Pumpkin Pie Recipe



  • 1 1/4 cup  canned pumpkin purée
  • large eggs
  • 1/3 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup  light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/8 teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon  nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1 cup  half-and-half
  •   One 9-inch pie crust, partially baked*

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by Jennifer Reese

I had always used canned pumpkin for pie, because it was what my mother and grandmother used. But I liked the idea of starting with a whole food rather than a can, and what if canned pumpkin turned out to be just as inferior as canned sweet potatoes and I just didn’t know better?

I baked two pies, identical except for the source of the pumpkin. Pie number one contained the flesh of a sugar pie pumpkin that I roasted for an hour, peeled, seeded, de-stringed, and forced through the food mill. Pie number two contained the flesh of a pumpkin that Libby’s had processed in a plant and I scooped out of the can.

The results: The canned pumpkin was (obviously) more convenient, and I did not have to wait for it to roast. It was also slightly more expensive — about $0.50 more than the whole pumpkin. But those were 50 cents well spent, because it made a superior pumpkin pie — the flavor was bigger, rounder, more pumpkin-y.

My advice: When you’re standing at the supermarket the day before Thanksgiving pondering your pumpkin options, grab the can and get in the checkout line before it grows any longer. You’re not being squeamish, you’re being sensible.

Make it or buy it? Make it. (But buy the can.)

Click here to see the homemade pie crust recipe. 


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, eggs, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and half-and-half and beat until smooth. Pour into the crust. Bake for 35 minutes, and remove from the oven. This is incredible served warm out of the oven, and almost as good cold.


Calories per serving:

265 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 97g 149%
  • Carbs 292g 97%
  • Saturated 43g 215%
  • Fiber 13g 53%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 159g
  • Monounsaturated 35g
  • Polyunsaturated 11g
  • Protein 30g 60%
  • Cholesterol 462mg 154%
  • Sodium 1,214mg 51%
  • Calcium 478mg 48%
  • Magnesium 133mg 33%
  • Potassium 1,355mg 39%
  • Iron 9mg 51%
  • Zinc 4mg 24%
  • Phosphorus 642mg 92%
  • Vitamin A 2,777µg 309%
  • Vitamin C 15mg 25%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 24%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 66%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 26%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 149µg 37%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 28%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 26%
  • Vitamin K 53µg 66%
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