Rating: 4.5 stars
3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This is a quick and easy way to make homemade fresh pumpkin puree, using the microwave. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You may freeze in freezer bags; measuring in 1 cup portions before freezing makes prep easier.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins
10 mins
40 mins
4 cups


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cut stem off of pumpkin to create a hole using a good, strong knife, as cutting through a pumpkin can be tricky. Scoop and scrape pulp and seeds out of pumpkin, saving seeds to roast later. Cut pumpkin in quarters. Cut quarters in 1/2 again.

  • Place pumpkin pieces in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, tight enough to not let any steam or moisture escape during cooking time.

  • Microwave for 7 minutes, checking seal of plastic wrap halfway through cooking time to ensure no moisture is not escaping. Continue cooking in the microwave for another 8 minutes. Remove plastic wrap by pulling wrap furthest from you back towards you, allowing hot steam to escape away from you. Let cool for 10 minutes.

  • Peel skin from pumpkin using your fingers.

  • Puree peeled pumpkin using a food processor, hand masher, or a potato ricer.

Cook's Note:

Be sure the pieces are uniform in size to ensure even cooking.

Nutrition Facts

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