While store-bought canned pumpkin puree is handy, nothing beats the flavor and smooth texture of homemade puree. It can't get any easier in the Instant Pot®! Reserve seeds to make roasted pumpkin seeds, if desired.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
25 mins
10 mins
45 mins
3 cups


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Pour water into the inner lining of a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Set trivet inside.

  • Cut around the pumpkin stem to make a hole large enough to fit your hand into the pumpkin. Remove stem, then remove seeds and stringy pieces from inside pumpkin. Place pumpkin with the cut-side down on the trivet. If pumpkin is too large to fit in the pot, cut in half and arrange both halves to fit.

  • Close and lock the lid; set valve to sealing. Select manual mode according to manufacturer's instructions and set timer for 12 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Remove pumpkin from the pot and set on a rack until cook enough to handle, about 5 minutes.

  • Scrape pumpkin flesh from the skin and place into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.

Cook's Notes:

Use a 3- to 4-pound pie pumpkin or sugar pumpkin for this recipe. Sugar pumpkins have more flesh and are much creamier with a less stringy texture than carving pumpkins.

Store pumpkin puree in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze for future use.

Nutrition Facts

88 calories; protein 3.4g; carbohydrates 22.1g; fat 0.3g; sodium 5.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I made this using two hubbard squashes (2 kilos and 1.1 kilos). I followed the recipe exactly for the smaller one. Excellent, not dried out nor too wet. It had a lovely roasted taste and smell. For the larger, I cut in half, left the seeds in and cooked it open side down. Not only was it perfect, but the seeds were steamed and easily came out with a gentle scrape of a spoon. I put them in my air fryer til just crispy. They were delicious. How many times have I thrown away the seeds because rinsing, boiling then baking was just too much trouble for a handful of seeds. Not anymore! Nothing could be easier. Keep this recipe handy for the holidays to save time and have real pumpkin any time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I had to use my carving pumpkin but this recipe works perfect even for that type. I had to cut mine into 4 chunks but it still worked perfectly for the time. Super Simple Recipe! Read More