2 Easy Ways to Make Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin puree is available in cans, but why buy if there is an abundance of them in season? Any pumpkin variety is good to make puree, and although the results will differ depending on the type of pumpkin you choose, it will always be a good puree or mash.

Why homemade pumpkin puree? 

  • When in season they are easy to find and very cheap.
  • It is fun to try new recipes from scratch and gain more experience and confidence in the kitchen. 
  • Kids can easily join in the fun when preparing pumpkin recipes.
  • It’s too easy to open a tin. 

Is roasting better than steaming? 

We tried both methods and have made some approximate timing estimations. Timings will depend on the texture you require and what you will use the puree for.

  • Steamed pumpkin results in 80% puree. It has a nice, shiny orange colour and a very moist texture.
  • Roasted pumpkin results in 60% puree. The outcome is a little bit darker than the steamed one with less moisture and a firmer texture.  
steamed pumkin puree

Pumpkin Puree

Any pumpkin variety is good to make puree.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Side dishes, Vegetarian
Cuisine American, International
Servings 8 serves
Calories 33 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)


  • 1 kg pumpkin / jumbo squash


Steamed pumpkin puree

  • Remove the seeds of the pumpkin and steam for 40 to 60 minutes until the pumpkin is soft and tender.
    steaming pumpkin
  • Remove the skin and cut into pieces.
    peeling steamed pumpkin
  • Blend the pumpkin to puree and transfer into a jar or a container.
    blending steamed pumkin

Roasted pumpkin puree

  • Peel the skin off the pumpkin and remove the seeds.
    peeling pumkin
  • Cut the pumpkin into wedges, season with a little salt and a drizzle of olive oil and arrange the wedges in a baking pan and roast at 180°C for 40 to 60 minutes.
    roasted pumpkin puree
  • Blend the pumpkin to puree and pass it through a fine mesh sieve for a finer texture (optional), then transfer into a jar or a container.
    blending pumpkin

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 33kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 10641IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
Keyword pumpkin, squash
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