The autumn season brings the yearly debate of pumpkin fans verse those who do not dare try pumpkin anything.

However, the popularity is hard to escape with various mouth-watering options available. National Pumpkin Day is around the corner on October 26, hopefully, these easy recipes can inspire the spice.

This fall let us help you spice up meals, drinks, or sweets with pumpkin.

 

To Start – Pumpkin Coffee For a Crowd  

Instructables.com offers a party style ‘Pumpkin Coffee in a Crock Pot’ 

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • Cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon
  • 1 pot of coffee (8 to 12 cups)
  • ADULT only: add some

Soup – Pumpkin Apple Bacon (serves ~6)

Emily Bites suggests a creamy, savory alternative to a fall day chicken soup 

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices center cut bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and chopped
  • 5 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 30 oz canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 4 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened and cubed

Main Dish – One Pot Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta (serves 4-6)

The Kitchn gives a fancy alternative to pasta night with easy cleanup 

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces dried pasta, such as garganelli, gigli, campanelle, or gemelli
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 3 to 4 large garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish
  • For serving: Toasted pumpkin seeds, grated Parmesan, good-quality olive oil, or freshly chopped herbs, such as sage or parsley

Sweet Treat – Cookies With a Spice 

Nestle reminisces with these Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies 

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Glaze (available with link above) 

Cocktail – Captain turns to Pumpkin 

The classic Captain Morgan is adding spice with the new Jack-O’Blast 

Mutiny Mule:

  • 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast
  • 3 oz. ginger beer
  • 0.5 oz. lime juice

Captain’s Cauldron:

  • 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • Optional: 1 oz. club soda topper
  • Lemon wedge – squeezed

Apple Jack-O cocktail

  • Apple Jack-O 1.5 oz.
  • Captain Morgan Jack O’Blast 4 oz.
  • chilled apple cider