How to Make Pumpkin Puree: Instant Pot or Oven

homemade pumpkin puree

Homemade Pumpkin Puree in Oven or Instant Pot

So, I love autumn.  I love pumpkin everything. Pumpkin flavored goodies, pumpkin decorations, I’ll take pumpkin everything please.

I can’t say I like putting on a sweater and watching the leaves change color because we really don’t have those things here in sunny Florida.  But we do have pumpkins! For me, it is officially autumn after I run my annual fall marathon.  As a reward, I bake up some delicious pumpkin treats (honestly the medal is reward enough but any excuse to bake!)

The grocery stores get pumpkin fever too.  Suddenly when October arrives, so does a little tower of pumpkin puree in cans.  I often wonder if it is a new fresh batch of pumpkin puree or do they put out what they had leftover from last year first? Should I wait a few weeks to buy pumpkin puree so that I know it is fresh? Is it ever fresh? Is the can liner safe? Where was the pumpkin grown? What else is in that little can? Too complicated!

Pumpkins shouldn’t be complicated.  So, today I bring you easy, vegetarian, healthy, vitamin rich, tasty, colorful pumpkin puree.  This is a great recipe for DIY pumpkin puree that uses both of my favorite kitchen gadgets, my Vitamix and my Instant Pot!!  I know some of you still don’t have an Instant Pot (why not by the way) so I included the oven method too.  I have made this using both methods and they both turn out equally as wonderful. Place in a mason jar and store in the refrigerator or freeze it and keep it for another day when you are making a fabulous fall recipe. You won’t ever need to buy from the tower of canned mystery pumpkin puree again! Happy Autumn!!

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin puree from scratch using Instant Pot, or oven, and a blender. Make ahead and refrigerate or freeze and use in recipes that call for canned pumpkin.
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15-45 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
  • 1 small pumpkin not the jack-o-lantern kind, the small sugar or pie pumpkin weighing approximately 2 pounds
  • 1/2 cup Water
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15-45 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 1 small pumpkin not the jack-o-lantern kind, the small sugar or pie pumpkin weighing approximately 2 pounds
  • 1/2 cup Water
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Instructions
  1. Wash pumpkin
  2. Cut off the stem
    homemade pumpkin puree
  3. Cut pumpkin in half
    DIY pumpkin puree
  4. Scrape out the seeds and stringy pulp with a spoon, save the seeds to roast later
    homemade pumpkin puree
  5. Cut into quarters, discard the stem top
    pumpkin puree
If using Instant Pot
  1. Place 1/2 cup water and quartered pumpkin in Instant Pot, set to 15 minutes
    Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree
  2. Quick release the steam when time is up and allow to cool
    Instant Pot Pumpkin puree
If using Oven
  1. Place pumpkin quarters on parchment paper lined baking sheet and roast in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until you can easily pierce the flesh with a fork
    oven roasted pumpkin puree
  2. Remove from oven and allow to cool
    oven roasted pumpkin puree
Oven or Instapot Method
  1. Once pumpkin is cool to the touch, remove skin from cooked pumpkin quarters, should easily peel apart
    DIY pumpkin puree
  2. Place in Vitamix, or blender, or food processor
  3. Blend or mash until pumpkin is totally smooth. Most pumpkin is watery but some will be dry, add water if necessary to fully blend. If puree is too watery place in a fine strainer to drain off excess liquid. The batch pictured did not require extra water or straining but every little pumpkin is different.
    vitamix puree pumpkin
  4. Use immediately or store in refrigerator or freezer in glass jars or container.
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2 comments

  1. Lynda

    I made the granola and I love it ! So easy and delicious ❤️

    1. Tara

      Hi Lynda,
      So glad you like it!
      – Tara

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