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Pumpkin Equivalents, Measures, and Substitutions

Pumpkins are interchangeable with other winter squashes in most recipes


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© 2006 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

Pumpkin Equivalents, Measures, and Substitutions

Most winter squashes are interchangeable in recipes, measure for measure. If you do not have pumpkin, substitute acorn squash, hubbard squash, butternut squash, buttercup squash, or calabaza. Sweet potatoes are also a good option as a subtitute for pumpkin.

Plan on purchasing 1/3 to 1/2 pound of pumpkin per serving as a side dish. Much of the weight will be discarded in the peel and seeds.

• 1 fresh 5-pound pumpkin = about 4-1/2 cups cooked, mashed pumpkin
• 1 pound fresh pumpkin = about 1 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin
• 1 15-ounce can pumpkin = 1-3/4 cups mashed pumpkin
• 1 29-ounce can pumpkin = 3-1/2 cups mashed pumpkin

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