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How to Roast Pumpkin: High Dry Heat for Browned Toasty Pumpkin

You can roast pumpkin and eat it as you would any other squash, or roast it to make pumpkin puree.  Roasted pumpkin cooks at a high dry heat for a browned savory finish.  Roast it in halves, slices, or cubes for any pumpkin recipe.

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By definition, roasting is a cooking method that uses high and dry heat to cook the food.  When you roast pumpkin, the cut surface area will brown and produce a savory, flavorful crust.

Before roasting, brush the pumpkin with clarified butter or olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and other spices.  After roasting, eat the pumpkin as you would any other winter squash.  Roasted cubes of pumpkin are a good beginning to pumpkin soup, pumpkin stew, or pumpkin salad.

Although you can used roasted pumpkin for pumpkin puree, the best way to cook pumpkin for puree is to pressure cook the pumpkin.

Steps to Roast Pumpkin

  1. Prepare pumpkin by scrubbing, cutting it, and removing the seeds (save to roast pumpkin seeds) and fibrous strands (throw those out).
  2. Cut pumpkin in halves, quarters, slices, or cubes.
  3. Brush with clarified butter or olive oil (optional).
  4. Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  5. Cover pumpkin halves or quarters completely in aluminum foil.  Leave cubes uncovered.
  6. Roast pumpkin for 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the pumpkin.

How to Roast Pumpkin Halves, Quarters, Slices, or Cubes

Step 1: Prepare the Pumpkin

  • Scrub the pumpkin with soap and a vegetable scrub brush.  Don’t skip this important food safety step.

Step 2: Cut the Pumpkin

  • Cut the pumpkin in halves, quarters, slices, or cubes.

cubed pumpkin

Step 3: Brush the Pumpkin with Olive Oil or Clarified Butter

cubed pumpkin

Step 4: Preheat Oven

  • To roast a winter squash such as pumpkin in the oven, preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit.

Step 5: Cover Pumpkin with Aluminum Foil

  • Line a jelly roll or casserole pan with aluminum foil if cooking halves, quarters, or a whole pumpkin.
  • Next, place the pumpkin on the foil face down (if the pumpkin is halved or quartered) or face up (if cooking the whole pumpkin).

pumpkin halves on baking sheet

  • Cover the pumpkin completely with tin foil.

pumpkin wrapped in foil to roast

Step 6: Roast

  • Roast the pumpkin cubes or slices for 20 to 40 minutes or until browned and soft.

cubed roasted pumpkin

  • Roast the halves or quarters in the oven for 30-45 minutes.  However, if the pumpkin is whole or very large, roast it for 60-90 minutes.  Check periodically, especially if you start to smell cooked pumpkin.

roasted pumpkin

  • After 30 minutes, prick the pumpkin with a fork so see if it is done cooking.  It has finished cooking when the fork pierces the pumpkin easily.  If the pumpkin cannot be pierced, return it to oven to continue cooking.  Check every 10 to 12 minutes.

roasted pumpkin halves

pumpkin

If you are making pumpkin puree, remove the pumpkin from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes (or longer if it is a large pumpkin).  After the pumpkin is cool, scrape the pumpkin flesh out of the skin.

Choose whether to use the browned area in the puree.  The browned pumpkin tastes great in savory recipes, such as pumpkin soup.

How to Roast Pumpkin

  • Scrub, cut, and remove pumpkin seeds.
  • Cut pumpkin in halves, quarters or cubes.
  • Brush with clarified butter or olive oil and season (optional).
  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  • Cover pumpkin halves or quarters completely in aluminum foil.  Leave cubes uncovered.
  • Cook pumpkin for 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the pumpkin.

Enjoy your pumpkin.

Yield: varies depending on pumpkin size

How to Roast Pumpkin: High Dry Heat for Browned Toasty Pumpkin

cubed roasted pumpkin

You can roast pumpkin and eat it as you would any other squash, or roast it to make pumpkin puree.  Roasted pumpkin cooks at a high dry heat for a browned savory finish.  Roast it in halves, slices, or cubes for any pumpkin recipe.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • Whole pumpkin
  • Clarified butter or olive oil (optional)
  • Salt and pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare pumpkin by scrubbing, cutting it, and removing the seeds (save to roast seeds) and fibrous strands (throw those out).
  2. Cut pumpkin in halves, quarters, slices, or cubes.
  3. Brush with clarified butter or olive oil (optional).
  4. Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  5. Cover pumpkin halves or quarters completely in aluminum foil. Leave cubes uncovered.
  6. Roast a whole pumpkin for 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the pumpkin.
  7. Cook a half or quartered pumpkin for 30 to 45 minutes.
  8. Roast pumpkin slices or cubes for 20 to 40 minutes.
  9. Cool as needed if using puree. Otherwise season and enjoy as a winter vegetable.

Notes

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