How to Make Pumpkin Puree


Learn how to make homemade pumpkin purée from pie pumpkins to freeze for use all year long!

  So far we’ve harvested two small pumpkins from our garden. I’m so glad we planted pumpkin this year because I’ve always wanted to make my own puree. It was really simple and I can’t wait use it up in all kinds of recipes. Here is how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins.

Choose small, dense pie pumpkins.

Preheat oven to 350.  Cut pumpkins in half.

Scoop out seeds and guts with a spoon.
You can save the seeds for planting or eating.
Cover a pan with foil, place pumpkins on top and cover pumpkins tightly with another piece of foil.
Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Check with a fork to see if flesh is tender, if not you will need to bake longer.
Scoop out flesh and process in a blender or food processor until smooth.
My two small pumpkins made almost 3 cups of puree. 

Pumpkin Puree

Pie pumpkins baked in the oven and pureed until smooth.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 cups puree


  • 2 small pie pumpkins


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cut pumpkins in half.
  • Scoop out seeds and stringy guts with spoon.
  • Lay pumpkin halves flat on foil lined baking sheet.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
  • Flesh should be fork tender.
  • Scoop out flesh with spoon and puree in blender.

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  1. I was hoping to find a puree how-to in today's blog hop, so thanks for sharing! I bought some pie pumpkins from our local farm stand yesterday. I didn't get them done in time for this morning's pumpkin griddle cakes, but I'm sure I'll use it up this week.
  2. Just working on freezing my own homegrown pumpkins right now, letting the last half drain before I run it through the food mill. I freeze in 2 cup containers and use through out the year for my breads and home grown goodness!

  3. Hi, thank you for the post. Roughly how much in weight we’re the pumpkins. I grow my own pumpkins and they range in weight from 3kg to 7kg. I would like to make some purée without using the whole pumpkin. Hope you can help. Rosemary
  4. I have not naked pumpkins for puree, bit have boiled them (like potatoes), but you have to make sure as much water is out of them as possible with that method. Thanks, I would not have thought about baking them!

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