Use Canned Pumpkin in Savory Dishes

A lot of cooks associate canned pumpkin with sweet treats like pie and quick breads, but Chowhounds say it's also good in savory dishes. Canned purée marries well with cheesy pastas, such as this baked pasta and winter squash recipe that magiesmom likes. Meanwhile, cheesecake17 stirs canned pumpkin into the sauce for macaroni and cheese, just like it goes into the creamy sauce for this lasagna recipe with chard. And canned pumpkin blends with ricotta in CHOW's Pumpkin Gnocchi with Crème Fraîche–Sage Sauce (pictured).

These pumpkin-peanut curry noodles with five-spice seared scallops and shrimp are a hearty family favorite, says jboeke. Other uses for canned pumpkin purée include chili, black bean dishes, and risotto.

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