Easy Pumpkin Pie with Pumpkin Spice Recipe



happy fall with pumpkins, pumpkin recipesFall has finally officially arrived (though it doesn’t feel like it yet here in Texas).

It seems like everyone we know is immediately in pumpkin mode as the season changes from summer to fall.

Pumpkin decorations – indoor and outdoor, pumpkin recipes, pumpkin beverages, and maybe even a pumpkin costume for the holiday around the corner … Oh my!


We definitely enjoy good pumpkin recipes around here – pumpkin pie, bread, muffins, cheesecake, roasted seeds, lattes, and more.

So today we’re sharing an easy pumpkin pie recipe made with homemade pumpkin pie spice (no need to rush out and buy a new spice for the cabinet).

Pumpkin Pie Spice

First, let’s mix up the pumpkin pie spice, so it’s all ready to use in our pumpkin pie.

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We’re going to gather up and mix together 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground allspice, 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and a pinch of ground cloves.  Stir all this together until well combined and store in an airtight container.

Pumpkin Pie Crust

For the crust, we’ll mix together 1-1/2 cups of flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Then we’ll use a pastry blender or fork to cut in 1/2 cup shortening until pieces are small pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon water over the mixture and use a fork to gently combine.  Push the moistened mixture to side of bowl and repeat with another tablespoon of water (using between 4 and 5 tablespoons of water in total) until all is moistened and a stiff dough is formed.  Set aside in fridge, covered, until ready to use.

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Pumpkin Pie Filling

Now for the super easy part.  (Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.)  We combine a can of pumpkin with 2 eggs, then add 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1-1/2 teaspoons of our pumpkin pie spice, and mix thoroughly.  Stir in 1 and 2/3 cups evaporated milk until well combined.

Remove pie dough from fridge.  Lightly flour a smooth surface, and flatten dough out with hands, then roll dough out from center to edges, forming a circle that is about 12 inches in diameter. Wrap pastry gently over rolling pin and place pie crust into a 9-inch deep dish pie pan, being careful not to stretch pastry as you place it in the pan.

Trim the pastry to 1/2-inch beyond edge of pie plate, folding under any extra pastry. Pinch edges with thumb and fore-finger for a fluted edge.

fluted edge pie crust, finger crimping

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Pour pumpkin pie filling into prepared pastry crust and bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Then reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 45 more minutes (if crust edges start to brown too much, tear some aluminum foil into strips and gently lay over crust edges -or use a pie crust shield – to protect them from further browning as the pie bakes).

The pie is done when it slightly jiggles in the middle when bumped; if it looks done, it probably is.  If it is starting to crack in the middle, it’s been in the oven too long (though topping it with whipped cream can fix almost anything, right?). When cooled, serve with a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!

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P.S. If you don’t use a deep-dish pie plate for this pie, you will likely have extra filling left over – you could use any extra crust scraps and filling to make mini-pies in a mini-muffin tin!

(See the detailed Pumpkin Pie and Pie Crust recipes).

Looking for more pumpkin recipes to use your new pumpkin pie spice mix?  How about these ideas …

Pumpkin Angel Food Cake

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie with Praline & Coconut Pecan Crust

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites


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Stuffed Mushroom Recipes You Have to Try



Best Stuffed Mushroom Recipes | Dish Dish Online Recipe OrganizerMushrooms. Fall always makes us think of the savory flavor of mushrooms – in soup, with rice, on a hamburger, with some scrambled eggs or an omelet.  Oh my!  So many ways to enjoy them.

Mushrooms cook quickly and are easy to chop up and toss into almost any dish for added flavor, texture, and a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, too!

This infographic shares some of the advantages and benefits of mushrooms.


One of our favorite ways to enjoy mushrooms, though, is with a good stuffed mushroom recipe.  These are great for any time you’re having a party, a few friends over for dinner, or just some pre-dinner snacks and drinks.

Here are a few highlighted recipes we are sure you will enjoy – from healthy, diabetic-friendly versions to variations with quinoa, cream cheese, bacon, sausage, crab meat and more.  Yummy!

Which one will be your new favorite?

Crab Cake Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

These large mushrooms are lined with leaves of fresh spinach before being filled with cream cheese and crab meat mixture, topped off with bread crumbs, and baked until golden.  Such a delightful flavor combination.

