10 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make in 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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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 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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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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