For the Foodies: Pumpkin Recipes to Kickoff Fall

Isabella Hewitt, Multimedia Photo Editor

As fall approaches, many ponder on the “fall feel” during which the leaves change, everything seems to have an orange hue and everyone wants to wear cozy sweaters to prepare for the coming season. 

Yet, while living in Miami, many may feel stumped on how to best appreciate the season when summer weather still takes a toll on everyday life. A step fall lovers in any climate, hot or cold, can take in preparation for the season includes the following  fall recipes which result in delicious fall treats.

Pumpkin Pasta:

A twist on regular pasta, the new trend of pumpkin pasta perfectly encapsulates the concept of bringing on the fall spirit. The recipe calls for 8 ounces of shells or bowtie pasta, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 2 minced fresh garlic cloves, 1 cup of pure pumpkin puree, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of half and half (substitute with coconut milk for a vegan sauce), 1 cup vegetable broth, a pinch of  ground nutmeg, cracked black pepper, salt, 2 cups of baby spinach, 1/4 cup of chopped toasted walnuts and parmesan cheese.

Pumpkin Overnight Oats:

This quick and easy recipe is perfect for fall mornings and a great idea for a  nutritious breakfast or snack. The recipe requires ½ cup of rolled oats for a creamy consistency, ¼ cup of greek yogurt, optional amount of chia seeds, ¼ cup of pumpkin puree, ½ cup of almond milk or any other milk preference, 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger mixed together.

Pumpkin Pancakes:

Pumpkin Pancakes, the ideal fall breakfast that embodies the warm sensation of the season, calls for 1½ cups all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, 1½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground allspice, ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger, ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ cup of pure pumpkin, 3 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter, 1 cup of milk, 2 large eggs and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup.

Pumpkin Bread:

In order to make this classic fall treat, one may follow Chef Jenn Segal’s recipe: 2 cups of all-purpose flour, ½  teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of ground cloves, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 1 ½  sticks (¾ cup) of softened unsalted butter, 2 cups of sugar, 2 large eggs and 1 15-oz can of 100% pure pumpkin. 

Pumpkin Pie:

Pumpkin pie, a seasonal favorite, can be baked using many different recipes. Whether the recipe comes from a family member, cookbooks, or even from a restaurant, it will remain a constant throughout the holiday season. Most recipes for this pie ask for pre-baked homemade pie crust, pumpkin puree, many different seasonings such as cinnamon and nutmeg, eggs, brown and white sugar and many other ingredients.