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Savory Pumpkin Grilled CHEESE

The classic grilled cheese gets a savory, fall inspired twist with this spiced up pumpkin make over. Extra cheesy and full of flavor (and providing extra veggie goodness) this savory pumpkin grilled cheese is sure to take your favorite comfort lunch to the next level. 

pumpkin grilled cheese
Alright so there may be snow on the ground (if not now… its coming for you, don’t you worry), but cans of pumpkin are still upon us. Heck, for my American friends Thanksgiving hasn’t even come and gone yet, so a pumpkin recipe is still totally legit, no?

pumpkin grilled cheese

BUT, for any of you who may be getting sick of the outpour of pumpkin baking recipes, you’ll be relieved to know I am not here to bring you yet another sweet pumpkin loaf or pumpkin muffin or even a pumpkin scone. No, today we are mixing that favorite fall obsession with its lesser known, albeit my personal favorite, pairing…


Yes folks. We’re going savory.

pumpkin grilled cheese

We’re melting into the world of one of the best edible inventions to date. The fabulous, classic, never-fail,


pumpkin grilled cheese

Oh grilled cheese. How can you not be loved.  I mean, you never fail us. Warm gooey cheese split between two perfectly grilled pieces of bread? You’ve got everything that our cold, tired, too-lazy-to-cook-anything-real bodies want. You can be served most classically with ketchup or tomato soup. Or, you can get a little extra jazzed up for a night on the town…

pumpkin grilled cheese

With a hot date? Like maybe that last little bit of pumpkin puree that’s been lingering in our fridge from all those baked goodies we’ve been conjuring up all fall?

And I’ll start talking to real human beings now. 

pumpkin grilled cheese

This version of the classic grilled cheese is extra creamy thanks to the addition of pumpkin puree, extra flavorful thanks to the addition of fall spices, extra tangy thanks to some chopped onion, and – most importantly – extra gooey thanks to the addition of two kinds of cheese. #morecheesepleeeeasseee

So simple its hardly a recipe – yet its these simple recipes that end up being the real keepers. I came up with this sandwich as a random experiment years ago.

pumpkin grilled cheese

Actually, quick funny story – I brought this sandwich into the hospital during my inpatient stay (once we were allowed to bring in our own food once a week) and the next week, two other patients AND one of the dietitians had brought it in as well! Now that warmed my heart.

Now knowing YOU have also experienced this fabulous little sandwich will warm my heart even more. Put this super delicious pumpkin grilled cheese on your regular lunch rotation and treat your belly to some serious, serious comfort. 

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pumpkin grilled cheese

pumpkin grilled cheese

pumpkin grilled cheese

Savory Pumpkin Grilled CHEESE

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 sandwich

A fall inspired, savory twist on the classic grilled cheese. Full of flavor, extra creamy and loaded with cheese.


  • 2 slices of delicious, thick (preferably) sturdy bread
  • 2 slices of your favorite white cheese (Monterey jack, swiss or mozzarella are all wonderful)
  • 1 wedge of triangle swiss cheese (such as Laughing Cow) OR 1/2 Tbsp regular cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup white onion, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp each nutmeg and cloves
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • Optional for spice lovers: omit cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and substitute 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. In a lightly greased pan, saute chopped onion until translucent (2-3 minutes).
  2. In a small bowl, mix sautéed onion, pumpkin, cheese wedge or cream cheese and spices until smooth (cheese will remain in chunks but try to break up as much as you can).
  3. Spread pumpkin mixture onto one piece of buttered bread, layer with cheese slices and close with second piece of bread - buttered sides out.
  4. Grill over low/medium heat until outsides are golden and cheese is super melty.
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Linking up with Deborah and Sarah for Meatless Monday!

Tell me,

What’s your favorite make over of the classic grilled cheese? 


  1. Susie @ SuzLyfe | 22nd Nov 16

    Pumpkin is so excellent for savory applications. That’s why I love it in my enchiladas, which I guess is my take on a grilled cheese?
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    • Cora | 24th Nov 16

      Do you used pureed/canned pumpkin in your enchiladas??

