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By: Enrique Gili on Dec. 20, 2012, 1:14 p.m.
Roasted pumpkin

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Roasted Pumpkin with Spices

Aside from being a cheerful gourd, pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and packed with beta-carotene, nutrients that boost auto-immune functions and promote longevity.

Prep time: 10 minutes  

Total time: 40 minutes  

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Roasted Pumpkin with Spices


  • 1 sugar pumpkin, about 2-3 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch cumin powder
  • Dash dried thyme and oregano, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar (optional)
Cooking directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut pumpkin in half. Remove top vine. Scrape away seeds and pulp with the rounded edge of a spoon. Cut pumpkin into large sections.
  3. Melt butter and olive oil in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce and stir.
  4. Place pumpkin sections on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Drizzle melted butter over pumpkin. Sprinkle salt, pepper and cumin. Place on the center rack of oven and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until skin begins to blacken and blister and flesh becomes fork tender. Plate and serve hot with pumpkin juices.