Could you think of anything more festive than eating out of a pumpkin? This pumpkin bowl makes for the perfect vessel for basically any food on your Thanksgiving table. Here’s how to create this statement piece that is sure to wow your guests and make them even more excited to eat the stuffing, mashed potatoes, soup or any other food that is nestled inside.

And if you’re feeling extra creative, you can make small individual pumpkin bowls to serve each of your guests. A pumpkin that is 10-12 inches in diameter (as seen in the video) will hold about 28 ounces, but if you are using single-serving pumpkins (6-8 inches in diameter), you need only adjust the recipe and cooking time. If you are making more than one pumpkin bowl, try to make them as close to the same size as possible, that way you can bake them together for the same amount of time.

If you need some inspiration on how to fill your pumpkin, check out this recipe for a curried butternut squash soup.

How to Make a Pumpkin Bowl


  • Cut the top off of your baking/pie pumpkin and clean out the inside.


  • Rinse and save the pumpkin seeds to roast later
  • Soften 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Make a paste of butter + 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1 tablespoon brown sugar (less for a smaller pumpkin)


  • Rub the paste onto the inside of the pumpkin


  • Bake at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes until the insides are soft, but will not puncture when soup is poured in.
  • Cover the rim of the bowl with tinfoil partway through if it starts to get too dark and looks like it’s going to burn.
  • Fill with soup…or dressing…or even with spiced mashed sweet potatoes, top with marshmallows and pop back under the broiler to make the mallows billow up and get crispy.



Check out these videos for other ideas to help you with your pumpkin bowls!


You can also cook a stew right inside a large pumpkin! View this video and at 3:40 they show you how to put the stew in and bake at 325 for two hours.

And here’s one more video for inspiration. At 2:44, there’s another savory way to prep your pumpkin bowls.