Every fall, it seems like I am always scrambling to find other uses for fresh pumpkin. Since you're likely in the same boat, I decided to share seven recipes featuring pumpkin besides pie. (Although I am going to feature a spectacular bonus recipe at the end of this post!) I hope you enjoy these new ideas that are bound to make your autumn a little more tasty. Bon appétit!

Before you can use the pumpkin in a recipe, you need to bake then puree it to receive the consistency of the canned pumpkin. AllRecipes.com has easy step-by-step instructions to show you how to bake with fresh pumpkin!

Now that you have taken the seeds and membrane out of the pumpkin, rinse the seeds so that you can use them in a recipe or spice them for a Roasted Pumpkin Seed snack.

If you don’t want to make the puree, then use the pumpkin shell to create Baby Pumpkins Stuffed With Sausage. I love this recipe for its simplicity.

I really like to use risotto whenever I can. It absorbs the flavor of whatever you cook it in such as chicken broth instead of water. If you add pumpkin, you have a whole new side for your dinner, Creamy Baked Pumpkin Risotto.

I have several friends who are vegetarians, so I am always looking for a main dish that doesn't incorporate meat. After making this Four Cheese Lasagna, I bet you will have one night a week without meat!

I saved a Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe for last. My husband loves bread pudding. So I thought why not add a little something extra to it to make it even better? I hope you will think so too!

Now here's the bonus recipe I promised! Instead of making the traditional pumpkin pie this year, why not try this Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake from chef Brad Farmerie. Enjoy!

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