How to Roast a Pumpkin

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The fall season means that everywhere you look there’s a pumpkin! Remember that pumpkins just aren’t decorative, they’re a great cooking ingredient. While a pumpkin may look intimidating to incorporate into your food, it’s super easy, especially once you chop it up into smaller chunks and roast it. Don’t let pumpkin season pass you by without trying out one of many pumpkin recipes that require roasting!

Ingredients:

1 medium sugar pumpkin (about 4 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into 2-inch chunks

4 shallots, peeled and quartered lengthwise

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup fresh sage leaves

Coarse salt and ground pepper

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Divide pumpkin, shallots, oil, and sage between two large rimmed baking sheets; season with salt and pepper, and toss.

3. Roast until pumpkin is tender, 30 to 35 minutes, tossing once and rotating sheets halfway through.

Insider tip from Martha Stewart: Sugar pumpkins are members of the gourd family; find them at farmers’ markets or supermarkets. Choose smooth, deep-orange pumpkins that are heavy for their size, without cracks or soft spots. Store in the pantry for up to one month. For peeling, cut off the top and bottom ends, then use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin. For tougher skin, make a few more passes with the peeler.

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