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12 Contest-Winning Pumpkin Recipes

When we called for creative pumpkin recipes that go way beyond pie, we went out of our gourds with the delicious crop of entries. These 12 creative home cooks squashed the competition.

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Chicken with Pumpkin AlfredoTaste of Home

Grand-Prize Winner: Chicken With Pumpkin Alfredo

I love pumpkin and my kids love pasta, so this pumpkin Alfredo recipe is a match made in heaven for us. Plus, it's an extra way to get some veggies into their diet. Use dairy-free or gluten-free ingredients if needed. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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First Place: Pumpkin & Chicken Sausage HashTaste of Home

First Place: Pumpkin & Chicken Sausage Hash

This can be served as a side or as the main dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I like to serve it topped with poached or fried eggs for breakfast. —Valerie Donn, Williamsburg, Michigan

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Second Place: Pumpkin Clam ChowderTaste of Home

Second Place: Pumpkin Clam Chowder

When autumn arrives, I'm eager to celebrate with warm and cozy comfort food like this pumpkin clam chowder. Use fresh clams if they are available. —Renee Murby, Johnston, Rhode Island

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Third Place: Ganache-Topped Pumpkin TartTaste of Home

Third Place: Ganache-Topped Pumpkin Tart

I love the flavor combination of spiced pumpkin and chocolate, which inspired me to create this chocolate pumpkin tart. Sometimes I like to sprinkle chopped crystallized ginger over the chocolate ganache for extra flavor and texture. —Bernice Janowski, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

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Runner-Up: Chipotle Pumpkin Chicken PizzaTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Chipotle Pumpkin Chicken Pizza

Think pizza and pumpkin can’t go together? This chicken pumpkin pizza will change your mind. The sweetness of the pumpkin paired with the spice of the chipotle peppers makes for a delicious, balanced sauce. I love that this recipe incorporates healthy ingredients in a fun, family-friendly way. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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Runner-Up: Pumpkin Gnocchi

Runner-Up: Pumpkin Gnocchi

We had homemade gnocchi frequently while growing up. This creamy pumpkin gnocchi recipe was always my favorite. They do require some time to make, but they're worth it! —Shawn Barto, Winter Garden, Florida

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Runner-Up: Pumpkin QuesoTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Pumpkin Queso

I like serving this pumpkin queso with veggie chips like sweet potato or kale, but it's also great with good old tortilla chips. It can be made with vegetable stock and gluten-free flour if you have dietary restrictions. —Darla Andrews, Schertz, Texas

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Runner-Up: Pumpkin Rugelach with Cream Cheese IcingTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Pumpkin Rugelach with Cream Cheese Icing

This pumpkin rugelach recipe with a rich cream cheese icing is my twist on this classic pastry. The dough can be made ahead and refrigerated, which makes the recipe ideal for the busy holiday season. —Justine Duffy, Wooster, Ohio

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Runner-Up: Roasted Pumpkin LasagnaTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Roasted Pumpkin Lasagna

This is a hearty meatless meal that my family enjoys. If you're not a fan of pumpkin, you can use butternut squash instead. —Wendy Masters, East Garafraxa, Ontario

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Runner-Up: Slow-Cooked Pumpkin Apple CobblerTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Slow-Cooked Pumpkin Apple Cobbler

This spiced pumpkin apple cobbler recipe is sure to please all of your holiday guests. It's perfect for fall, but can be made year-round since it uses fresh or frozen cranberries. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Runner-Up: Snickerdoodle Pumpkin BreadTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Bread

This luscious pumpkin bread with maple syrup glaze is well worth the occasional splurge. When we first discovered how fantastic it is, I made four loaves on three separate occasions in just over a week! —Jaleen Burkholder, Waterloo, New York

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Runner-Up: Upside-Down Pumpkin Pecan TartsTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Upside-Down Pumpkin Pecan Tarts

These treats are a great twist on pumpkin pie, and can be prepared a day ahead. You'll love the flaky phyllo combined with the rich pumpkin filling. —Darlene Buerger, Peoria, Arizona

Rachel Seis
As senior editor for Taste of Home magazine, Rachel has her hand in everything you see from cover to cover, from writing and editing articles to taste-testing recipes to ensuring every issue is packed with fun and fabulous content. She'll roll up her sleeves to try any new recipe in the kitchen—from spicy Thai dishes (her favorite!) to classic Southern comfort food (OK...also her favorite). When she's not busy thinking of her next meal, Rachel can be found practicing yoga, going for a run, exploring National Parks and traveling to new-to-her cities across the country.

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