21 waste-busting pumpkin recipes for Halloween and beyond

With Halloween around the corner, many of you will be carving pumpkins and placing them on your windowsills and doorsteps to entice trick-or-treaters.

As you begin carving your Jack O’ Lanterns, remember, ‘don’t dump the guts!’. In the UK alone, over 18,000 tonnes of perfectly edible squash is dumped in the bin every year, but there’s so much you can do with the stringy, succulent innards (if fact, you can eat everything, but the stalk). We’ve joined forces with Hubbub’s #PumpkinRescue campaign because we believe a pumpkin is not just for Halloween.

Check out these devilish delights that are guaranteed to make the most of your pumpkins this Halloween and beyond. 

Main event

Fact. Pumpkins are amazingly versatile things. Other than warding off evil spirits, they also ward off cancer and heart disease. The high beta-carotene content of pumpkin is what gives it its cancer and heart disease-fighting properties. Better get eating it then!

1. Creamy pumpkin pasta


2. Pumpkin risotto


3. Thai pumpkin laksa with crunchy fried chickpeas


4. Vegan ravioli with pumpkin and ricotta


5. Roasted pumpkin and quinoa salad


Support acts

Fact. There are over 45 different varieties of pumpkin. They range in colour like red, yellow, and green, and have names like Hooligan, Cotton Candy, and Orange Smoothie.

6. Roasted pumpkin fries


7. Lebanese pumpkin hummus


8. Parmesan pumpkin fritters


9. Pumpkin pasties


10. Pumpkin puree


Drinks and smoothies

Fact. Pumpkins are fruits. More specifically, they are a winter squash in the family Cucurbitacae, which includes cucumbers and melons.

11. Skinny pumpkin frappucino


12. Pumpkin protein shake


13. Pumpkin beer


Sweet treats

Fact. In a recent survey conducted by Populus, 52 percent of respondents would use their leftover pumpkins if they knew more recipes. 42 percent said they avoided cooking with pumpkins to avoid the hassle of de-seeding them.

14. Healthy pumpkin, carrot and apple muffins


15. Pumpkin spice latte cake


16. Pumpkin spice chia pudding


17. Simple pumpkin pie


Seed feeds

Fact. Pumpkin seeds are packed with protein, magnesium, potassium and zinc, which help improve health, sleep and immunity to diseases.  More reasons why you shouldn’t discard them!

18. Vanilla pumpkin seed clusters


19. Roasted pumpkin seeds six ways


20. Beetroot pumpkin seed pesto


21. Spiced pumpkin seed cranberry snack bars


Let’s not say Hallo-waste this Halloween.

Let’s take advantage of this super versatile, super nutritious squash. If you’re unsure what to do with your pumpkin guts make sure you join the #PumpkinRescue events organised by Hubbub, taking place all over the UK. Also, why not share your surplus pumpkins, pumpkin guts or your culinary pumpkin creations on OLIO!


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In the UK alone, we waste over 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin every year, weighing the same as 1,500 double decker buses. Here's some recipes to help put a stop to this frightening statistic and make the most of our super versatile squashes. ...