A Recipe For Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin is delicious and so easy to turn into a tasty soup with toasted seeds as a topping. Yet every year, 95% of pumpkins grown in the UK are carved and then thrown in the bin causing a shocking amount of avoidable food waste. Don't be that person.

Pumpkin is delicious and so easy to turn into a tasty soup with toasted seeds as a topping. I like to buy up the reduced supermarket pumpkins after Halloween - saving them from going straight in the bin - to turn them into soups and pies. I batch cook the soup to freeze for later and store the pumpkin seeds in my pantry for topping dishes with. Buying reduced foods is a great way to help reduce food waste, and you get to enjoy tasty seasonal dishes in the process!

This is a quick and easy recipe for toasting your pumpkin seeds after carving. These seeds are excellent for topping soups and salads, or just eating as a snack. You can flavour them with whatever herbs and spices you have, although I recommend a blend of salt, pepper, and paprika. You could also make a sweet version with maple or agave syrup and cinnamon, which would be delicious as a pumpkin pie topping.


1 large pumpkin
olive oil · 1-3 tsp herbs and/or spices:
· salt and pepper
· paprika
· chilli
· cumin


Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4

Scrape all the seeds out of the pumpkin.

Pull off any strings of pumpkin flesh and rinse the seeds to clean them.

Place the seeds on a clean tea towel and pat dry. You can also leave them in a sieve over a bowl to dry out for a few hours or overnight.

Put the seeds in a bowl and drizzle over with olive oil.

Add your herbs and/or spices and mix well.

Spread the seeds out evenly on a baking pan, and bake until the seeds turn darker in colour, this should take around 10 minutes. You'll know they're done when the seeds rustle as you move them around the pan. If you're toasting a lot of seeds at once, you'll want to give the pan a shake to ensure all the seeds are evenly toasted and nothing gets burned.

Take the seeds out of the oven and leave to cool.

Transfer to an airtight container.

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