How to Make Pumpkin Puree (easy oven method)

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This easy oven-baked method for homemade pumpkin puree is life changing.  Once you try it you will never go back to canned.  It is completely different than canned in every way. Canned pumpkin can sometimes have a watery texture and bitter taste, whereas homemade pumpkin puree is thick, creamy and slightly sweet.  The homemade version also has more pumpkin flavor and a vibrant yellow-orange color which clearly indicates how fresh it is.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree in Mason Jar

How to roast a pumpkin

Simply roast the pumpkin whole in your oven and then puree the cooked pumpkin flesh in your blender.  I was always skeptical about the process of roasting a pumpkin and I assumed it would be difficult and time consuming to make the puree.  But in all actuality, roasting a pumpkin doesn’t take much effort at all. 

Here is exactly how to do it… place the pumpkin on a bare baking pan and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45-55 minutes.  The baking time will depend on the size of your pumpkin and the accuracy of your oven.  You will know it is done when the skin starts to brown as shown below.

Oven Baked Whole Pumpkin Cut in Half

After it is done baking, simply cut it in half and scoop out the seeds and guts with a fork or spoon.  Set aside.

Scooping out seeds from cooked pumpkin
Scooping out seeds from oven baked halved pumpkin

If you are unable to cut your pumpkin easily return it to the oven flesh side down to bake for another 5-15 minutes. 

Peeling away pumpkin skin

Next, peel away the pumpkin skin leaving the pumpkin flesh. 

Pumpkin Skin Coming Off

You will be left with three piles: the seeds/guts, the skin and the pumpkin flesh.  

Seeds Skin and Pumpkin Flesh

You will then transfer the yellow pumpkin flesh to your blender and blend until it is smooth and creamy.  Below is a photo of the flesh in the blender before it is pureed. 

Pumpkin Puree Before Blending

I typically blend on the low speed and use my blender‘s tamper/plunger to help it along.  You may have to stop to scrape down the sides of the blender to ensure it all gets pureed.  Below is a photo of the smooth and creamy pureed pumpkin puree.  

Homemade Pumpkin Puree in Blender

Overall, the total hands-on time is less than 10 minutes and the results are most definitely worth it.  I promise!

What are the health benefits of pumpkin?

Pumpkin is everybody’s favorite fall superfood and it is known for being packed with disease-fighting nutrients.  It contains powerful antioxidants known as carotenoids that can protect cells from free radical damage.  It also offers fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, folate, potassium and vitamins A, C, E and K.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree in Mason Jar

Let’s put your homemade pumpkin puree to use!

Here are my favorite refined sugar-free, vegan and gluten-free pumpkin recipe (both savory and sweet):

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Homemade Pumpkin Puree (oven method) Homemade Pumpkin Puree (pressure cooker method)

Pumpkin Soup

Creamy Pumpkin Oatmeal

Creamy Pumpkin Garlic Pasta

Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Muffins

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Risotto

One-Pot Pumpkin Curry

Garlic Pumpkin Hummus

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Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


An easy oven-baked method to make homemade pumpkin puree.  You won’t have to cut the pumpkin while raw.  Once cooked you separate out the pumpkin flesh and puree in your blender.  That’s it!


  • 1, 2.5-3 lb. sugar pumpkin (also known as a pie pumpkin)*


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the pumpkin whole on a rimmed baking sheet or baking pan.  Bake for 45-55 minutes until the skin is dark orange and the top starts to brown a little. Safely remove from oven and test for doneness with a knife. The knife should very easily slide all the way through the pumpkin to cut it in half. If not, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  3. Allow the cooked and halved pumpkin to cool to room temperature or until you can comfortably and safely handle it. Use a spoon or fork to scoop out the pumpkin seeds (see notes for roasted pumpkin seed recipe) and guts. If cooked properly it should easily separate from the flesh. If it does not or seems hard then return to the oven for more cooking time.
  4. Use your hands to peel off the skin (it should easily fall right off the pumpkin flesh).  You will now be left with the pumpkin flesh which is what you will puree into pumpkin puree.
  5. Place the pumpkin flesh in a high speed blender and blend starting on low speed for a couple seconds to get the puree going. Then slowly increase to medium speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy. You may need to use your blender‘s tamper/plunger while blending or stop the blending to scrape down the sides with a mini spatula. If you are having difficulty you can add water (one tablespoon at a time) to get it going. But, if it is cooked properly you should not need to do this.
  6. Store pumpkin puree in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to one week. This recipe yields 2-3.5 cups of pumpkin puree depending on the weight of your pumpkin.  One can of pumpkin puree is about 1.5 cups so this recipe will definitely yield more than one can.


To roast the seeds, first place the seeds and any attached strands into a large bowl of water. If any seeds are attached to pumpkin strands/flesh, separate. All the seeds will float to the top. Use a slotted spoon to then scoop them out of the water onto paper towels to blot dry. Once dry, drizzle with 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon salt. It is the perfect sweet and salty combo. You may also want to drizzle with olive oil for a savory flavor. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes until golden brown. Watch closely at the end to avoid burning. Every oven is different and pumpkin seeds vary in size greatly. Allow to cool slightly before enjoying. Store in a glass container on your countertop for up to three days. 

Be sure to also check out my easy method for homemade pumpkin puree using a pressure cooker.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: DIY
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: how to make homemade pumpkin puree

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  1. Ashlee

    So you think this could be frozen for future use?

    • Elaine Gordon

      Yes – up to 2 months. Just let it cool completely to room temperature and then fill an airtight container (such as a mason jar). Be sure to leave at least one inch of space at the top and secure tightly. To use from frozen place the container in the refrigerator for 48 hours to thaw.

  2. Jeanne

    Came out perfect. You may never want to use can pumpkin again.

    • Elaine Gordon

      Awesome! So awesome! Love to hear it! I will never go back either! It just doesn’t compare!

  3. Christina

    Never going back to store-made pumpkin again! This was really easy to make (I used the InstantPot method). While I was super nervous, Elaine walked me through it over IG and it turned out great! Such a pure and delicious pumpkin purée. Definitely made a difference in my recipes!

    • Elaine Gordon

      Aw thank you so much, Christina! I’m so happy to hear you are a convert! ;). And I’m glad I was able to help!


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