish each bowl with a few fresh pears slices for a gorgeous fall side dish.

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Pumpkin Pesto

Pumpkin Pesto
Blaine Moats

Give your classic pesto recipe a fall twist by adding pumpkin. You'll recognize the classic basil and olive oil, but mixing in canned pumpkin transforms this favorite Italian recipe from sauce to dip. Serve with toasted bread, crackers, and pita wedges for a fun fall side dish or appetizer that'll be gone before you know it.

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Holiday Pumpkin Soup

Holiday Pumpkin Soup
Colleen Duffley

It has "holiday" in the name, but we give you permission to make this delicious pumpkin soup recipe any time you want. It's a super easy, creamy soup that makes a great side dish for a hearty fall meal, but you can curl up with a bowl whenever you need a pumpkin soup pick-me-up. It's ready in just 25 minutes to serve with crackers or crusty bread that soaks up every last drop.

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