Healthy thanksgiving side dishes ? roasted pumpkin

Main Dish
7 servings
15 min
35 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 7
1 Sugar Pie Pumpkin (size depends on number of people you’re serving)

Kosher Salt

Manchego Pesto:

1/4 Cup Raw Pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)

1/4 Cup Manchego Cheese (cut to small cubes)

2 Cloves Roasted Garlic

Kosher Salt

Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Olive Oil


  • Preheat Oven to 500 degrees Farenheit. Cut pumpkin in half from the top (stem) down.
  • Clean out the seeds and strings from inside the pumpkin. Save seeds for later roasting.
  • Slice pumpkin into 3/4″ – 1″ wedges and peel off skin with peeler. Place pumpkin slices on large baking sheet.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the top of the pumpkin. Using your hands, rub the oil onto all of the slices.
  • Place garlic cloves into a small piece of foil. Drizzle olive oil over the garlic. Close up the foil around the garlic cloves leaving a seam on top.
  • Place pumpkin and garlic into the oven. Cook for 25 – 30 minutes. (This time could vary depending on the moisture content of your pumpkin.
  • It’s done when the edges are a golden brown.). Remove pumpkin and garlic from the oven.
  • While the pumpkin is cookin. Add the pepitas, garlic, a pinch of kosher salt, a few grinds of black pepper and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to your food processor (should use a small processor, but could also use a mortar and pestle).
  • Turn on the processor and puree until pepitas are still in large chunks. Add the manchego cheese to the processor and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Puree until pepitas are quite small but manchego is still fairly chunky. Continue adding olive oil until the desired consistency is reached.
  • To serve, place several pieces of pumpkin on a plate and drizzle with pesto.


Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes ? Roasted Pumpkin, photo 1
Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes ? Roasted Pumpkin, photo 2


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