The 5 Best Pumpkin Recipes, Savory and Sweet

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If Halloween came and went and you still haven’t carved your pumpkin, why not actually cook something with it. Here are five recipes—from Pumpkin Pecorino Pasta to Pumpkin Bars With Bacon Fat Shortbread—that will please the whole family.

Pumpkin Caramel Sauce
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Pumpkin Caramel Sauce sounds intimidating to make, but trust us, you can do it. Drizzle the savory-sweet stuff on everything from popcorn to ice cream. You can even add it to cold-brew coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Pumpkin Bars With Bacon Fat Shortbread
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Pumpkin Bars with a Bacon Fat Shortbread Crust: Those words alone are enough to make me head straight to my kitchen. The shortbread crust is made from equal parts bacon fat and butter, and the pumpkin filling is made with pumpkin (of course), brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and a hint of cardamom.

Savory Pumpkin Dip
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Perfect for the holiday party season, Savory Pumpkin Dip would be welcome on any buffet table. The subtle pumpkin flavor is boosted by cream cheese, cheddar cheese, toasted pecans, and even bacon. Serve with crackers for scooping.

Pumpkin Pecorino Pasta
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Pumpkin Pecorino Pasta is a time-honored pairing and this version doesn’t disappoint. A simple sauce made with pumpkin puree, chicken stock, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecorino cheese coats the pasta of your choice. Fry a few sage leaves to toss on top for an extra-special presentation.

Pumpkin Apple Muffins
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Pumpkin Apple Muffins are made even more delicious with a cream cheese and streusel topping. You can also keep it simple and make them without the streusel; they’ll still be super-delicious.


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