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
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  • 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

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Rating: 5 stars
I used a glass bowl and a 900 watt microwave. These directions are spot on. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
Mine cooked fine with the times listed. The only issue I had was the instructions say to peel the skin off with your fingers. After letting it sit for 10 minutes, it was still rather hot, so be careful. It was much easier to take the skin off with a knife. Otherwise a quick, effective way to make puree. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
I used a glass bowl and a 900 watt microwave. These directions are spot on. Read More