• By Deanna Segrave-Daly
  • In 2019
  • October 2, 2019

How To Cook a Whole Pumpkin

How to Cook a Whole Pumpkin | @TspCurry

What do you think might happen if you popped a whole pumpkin – stem and all – into the oven? Believe it or not, in about an hour, you’ll have a beautifully cooked sugar pumpkin and bonus: the seeds will be easier to remove.

Whole cooked pumpkins are the perfect vessel to serve:

Cheesy gratin - Like this Whole Pumpkin Cheddar Gratin | @TspCurry

Here are the ridiculously easy steps:

1. Place the whole pumpkin on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Cover loosely with foil.

Once the baking sheet is in the oven, pour 2 cups of water onto the sheet. You can cook two 6-inch pumpkins on one baking sheet. One 6-inch pumpkin holds enough soup or strata for about four servings.  [bctt tweet=”Serve soup or cheesy strata in a whole pumpkin! How To Cook A Whole Pumpkin #HealthyKitchenHacks via @TspCurry” via=”no”]

2. Bake in a 375°F oven for 1 hour. (It’s done when a knife slips in easily.) Cool slightly.

3. Slice off the top. Scoop out the seeds and make Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds in 15 Minutes.

How to Cook a Whole Pumpkin | @TspCurry

Keep pumpkin warm in an oven set to about 200°F. Or microwave briefly before filling with warm soup or veggies.

4. Fill with your favorite soup, strata or bread pudding – and make everyone smile big pumpkin grins. (:

If you bake pumpkins ahead of time, refrigerate until ready to serve. On the day of serving, fill the cold pumpkin with roasted veggies, gratin, or bread pudding. Cover pumpkin opening with foil.

  • If cold pumpkin is filled with warm filling, bake for about 20-25 minutes in a 350°F oven to warm throughout.
  • If cold pumpkin is filled with cold filling, bake for about 35-45 minutes in a 350°F oven to warm throughout.

How to Cook a Whole Pumpkin | @TspCurry


Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD is a food-loving dietitian from Philadelphia who shares nutritious family recipes, healthy kitchen hacks and culinary tips at Teaspoon of Spice.