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Celebrate National Pumpkin Day With These 9 Recipes

26 October 2021
by Giadzy
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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Fall Season means pumpkin everything, and these Italian pumpkin recipes will bring on all the fall feels.

Pumpkins are synonymous with fall and rightfully so, October is National Pumpkin Month! Harvested in September and October, this fruit (most commonly recognized as a vegetable) is a known fall favorite for Americans - but pumpkin-centric recipes are synonymous with the fall harvest season in Italy, too (and we have the Italian pumpkin recipes to prove it!). While pumpkin is more popularly utilized in sweet recipes like Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Cupcakes, this winter squash is extremely versatile and finds its way into savory dishes too. 
We’ve got something for everyone, from Pumpkin Carbonara to Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese and Bacon. But, the star of this lineup might just be the Pumpkin Ricotta Cookies -a fall spin on Giada’s most beloved Lemon Ricotta Cookies.
Whether you’re looking for a classic pumpkin recipe or something a bit more interesting, the recipes below will satisfy both your sweet and savory palate. And of course, there’s an Italian flair throughout that won’t leave you disappointed. 
In no particular order, browse through and pin your favorite!

Crema Di Zucca (Creamy Pumpkin Soup)

This simple Italian pumpkin soup is like fall comfort in a bowl. Topped with crispy Parmesan croutons, it's absolutely delicious. (Have leftovers? Turn the rest into pasta sauce!)

Pumpkin Lasagna Rolls

Creamy Pumpkin Lasagna Rolls

These lasagna rolls are filled with seasoned ricotta cheese, mozzarella and bacon – then enveloped in a super creamy pumpkin sauce and bechamel. It doesn’t get more fall-festive than this!


pumpkin ricotta cookies

Pumpkin Ricotta Cookies

It’s no secret that Giada’s lemon ricotta cookies are one of her most famous and beloved recipes, and this spin on the classic is perfect for fall. Lemon is swapped out for pumpkin and warm spices for an autumnal treat that brings on all the fall feelings. 

Pumpkin Carbonara

Carbonara is one of the quintessential classic pasta dishes of Rome. For fall, Giada put her spin on this dish by adding pureed pumpkin, giving it a warm, autumnal element. Comforting, creamy and really easy to whip up on any night, this dish has become a fast favorite in her house and will become one in yours too! 

Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese and Bacon

The time for pumpkin everything is here, and this creamy risotto topped with goat cheese and bacon is a serious winner!

Spiced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies

These vegan cookies are delicious enough to snack on any time of day, but no one will be complaining when they’re served up as dessert!

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Souffle

This airy souffle is the perfect end to a decadent meal. It’s incredibly fluffy but brings on big pumpkin flavor. A win!

Pumpkin Persimmon Slab Pie

Make everything in the food processor, bake it off, and have Thanksgiving dessert ready in advance with this couldn’t-be-easier pie recipe!


Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn

The infamous “PSL” just got a tasty makeover with this Pumpkin Spice Latte Popcorn. Seasoned with brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and espresso powder, this is the perfect fall-inspired snack!


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