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Dinner in a Pumpkin Recipe

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This Dinner in a Pumpkin recipe is a 30-year old tradition our house. I cannot remember when I started making it, but I know it’s been on our table around Halloween for many years.

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My oldest son is 31 years old and to the best of my knowledge we have been enjoying Dinner in a Pumpkin each fall season as long as he has been eating table food. Boy, that was a long time ago.  All three of my kids and even their significant others still enjoy eating this every October or November.

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Most people don’t think about cooking in, let alone eating, the same pumpkins you can turn into jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkin is an amazing vegetable, that tastes great cooked and is very good for you.

Orange vegetables are full of fiber, betacarotene and vitamin A, just to name a few of its benefits.

Dinner in a Pumpkin is a 25 year fall and Halloween tradition for our family. It's an all in one meal that we can't get enough of. Why not start a new family tradition today?

What’s really great about this recipe, if you have younger kids, you can use acrylic paint to decorate the pumpkin before baking and have a dinner in a jack-o-lantern if you choose to decorate.

Dinner in a Pumpkin is a 25 year fall and Halloween tradition for our family. It's an all in one meal that we can't get enough of. Why not start a new family tradition today?

Dinner in a Pumpkin Recipe

The recipe is very simple and takes about 30 mins of prep and 1 hour of cooking time. Your kids will be thrilled to see a pumpkin on the table for dinner.

Scoop it out and enjoy! Do you have any family traditions you follow in the fall or for Halloween? Let us know what happens in your home.

Here’s what you’ll need to make dinner in a pumpkin:

  • Small round pumpkin
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef browned with onions, mushrooms and garlic. Drained
  • To Stir in meat
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 3 10.75 cans cream of celery soup

There’s nothing fancy happening, the magic is in the pumpkin! All of these simple ingredients come together to make a really delicious casserole style dinner that cooks inside the pumpkin!

Dinner in a Pumpkin is a 25 year fall and Halloween tradition for our family. It's an all in one meal that we can't get enough of. Why not start a new family tradition today?

How to make dinner in a pumpkin:

Wash the outside of the pumpkin. 

Cut top of the pumpkin off and remove the seeds and pulp. 

Fill hollowed out pumpkin with meat mixture and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for one hour. 

Pumpkin should be soft. 

Scoop out onto plates and enjoy!

Can I eat the pumpkin too?

Yes! You can also eat the pumpkin. We don’t eat the shell. You’ll see, once it’s done cooking the outer skin is like a shell. The inner pumpkin flesh will pull away easily and it’s simple to scoop out and make part of your meal!

Weight Watchers info for dinner in a pumpkin:

This recipe has been calculated for the myWW programs on September 21, 2020. If you would like to reduce the points I have some suggestions!

To reduce the points for each serving (10 total including the pumpkin) you can use ground chicken breast or ground turkey breast, Truvia brown sugar, less soy sauce, and less cream of celery soup.

Points bubbles for weight watchers showing 10 points for each program.

Looking for other delicious dinner recipes?

Here are some other delicious meals that you can enjoy this fall!

Printable Dinner In A Pumpkin Recipe:

You can print this delicious recipe for use whenever you like! We make this in the fall when pumpkins are readily available but you can eat them whenever you like if you have pumpkins!

Yield: 10 Servings

Dinner in a Pumpkin Recipe

Dinner in a Pumpkin Recipe

This Dinner in a Pumpkin recipe is a 30-year old tradition our house. I cannot remember when I started making it, but I know it's been on our table around Halloween for many years.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Small round pumpkin
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef browned with onions, mushrooms and garlic. Drained
  • To Stir in meat
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 3 10.75 cans cream of celery soup.

Instructions

  1. Wash the outside of the pumpkin.
  2. Cut top of the pumpkin off and remove the seeds and pulp.
  3. Fill hollowed out pumpkin with meat mixture and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for one hour.
  4. Pumpkin should be soft.
  5. Scoop out onto plates and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 773Total Fat 38gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 125mgCarbohydrates 54gFiber 4gSugar 13gProtein 51g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

Dinner in a Pumpkin is a 25 year fall and Halloween tradition for our family. It's an all in one meal that we can't get enough of. Why not start a new family tradition today?

The whole recipe makes approx. 5 cups. You may need to double the batch for a bigger crowd or a bigger pumpkin!

This recipe is in no way authorized or associated with the Weight Watchers Program.

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susan

Sunday 27th of October 2019

how many WW points and about how much is the serving size?

Beth Young

Sunday 27th of October 2019

I would like to make this today. Are you supposed to tear chunks of the baked pumpkin off after it is cooked and eat the pumpkin too? Looks like that would be good, just want to make sure.

Michele Brosius

Sunday 27th of October 2019

Yes! Yes! Eat the pumpkin It's delicious and nutritious! Thanks and enjoy.

Sr. Joseph

Friday 25th of October 2019

This is one of my favorite things to cook. As a teacher we celebrate Halloween every year in our class. Everyone brings in an ingredient for the meal. All PUMPKIN! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, etc. We get the biggest pumpkin we can find, that will fit in the oven and go to town! We are able to feed more than 30 people and have leftovers! It is absolutely delicious, we've even used venison! It was my classroom tradition for years and now that I'm retired I make this meal for all my sisters.

Michele Brosius

Sunday 27th of October 2019

Ah... what a great tradition. Thanks for sharing.

Jim Dreger

Monday 14th of October 2019

I'm thinking this would be a fun meal for young cooks to make. The problem is you are very loose with the directions. You say "2 lbs lean ground beef browned with onions, mushrooms and garlic. Drained", but, there are no instructions on how much onion, garlic or mushrooms. Are they all placed in the skillet and browned together or separately?

Michele Brosius

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

Thanks for stopping by. I brown my meat, small chopped onion, 2 cloves of garlic and 8 oz sliced mushrooms all in the same pan.

Debi Knight

Sunday 29th of September 2019

Is this a regular pumpkin or pie pumpkin? Does it matter?

Michele Brosius

Sunday 29th of September 2019

It's a pumpkin you could carve into a jack o lantern. A pie pumpkin to me looks like a gourd, we call them neck pumpkins. So different areas must call them different things. You can eat any pumpkin so I am sure whichever you choose will be fine. THANKS

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