SIMPLE Pumpkin Pie: The Lazy Way

A freshly baked pumpkin pie using store bought crust and canned pumpkin

Thanksgiving, the time of year when we all gather ’round the table and give thanks for… well, pie. There’s something irresistible about the classic, spiced allure of a pumpkin pie, but let’s be real, not all of us are eager to embark on a culinary quest to make it from scratch.

Fear not, fellow pie enthusiasts, for we’ve got you covered with a lazy pumpkin pie recipe that’ll make Martha Stewart raise an eyebrow and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Pumpkin Pie Simplicity at Its Finest

We believe in keeping things simple, so here’s what you’ll need:

  • an unbaked store-bought pie crust (because who has the time or patience to wrestle with dough?)
  • a can of pumpkin puree,
  • some sugar,
  • a sprinkle of spices (we’re talking cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg),
  • eggs, and
  • a can of evaporated milk.

That’s it. No need to summon your inner pastry chef, or worse, engage in an epic flour battle with your kitchen.

How to Make a Pumpkin Pie: The No-Fuss Method

  1. Begin by preheating your oven and placing your store-bought pie crust into a pie dish – it’s like a lazy baker’s dream come true. While some may argue about the merits of homemade crusts, we know that store-bought crusts mean more time to sip your favorite beverage (here’s ours BTW) and catch up on the latest episode of whatever it is you’re binge watching. Convenience, my friends!
  2. Next, whip up a super-simple pumpkin pie filling by mixing canned pumpkin, sugar, a dash of warm spices, eggs, and evaporated milk. It’s basically a flavor party waiting to happen.
  3. Pour that luscious mixture into your pie crust and pop it in the oven.
  4. While your pie bakes to golden perfection, take this time to relax, put your feet up, and ponder life’s mysteries.
  5. After it’s done baking, allow it to cool, slice, and savor. There you have it – a delicious pumpkin pie that’ll make you the hero of Thanksgiving, and you didn’t even break a sweat.
  6. So, go ahead, embrace the lazy side of baking and enjoy a slice (or two) of our laid-back pumpkin pie.
a slice of pumpkin pie made with store bought pie crust and canned pumpkin

Serving Suggestions:

  1. Drizzle and Dazzle: Elevate your pie game with drizzles of hot fudge, caramel, or maple syrup. You’re not just serving pumpkin pie; you’re hosting a dessert masterpiece. .
  2. Nutty Nonsense: A handful of chopped nuts (we’re talking about pecans, almonds, or walnuts) sprinkled over your pumpkin pie adds a delightful crunch.
  3. Whipped Cream Whimsy: It’s a known fact that whipped cream goes hand in hand with pie. But let’s step it up a notch. Grab a can of whipped cream and create a work of art on top of your pie. Squiggles, swirls, maybe even spell out “PIE.”
  4. Ice Cream Frenzy: Yeah, vanilla ice cream is the classic companion, but why stop there? Go wild and scoop out a few other flavors – maybe some butter pecan or salted caramel.

Read Serious Eats’ Science of Pumpkin Pie


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pumpkin pie with a store bought crust for Thanksgiving

SIMPLE Pumpkin Pie: The Lazy Way

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  • Author: simplepartyfood
  • Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40-45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (includes cooling time)
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking


Who needs the hassle of homemade crust?  Our Lazy Pumpkin Pie keeps it simple with a store bought crust, canned pumpkin, spices and a dash of Thanksgiving spirit!


  • 1 9-inch Unbaked Store bought Pie Crust
  • 1 15-oz. Can of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs

  • 1 12-oz. Can of Evaporated Milk


  1. Preheat and Prep: Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C). If you’re feeling Martha Stewart-ish, you can make your own pie crust, we won’t judge. Otherwise, simply take it out of its packaging and slap it into a pie dish. No need to fuss – we’re all about simplifying things here.
  2. Mix It Like You Mean It: In a roomy mixing bowl, toss in the pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Mix it up like you’re doing the cha-cha until everything is smoothly combined.
  3. Egg-citement: Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and give them a little whisk. Pour them into the pumpkin party and stir until the whole gang is getting along famously.
  4. Milky Way: Slowly pour in the evaporated milk while continuing to stir. Keep at it until everything is harmoniously blended. It should look like a creamy, autumnal dream.
  5. Fill ‘Er Up: Pour this luscious concoction into your pie crust. If you’re feeling extra fancy, dust the top with a bit more cinnamon. It’s like the finishing touch on a work of art, except this masterpiece is edible.
  6. Bake It Like You Mean It: Pop that beauty into the preheated oven for 15 minutes at 425°F (220°C). This helps set the crust and gives it that golden glow.
  7. Chill Mode: After the initial 15 minutes of fame, lower the oven temperature to 350°F (175°C) and let your pie bake for another 40-50 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. It’s like magic, only tastier.
  8. Cool Beans: Once your pumpkin pie has had its moment in the spotlight, let it cool on a wire rack. This is the hard part – resisting the urge to dive in face-first.
  9. Serve and Savor: When it’s finally time to serve, add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream because, let’s face it, you deserve it. Savor each bite of this spiced slice of heaven.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 320-350
  • Sugar: 32-38 gr
  • Sodium: 300-350 mg
  • Fat: 12-15 gr
  • Saturated Fat: 5-6 gr
  • Carbohydrates: 48-55 gr
  • Fiber: 2-3 gr
  • Protein: 6-8 gr
  • Cholesterol: 60-70 mg

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