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Bacon and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

A healthier version of stuffed mushrooms, sans the creamy cheese filling, these mushrooms are filled with spinach, bacon, and garlic mixed with just a little bit of bread crumbs and Parmesan.  (Photo by SkinnyTaste)

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms, appetizer recipe


Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms

In case you or a family member are watching your diet due to diabetes concerns, these diabetic-friendly stuffed mushrooms are filled with reduced-fat cream cheese mixed with bell peppers, parsley, seasonings, and a sprinkling of bread crumbs.

Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms, diabetic-friendly recipe


Ham Stuffed Mushrooms

Here’s a dairy-free version of stuffed mushrooms, filled with ham, bell peppers, bread crumbs and fat-free Italian salad dressing.  Make it even healthier by using turkey bacon instead of ham and substituting almond flour for the bread crumbs. (Photo by Nueske’s)

Ham Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe


Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuff these mushrooms with a cream cheese and sausage mixture seasoned with a little white wine, onion, garlic, and Parmesan.  Amazing flavor!

sausage stuffed mushrooms, appetizer recipe


Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

This terrific recipe was created by a Texas-4H member in San Angelo.  Vegetarians will enjoy these stuffed mushrooms filled with quinoa, bell pepper, spinach, onion and garlic, topped off with some Gouda cheese slices. (Photo by Frontier Co-op)

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So, how do you enjoy incorporating healthy mushrooms into your everyday cooking routine?  We love to hear your ideas and suggestions in the comments below.  (And please share this post with your friends, if you enjoyed).


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7 Simple Pasta Recipes


7 simple pasta recipes by Dish DishToday we are sharing 7 simple pasta recipes to enjoy with your family this week.

The great thing about these pasta recipes is that they are fairly simple to make, keeping cooking time to a minimum (most ready in about 30 minutes), and generally healthy meal options.

Make your pasta dishes even healthier by choosing whole grain pastas or using a spiralizer to make vegetable noodles for your pasta recipes.

Pasta is great for stretching your protein ingredients for a larger size group, too.

So, let’s get started!

Italian Pasta Stir-Fry

A simple and light vegetarian dish, ready in about 20 minutes or so.  While cooking the pasta, dice up the cherry tomatoes and zucchini, then stir-fry for just a few minutes with seasonings before tossing in the cooked pasta and topping with some Parmesan cheese (or other cheese, as desired).  Yummy!

Italian Pasta Recipe with Cherry Tomatoes and Zucchini


One Pot Sausage Pasta

Serve up dinner and only use one skillet (fewer dishes to wash is always nice, right?)!  Brown some sausage, then cook with crushed tomatoes, garlic, onion, and seasonings with vegetable broth, adding rigatoni or penne pasta and cooking ’til pasta is cooked through.  This easy dinner is ready in about 30 minutes and has a mix of flavors everyone is sure to enjoy.

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Shrimp and Pasta with Tomato Salsa Cruda

Dish up some shrimp with your pasta in this recipe seasoned with fresh tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar.  Cook the pasta as directed, tossing in shrimp during the last 3 minutes of cooking.  After draining the pasta, stir in the tomatoes and seasonings, and it’s ready to eat!  Super easy, fresh, and ready in no time.

shrimp and pasta recipe with tomato salsa cruda


Creamy Pepperoni Pasta

Now for a little different pasta dish, made with pepperoni, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and cheese.  Creamy white sauce and veggies host the pasta and pepperoni for a cheesy filling dinner ready in about 30 minutes.  Lots of yummy flavors here!

Creamy Pepperoni Pasta Recipe with bow tie pasta, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese


Farmers Market Pasta Salad

Here is a pasta salad that is perfectly cool and creamy for a fresh summer treat.  Cooked pasta tossed with fresh broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and green onions with a creamy ranch dressing and cottage cheese.  Another cool dinner that’s ready in less than 30 minutes.

farmers market pasta salad | pasta recipes


Pasta Florentine

Similar to a dish served at Olive Garden, this creamy pasta dish is filled with mushrooms, peas, ham, and seasonings, and ready in a little over 30 minutes.  Saute garlic with mushrooms for a couple of minutes before stirring in cream, chicken broth, ham, vegetables and seasonings and allowing to simmer while pasta cooks in separate pan.  Combine ingredients after draining pasta, and top with grated Parmesan before serving.

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Penne with Sausage and Vodka Sauce

I love a good creamy tomato sauce, and this one with added vodka is so smooth and full of flavor with a dash of red pepper, garlic and Italian sausage.  Top off with some fresh basil and parmigiano-reggiano for a delightful dinner (simple enough for a small family dinner or a large potluck group)!

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What are your favorite pasta recipes?  Do you like to experiment with various vegetables and proteins with your pasta?  Leave us a comment below about your pasta experiences!

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