Ground Turkey Recipe

One-Pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta
Celebrating Thanksgiving and Fall
At Any Given Time During The Year

Ground turkey recipe with pumpkin can’t get any better.  Best of all, it can be served any time during the year.  You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving.  Pasta adds one more layer of awesomeness of this recipe.  But wait, there is more.  This one-pot dinner will be ready in 30 minutes.  Isn’t it wonderful?

Ground Turkey Recipe | One-Pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta - Enjoying Thanksgiving food can be any time during the year.  And it is a super quick and easy meal.  Dinner is ready in 30 minutes.

Total Time:
35-43 Minutes
Prep Time
: 5-8 Minutes  

Active Cook Time: 30-35 Minutes  
Serving: 4-6

One-pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta

One-Pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta....When fall is coming, it always makes me think of pumpkin patch, turkey and apple picking.  I am sure you would do the same if you live up north in the States.

Honestly, I always want to cook something not only limit to certain period of time of the year, but also throughout the year.

At the same time, I would love to have a versatile recipe that I can make a dish that would perfectly feed my small family instead of a crowd of 8+ people. 

Listening to some stories of my co-workers, it hit home to think of families as small as mine.  If there is no extended family around, celebration of special holiday could be very limited.

But everybody loves to enjoy holiday atmosphere flowing in the air, right?  So, that was how this recipe, eventually, came to mind.

One-Pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta Celebrating Thanksgiving and Fall At Any Given Time During The Year


Given ground turkey and canned pumpkin are available in supermarkets throughout the year, you can make this dish at any time.

My extended family hates onion.  If you happen to have family like mine, replace it with 1 tbsp onion powder. 

You can interchange ground turkey with ground chicken.

One-Pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta - 5 ingredients make this one-pot meal.  Dinner is ready in 30 minutes.5 ingredients make this one-pot meal. Dinner is ready in 30 minutes.

Ground Turkey Recipe and Instructions


1 lb Ground Turkey
1 can (14 oz) Pumpkin Purée
4 cups Chicken Broth (You may find Turkey Broth during fall)
1 lb Farfalle/Bowtie Pasta (or any kind of short pasta)
1 Medium White Onion (diced)
2 cloves Garlic (Minced)


1 tsp Ground Sage
1 tbsp Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes
Dried Parsley Flakes
Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 tbsp Butter
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  1. Preheat a big soup pot/deep skillet at high heat and add butter and extra virgin olive oil
  2. When butter is melted, add turkey
  3. Use spatula to cut it into bite size and brown (about 5-8 mins)
  4. Add onion and garlic (drizzle a little bit more extra virgin olive oil if it is too dry)
  5. Add red pepper flakes, sage, salt and pepper
  6. When onion edges start to brown, add pumpkin purée and chicken/turkey broth
  7. Stir until pumpkin is completely combine with broth, add pasta and stir until the mixture starts boiling
  8. Turn heat to medium low and cover the pot to simmer for 14 mins until pasta is al dente
  9. Salt and pepper to taste, top with Parmesan Cheese and garnish with parsley flakes and serve immediately

Ground Turkey Recipe Steps with Photos

One-pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta - Brown ground turkeyBrown ground turkey
One-pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta - Add diced onionAdd diced onion
One-pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta - Add pumpkin pureeAdd pumpkin puree
One-pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta - Stir in broth, then pastaStir in broth, then pasta
One-pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta - Add Parmesan cheese and Parsley flakes and enjoyAdd Parmesan cheese and Parsley flakes and enjoy
One-Pot Pumpkin Turkey Pasta - Pumpkin and turkey are great ingredients to make a savory recipe like this

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