Leftover Canned Pumpkin Recipes

I have a question.  Why does every recipe I pin lately only call for a ½ cup of pumpkin? Or, I guess the bigger question- why can I not buy a smaller can of pumpkin?

I’m quick to write off a recipe that calls for an ingredient I don’t use often.  Call me stubborn, but I don’t know what to do with half of a container of buttermilk- so I will search for a recipe that doesn’t call for it in the first place. I’m a simpleton… very set in my ways (and recipes).

But back to pumpkin- you can’t escape it! This year especially I have tried to embrace each and every recipe I could get my hands on.

I’ve found that an open can of pumpkin lasts in the fridge for up to 1 week before it starts to get a bit funky.  I cover it with plastic and haven’t had an issue.  If you have time, you can transfer it to a vacuum-sealed container to keep it fresh.

Each of these recipes call for one cup of pumpkin puree or less (there are roughly 2 cups in a can). So if you’re like me and have some leftover pumpkin, or want to find something other than pie to make, check out these recipes!


Kathy’s maple pumpkin quesadilla is a quick lunch option- and a great way to sneak in some extra nutrition with the addition of white beans.

Photo Source: lunchboxbunch.com


Taylor’s homemade pumpkin hummus is savory and versatile- it can be eaten as a dip or added to sandwiches as a creamy spread.

Photo Source: foodfaithfitness.com


Valentina’s pumpkin mac and cheese is killer.  It is creamy and gooey and most definitely kid approved.

Photo Source: momtastic.com
Photo Source: momtastic.com


Donna’s pumpkin cornbread is a tasty way to spruce up a family favorite.  This one is kid approved in our house!

Photo Source: pbs.org


Faith shares everyone’s favorite fall staple- the pumpkin spice latte, which I found even more delicious than Starbucks! It took a few minutes to prepare, but oh was it worth it!

Photo Source: The kitchn


Michelle’s pumpkin pancakes were a delicious Saturday morning treat.  I had to make a second batch for lunch- and these are most definitely kid approved.

Photo Source: Brown Eyed Baker

And finally, check out this pumpkin chili which is absolutely delicious- the pumpkin isn’t overwhelming, but adds a creaminess that puts this recipe over-the-top.

Will you be trying any of these recipes? What do you like to do with leftover pumpkin? Leave us a comment and let us know! 


Tom and Lauren Tate met each other in college and fell in love (there may or may not have been alcohol involved). Years later, they got married, had a baby and now live happily in Southeastern PA with their little boy. Lauren manages the home, while Tom manages projects at a software company. While their interests range from cooking and working out (her) and playing guitar and video games (him), together they manage to maintain a blog, Little Old Home (www.littleoldhome.com).



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