How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

How To Make Pumpkin Puree {Beard and Bonnet}

Since the whole world seems to be in the midst of pumpkin mania I thought it was about time that I share a fun DIY that really shows you how to put a humble little pumpkin to good use. Pumpkin puree is a hot item right now at the grocery store! It is used to make pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pancakes, and pumpkin loaf. I am sure I am forgetting a few things pumpkin puree is used in…maybe more like a million things, but you get the gist of what I am saying. It is literally flying off of super market shelves at alarming rates and shows no sign of slowing down.

I am totally guilty of having a stockpile of canned organic pumpkin puree in the pantry, but in year’s past, especially when I was making baby food for my kids, I would make homemade pumpkin puree and it is SO easy that I wanted to share it here with all of you. You can use homemade pumpkin puree just like you would use store bought except you get the added bonus of claiming that the pumpkin creation you make really is from scratch!

Let me show you how easy it is to make homemade pumpkin puree!

Step 1: Select the perfect pumpkin.

Sugar pie pumpkins are the best variety for making pumpkin puree. Their dark orange-colored flesh is nice and sweet when roasted and their small size makes them easy to handle, too! Avoid using big field pumpkins that are perfect for carving jack o’ lanterns, but not for cooking with. For this kitchen project those carving pumpkins are  just too big and bulky to work with and tend to be stringy which doesn’t make for the smoothest puree. Also, keep in mind that a 4-lb sugar pumpkin will yield approximately 1 1/2 cups of puree so, if your recipe calls for more than that you may have to prepare more pumpkins.

Step 2: Cut the top off of the pumpkin removing the stem.

Step 3: Cut the pumpkin in half.

Step 4: Remove the seeds and strings.

I like to use an old metal serving spoon for this. Mine has a thin, sharp edge which makes for easy scraping and removal of the pumpkin innards. You can use a regular, thicker edged serving spoon for this task too, it will just take a bit of elbow grease. Don’t toss out the seeds though, they make a great roasted snack!

Step 5: Cut the halves into quarters and arrange on a baking sheet.

I usually place all of my pumpkin wedges with the flesh facing up, but it really doesn’t matter. They can be faced either way on the baking sheet and will roast up just fine. I don’t add any oil or seasoning at all to the pumpkin wedges because I want to achieve pure unadulterated pumpkin flavor.

Step 6: Roast the pumpkin wedges until fork-tender.

Roast the pumpkin in a 350°F oven for 40-55 minutes, depending on the size of your pumpkin, until the flesh is easily pierced with a fork all the way through to the skin. Let cool.

Step 7: Peel the skin from the wedges.

The skin on the pumpkin wedges will begin to release from the flesh as it roasts and should appear wrinkly and possibly blistered when you remove it from the oven. Some of the skin will be loose enough that you can peel it off with your fingers while some will be a little more stubborn. For the stubborn bits you can simply run a butter knife in between the flesh and the skin to easily separate them.

Step 8: Puree the roasted pumpkin.

Place the roasted pumpkin into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade or a high speed blender and process until smooth. Now this step has a few key points you should know; not all pumpkins are the same. So, just in case you run into an extra watery or super dry pumpkin here is what you should do.

  • If the pumpkin is too dry to puree on its own add a tablespoon of water at a time to get the blades moving.
  • If the pumpkin is really wet when you puree it you may need to strain it through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth before using.

This particular pumpkin worked out perfect once it was roasted and didn’t require any additional steps. Yay!!

You can now use your pumpkin puree in any recipe that you would like or you can portion it out and freeze it so that you have it when you need. Just be sure you mark how much is in each frozen portion so that you know.

If you’ve tried this Pumpkin Puree, I would be so grateful if you would rate the recipe. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I just love hearing from you and your reviews and comments really help others that visit This Mess is Ours!

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What are the health benefits of pumpkin?

This low calorie squash is full of nutrients but is especially packed with Vitamin A, containing over 200% of the Reference Daily Intake in only 1 cup. Pumpkin contains a high amount of antioxidants and works wonders for the overall immune system.

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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Avi October 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I just made this;-) How long can it hold in the fridge?

    1. Meg October 15, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Yay Avi!! If you aren’t going to use it within 2-3 days I would freeze it. Just portion out the puree, maybe like 1 cup per container, then freeze. That way you will know how much you need to pull out of the freezer.

      1. Avi October 16, 2014 at 4:37 am

        That’s perfect! Loved how simple it was:-)

  2. Susan October 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I used to make pumpkin puree from people’s leftover Jack O-Lanterns to make pumpkin butter, which turned out really well. I had figured out the sugar and spice amounts based on the pumpkin pie recipe my mother used. That was when I was young and ambitious… However, I would make puree now if I find I have a use for it. These days fresh is way more appealing than canned. Thanks for posting these instructions.

  3. Ann Butler October 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

    This is perfect timing because I was planning on making my son a homemade pumpkin pie for his birthday next month but never did from an actual pumpkin. Thank you for the how to.

    1. Meg October 13, 2014 at 11:23 am

      That is awesome Ann!! I am so glad this will help you. Let me know how your pie turns out.

    1. Meg October 13, 2014 at 7:28 am

      I completely agree Jeanette!!

  4. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan October 13, 2014 at 6:09 am

    That canned pumpkin kind of freaks me out sometimes, so this seems like a perfect solution!

    1. Meg October 13, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Abby!! Canned pumpkin can get a little weird although I totally admit that when I am in a pinch I use it.

  5. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog October 13, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Pumpkin puree is definitely all the rage right now, and I’ve been meaning to make it at home (because homemade is always better) so thank you for sharing this awesome recipe and tutorial 🙂

    1. Meg October 13, 2014 at 7:30 am

      It’s so rewarding!! I can’t wait to see what you make with it:)


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