Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree

4 cups
28 min

Learn how to make pumpkin puree in an Instant Pot pressure cooker with a whole pumpkin. This is the easiest way I've found to make pumpkin puree at home, and you don't need a food mill.

Pie pumpkins and sugar pumpkins make the best pumpkin puree. You could technically use a carving pumpkin, but it won't have a great flavor.

I used my 6 quart Instant Pot. Depending on the size of the pumpkin, you can fit 1 to 1 1/2 pumpkins in it. I can usually get three halves in mine, so it doesn't take long at all to do three pumpkins.

This steams the pumpkin, so the skin falls right off. Then blend the pumpkin with some water to get pumpkin puree to use in recipes. You can freeze leftovers to use later. I like to freeze in a silicone ice cube tray to use in recipes.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Puree
Recipe details
  • 4  cups
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 13 Minutes Total time: 28 min
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  • 1 pie pumpkin
  • water

Carefully cut off the stem from the pumpkin. Then cut in half and remove the seeds and stringy bits from the pumpkin.
Place 1 cup of water in the liner and place the trivet inside. Place both halves of the pumpkin in the liner. Mine were small, so I fit 3 halves in each load. Pressure cook on high for 13 minutes. Let release naturally.
Release the pressure and remove the lid. Carefully remove the pumpkin with a spoon and place on a cookie sheet. The pumpkin will be hot!
Use tongs to remove the skin and discard or compost.
Place the pumpkin puree in a food processor or blender. Blend and add water as needed. I used about 1/4 cup for one pumpkin.
Cari @ Homesteading in Ohio
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