  2. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 22nd Nov 16

    Wow! I havent tried this before! I have been loving pumpkin savory this year though!
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    • Cora | 24th Nov 16

      Me too! I tend to go the sweet / baking / with peanut butter route… buts its SO good with cheese or a little spice, or in chili!!

  3. Sarah | 22nd Nov 16

    CORA – This looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Drooling looking at your pictures. I will definitely be making this soon. Love using pumpkin as more of a savory option!
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    • Cora | 24th Nov 16

      I hope you make it and love it!! There’s bound to be some pumpkin and fancy cheese leftover after Thanksgiving, no?

  4. Kat | 22nd Nov 16

    I literally JUST bought myself some Udis gluten-free bread. Girlllll this is totally happening for lunch today. SO YUMMY looking! Although it makes me sad that pumpkin season has almost come to an end I think I’ll survive if I get this sandwich once a week 😉
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    • Cora | 24th Nov 16

      Yay you got bread!! You can make ALL the grilled cheeses!! I hope you make it and like it!

  5. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner | 22nd Nov 16

    Great & creative idea to add in the pumpkin looks delish!
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  6. Sarah | 22nd Nov 16

    Love the idea and combo of a pumpkin grilled cheese! Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

  7. Ellie Pell | 22nd Nov 16

    I love grilled cheese with blueberry jam. It’s SO GOOD! I’ve always wanted to try grilled apple, onion and cheese but always forget about it when I make my lunch. I’m writing myself a note to make it tomorrow 🙂 Great recipe Cora! I think this would probably also work with other squash or even sweet potato too?
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    • Cora | 24th Nov 16

      Oooooh blueberries – that would be goooood! With brie! Or any cheese I suppose. Apple onion and cheese would also be amazing. Did you make it? And love it? I want a savory scone with those ingredients.

  8. chasetheredgrape | 22nd Nov 16

    Pumpkin… Cheese… So good! All that’s missing for me is bacon! Ha!
    And I can guarentee the snow won’t be coming for me – but the sun is out in full force! Got a few days of hot hot hot coming up! Eeek!

    • Cora | 24th Nov 16

      Oh man BACON would take it over the top!
      And you haaaaaaad to rub it in…… haha. Kidding. You ENJOY those hot days. And drink an iced coffee (or one everyday) for me.

  9. Kristy from Southern In Law | 23rd Nov 16

    Pumpkin IN a grilled cheese? Ummm….. YUM! I’ve got to try this!
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    • Cora | 24th Nov 16

      I hope you do! Sooooo good.

  10. Emily Swanson | 24th Nov 16

    Gooey and pumpkiny? GIRL this looks AMAZING!!!! I know it’s not Thanksgiving for you today, but I am thankful for you. <3
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  11. Stephanie Leduc | 24th Nov 16

    Omg… This is amazing!!!! Two kinds of cheese is the way to go! Grilled cheeses are seriously the best, I don’t think there are many quick meals that can top them.
    I’m drooling now and also extremely hungryyyyyy
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    • Cora | 24th Nov 16

      There really isn’t. Maybe homemade mac and cheese is on par… but still not quite. Your beet version REALLY gave me the hankering the other week.

  12. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 24th Nov 16

    I agree–I very much like the idea of a savory pumpkin recipe. Frankly, as far as I’m concerned, it’s pumpkin season for all of winter. I’d be very torn about whether to use the nutmeg and cinnamon or to use the cayenne. Spicy & cheesy is delicious, but I also know from experience that nutmeg goes amazing with cheese! Actually, now that I think of it, I have a recipe that has all three together, and it works really well. Anyway, I’m rambling. Long story short, this looks dee-licious!
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    • Cora | 24th Nov 16

      One of the only places I kind of like some spice (though still not much) is with cheese, actually. I guess the saltiness of the cheese balances it out? (this morning I had a big cheese scone not realizing it was also spiced with some type of chills – but it was still good!). Nutmeg is more surprising. You wouldn’t think it would go with cheese. Now I want to know what recipe you have that has all three!?

  13. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 26th Nov 16

    A savory pumpkin recipe plus cheese….now this is something I can get on board with. Also I still have a pumpkin on my counter so it’s definitely not too late in the season. 🙂
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