Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie is a must-have for Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts. And it’s even better when made with homemade pumpkin puree.

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Pumpkin Pie is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Last time we made the pie, we decided to try to puree our leftover pumpkins from Halloween that were never carved. 

Of course, at that time, we had no clue how to make our own pumpkin puree, so we decided to just wing it and see what happens. I’m still not completely sure we did it correctly. But either way, the pie came out delicious, and that’s all that matters. 

The one thing we didn’t realize was how much pumpkin puree we would get just from one pumpkin! I made it into the pie of course. But also gave some to neighbors as gifts, made Pumpkin Pie Smoothies, and made a Pumpkin Roll

If you’re going to use homemade pumpkin puree then you will need two cups of it. But, I don’t blame you for buying the canned puree. It’s much easier and you can have this pie done in under an hour. 

Pumpkin pie can be made ahead of time. If I am in charge of the pumpkin pie I will make it the night before and store it in the refrigerator. Then let it sit out for about an hour before serving. 

TIP: If your pumpkin pie often cracks along the top, you’ve cooked it too long.

When removed from the oven, the pie should still be soft in the center. A toothpick inserted one inch from the edge needs to come out clean. Not the center.

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 400F then use an electric mixer or immersion blender to combine all of the ingredients except the crust. 

Place the crust on a baking sheet to catch anything that may spillover. Trust me, it’s much easier to do this and clean the pan later than the oven. Fill the pie with the blended filling. It will be extremely full, but you want it to be to the top of the crust. 

Very carefully move the pie to the oven and bake it for about 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted about one inch from the edge comes out clean. Serve the pie warm or let cool before serving. Top with whipped cream if desired. 


Originally Published On: February 14, 2016

Last Updated On: October 25, 2019


Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie is a must-have for Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts. And it’s even better when made with homemade pumpkin puree.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword holidays, pie, pumpkin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 180kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch


  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 3/4 cups pureed pumpkin
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • In large bowl, beat all ingredients together (except crust) with electric mixer or immersion blender
  • Pour into prepared pie crust and put pie on a cookie sheet (in case of spills)
  • Bake 40-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted one inch from the edge comes out clean


NOTE: If your pie cracks on the top, it was cooked too long. It will look undercooked when you take it out but the pie sets as it cools.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 6460IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1.3mg

View Comments (28)

  • You read my mind, I was talking to my daughter and told her as we are entering fall, we should have Pumpkin pie this Sunday. I will make it, thanks for sharing.

  • Wow, this looks absolutely delicious - I love pumpkin pie! I haven't made one for years though so will definitely give your recipe a go!

  • This looks so good! I love pumpkin pie! I do not bake a lot, but I will definitely give your recipe a try.

    • Oh, I love to bake! But this one is a more simple baking recipe. Mix it all, pour in a shell, and bake!

  • It's that time of year! Fragrant pumpkin pies and those delicious flavors and tempting aromas. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

    • It's definitely that time of the year! There are pumpkins everywhere and the house smells so good!

  • I am so excited for fall and all the traditional fall foods, especially pumpkin pie! I might even make one this weekend to properly welcome fall. This recipe looks delicious!

  • Ohhhh, thank you for sharing this! I LOVE PUMPKIN! My husband dreads fall every year because I'm such a huge pumpkin freak!k

    • Pumpkin isn't my favorite, but I do enjoy the flavor. I think my husband likes it more than me, so we are opposite here!

  • I'm going to start off by saying that I typically do not follow the pumpkin spice trend in the fall. However, I do love a mean piece of pumpkin pie and have no good recipes! I'll for sure be trying this one out! Thanksgiving in Canada is just around the corner!

    • I don't do a lot of pumpkin spice either. But pumpkin pie is always an exception to that for me, too!

  • This is just one of the easiest, yummiest fall classics, isn't it? I LOVE that you cooked the pumpkin from scratch! Thanks for sharing this tasty-looking recipe! :)

    • You know me, as much from scratch as I can! But I've made this recipe with canned pumpkin, too, and it works as well. I just prefer the flavor of fresh pumpkin :)

  • I'll be honest, I've never been one to like a full-on pumpkin pie. I've been brave to try some here and there. But this recipe actually looks good and makes me want to try again! :)

    • It's never been my favorite either, but I do like how this one comes out. Especially when I use fresh puree rather than canned.

  • Pumpkin Pie is definitely one of my favorites of the season. We tend to eat this whenever the mood strikes though, even in the summer!

    • I have a hard time finding pumpkin, even canned, when it isn't the fall. I've wanted to make a few pumpkin recipes off-season and haven't been able to find it here. That's awesome that you can!

  • We don't really celebrate Thanksgiving in my country, we don't have fall season here too. But I would love to try making this pumpkin pie, this sounds like a great recipe.

    • We don't get much of a fall season here in South Texas (or South Florida where I grew up). We skip straight from the heat of summer to cold of winter, sometimes overnight! But, around this time of the year when there are pumpkins everywhere, we enjoy making the pumpkin recipes.

  • I love Pumpkin! and this pumpkin pie sounds yum and perfect for trick and treats party! I would love to make this at home :) Thanks for this!

    • The pie would be a great dessert for a Halloween party or other fall gathering! I hope you enjoy the recipe :)

  • My to-go page for deliciousness is always making me proud of my skills) this case is another culinary successful adventure.