Open Accessibility Menu

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update Learn More

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Mini Pumpkin Tarts

Published in Recipes, Desserts Author: CentraCare

Recipe from


  • 3 packages (15 tarts each) prebaked frozen mini pastry shells
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 tub (8-ounce) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) package cheesecake or vanilla flavored instant pudding


Remove the shells from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the pumpkin, whipped topping, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl, whisking until smooth. Add the pudding mix and whisk until smooth and thick.

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling into each of the shells (you can also pipe the filling with a pastry bag or a plastic sandwich bag with one corner snipped off).

Optional: Top the tarts with whipped topping and a sprinkling of the pumpkin pie spice.

Yield: 45 tarts (1 serving – 1 tart)

Nutrition Information Per Serving
  • Calories: 35
  • Fat: 1 g.
  • Sat. Fat: 0.5 g.
  • Trans Fat: 0 g.
  • Sodium: 40 mg
  • Carbs: 6 g.
  • Fiber: 0.6 g.
  • Protein: 0.2 g.