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Once I made pumpkin pie by cutting up a pumpkin. I spent an hour or so seeding, chopping, cooking and mashing. When I was done, I had what is essentially canned pumpkin.
Save yourself the time. Pumpkin is one of those items where the fresh ingredient is so close to tasting like the canned, it doesn't matter which one is used. Check the ingredient list on the canned pumpkin, as some manufacturers will add salt. This could change how your recipe tastes.
1/2 cup canned pumpkin = 41 calories, <1g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 1g protein, 10g carbohydrates, 6mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol