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Pumpkin Meatballs with Cinnamon-Sage Tomato Sauce


The Kitchen Autumn Eats

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  • Cinnamon-Sage Tomato Sauce:
  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/3 pounds 93 percent lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup canned 100 percent pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Cinnamon-Sage Tomato Sauce, recipe follows
  • Spaghetti Squash Pasta, recipe follows, for serving
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • One 24-ounce jar of your favorite tomato or marinara sauce
  • One 15-ounce can 100 percent pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 fresh sage leaves, minced
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper, optional
  • Spaghetti Squash Pasta:
  • 1 large spaghetti squash


Servings 6
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 90mins
Adapted from


Step 1


Using a fork, mix together the turkey, pumpkin puree, sage, sugar, cinnamon, salt, black pepper, nutmeg, ginger, garlic powder and egg in a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to help firm.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Form the turkey mixture into evenly sized (approximately 1.5-inch) meatballs. You should end up with about 22 in total. Note: If they're fussy, you can smooth them into a rounded shape once they're on the baking sheet.

Bake the meatballs for 15 minutes on one side. Carefully turn them over and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Add the meatballs to a pot of simmering Cinnamon-Sage Tomato Sauce. Cover and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, allowing the meatballs to soak up the yummy sauce flavor. Serve with the Spaghetti Squash "Pasta."

Cinnamon-Sage Tomato Sauce:

Add the broth, tomato sauce, pumpkin puree, basil, garlic powder, cinnamon and sage to a large pot and mix well. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle on some crushed red pepper to kick up the heat if desired.

Spaghetti Squash Pasta:

Microwave the spaghetti squash to soften slightly, about 4 minutes.


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