This recipe for basic roasted pumpkin is so simple and very versatile. You can eat the sweet, fibrous flesh straight out of the shell with some olive oil, salt, and pepper, or you can get creative. Once you've roasted the pumpkin as directed below, consider making Pumpkin Wedges with Sage or Indian-Spiced Pumpkin.
Need a shortcut? Try this quick fix: Place a pumpkin half, cut side down, on a plate and microwave it on high for about 15 minutes, checking occasionally. (Time will vary with size.) You'll have sweet, softened flesh in a third of the time.