10 Tasty Ways to Cook with Pumpkin and Squash

Pumpkin and squash varieties

With the arrival of fall, pumpkins and other squashes take center stage at farmers markets and in produce displays. These seasonal vegetables are popular for good reason: Their flesh is tasty, nutritious, and makes a fantastic ingredient for soups, pies, grilled entrees, and more. Kürbis (pumpkin) and Moschus-Kürbis (butternut squash) are popular in North America, Germany, and throughout Europe. Plus, there’s a natural affinity with Halloween and other fall fests. Choose from our collection of great tasting pumpkin and squash recipes for everyday meals and entertaining.

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Pumpkin Crostini

Pumpkin Crostini

This scrumptious seasonal appetizer is a creative way to enjoy pumpkin. Crispy crostini are topped with fresh pumpkin relish for an irresistible snack.

Pumpkin Ginger Soup with Black Forest HamPumpkin Ginger Soup with Black Forest Ham

Ginger, chili, and lemongrass give this soup a nice kick and fresh flavor. A slice of wonderfully smoky Black Forest ham rounds off this delightful seasonal soup.

Pumpkin Cream Soup with SalamiPumpkin Soup with Salami

Salami shouldn’t be relegated just to salads, pizza, and snacks. In this recipe, its full smoky flavor is nicely balanced by the creamy sweetness of pumpkin.

Zucchini SoupZucchini Soup with Pumpernickel and Quark Toast

Spinach gives this light creamy vegetable soup its fresh green color. Pumpernickel bread makes delicious croutons, which are spread with herbed quark to float on top or served alongside.

Fall Vegetables for RoastingHorseradish-Roasted Fall Vegetables

This recipe brings out the wonderful flavors of harvest season. Zesty horseradish nicely balances the sweetness of the squash and apples.

Dragon Skewers with pumpkin and squashDragon Skewers

Who doesn’t love a colorful, flavorful skewer? These feature tender lamb, pickled pumpkin and squash, served with thyme-infused potato wedges and a refreshing yogurt dip.

Creamy Potato Pumpkin SkilletCreamy Potato Pumpkin Skillet

Starring pumpkin, potatoes, arugula, and a spiced parmesan sauce, this nutritious seasonal skillet is the epitome of fall comfort food!

Abraham's Speck Dish

Abraham’s Speck Dish

In this sophisticated dish grilled slices of Abraham’s Original Speck are draped over caramelized leeks, spiced butternut squash, Ana potatoes and topped with an ice wine vinegar reduction.

Sweet and Sour Pickled PumpkinSweet & Sour Pickled Pumpkin

Before the fairly recent renaissance of pumpkin recipes, this classic pickle was one of the few well-known recipes. Try it alongside your Thanksgiving turkey!

Vogtland Pumpkin Pie

This rustic pumpkin pie from the Vogtland—a mountainous region bordering Bavaria, Thuringia and Saxony— features cinnamon, ginger, and butter flavors.