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Spicy Butternut Squash Pasta with Harissa Turkey Meatballs

Hey foodies! Today, I’ve got a recipe that’ll tantalize your taste buds and warm your soul. Meet our Spicy Butternut Squash Pasta with Harissa Turkey Meatballs – it’s a flavor explosion you won’t want to miss!

Spicy Butternut Squash Pasta with Harissa Turkey Meatballs

Imagine tender butternut squash, roasted to sweet perfection, and then blended into a creamy, spicy sauce with a kick of harissa paste. This vibrant orange sauce is the stuff pasta dreams are made of.

Now, let’s talk turkey – literally! We’re rolling up some mouthwatering turkey meatballs, seasoned with aromatic fennel seeds, smoky paprika, and a pinch of garlic salt. These little flavor bombs will have you swooning.

To complete this pasta masterpiece, we’re using Jovial Gluten-Free Pasta, ensuring that everyone can enjoy this delectable dish. Cooked to perfection, it’s the ideal canvas for our spicy sauce and turkey meatballs.

But we’re not done yet! Fresh sage leaves add a burst of earthy goodness, and a drizzle of half and half rounds out the flavors, creating a velvety, indulgent sauce that clings to each pasta strand.

A dash of olive oil brings it all together, enhancing the richness of the sauce and adding a silky finish to the dish.

This Spicy Butternut Squash Pasta with Harissa Turkey Meatballs is the perfect fusion of sweet and spicy, hearty and comforting. It’s a delightful twist on traditional pasta, and it’s sure to become a favorite in your recipe repertoire.

So, whether you’re looking to impress guests at your next dinner party or simply craving a cozy, flavorful meal, give this recipe a try. It’s the kind of dish that brings warmth and happiness to your table, one spicy, savory bite at a time. Enjoy!

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Ingredient Lists:

  • butternut squash
  • harissa paste
  • ground turkey
  • fennel seeds
  • paprika
  • garlic salt
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Jovial Gluten-Free Pasta
  • fresh sage
  • onion
  • garlic
  • half and half
  • Olive oil
Spicy Butternut Squash Pasta with Harissa Turkey Meatballs

Spicy Butternut Squash Pasta with Harissa Turkey Meatballs

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, One-pot Meal
Servings 4 people


  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed

  • 2-3 tablespoons harissa paste
  • 1 lb organic ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 package Jovial Gluten-Free Pasta
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup half and half
  • Olive oil


Prep the Squash:

  • Toss the butternut squash cubes with harissa paste until evenly coated. Place them in your air fryer and roast at 375°F for 20-25 minutes, or until tender.

Make the Meatballs:

  • In a bowl, mix together the ground turkey, fennel seeds, paprika, garlic salt, salt, and pepper. Form into small meatballs. Place them in the air fryer and cook at 375°F for 15-20 minutes, or until fully cooked.

Cook the Pasta:

  • Cook the Jovial Gluten-Free Pasta according to package instructions. Reserve a cup of pasta water for later use, then drain.

Sauté Aromatics:

  • In a large pan, heat a bit of olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic until translucent. Add the chopped sage and cook for another minute.

Blend the Squash:

  • Once the squash is tender, use a hand blender to purée it until smooth.

Create the Sauce:

  • Add the puréed squash to the onion, garlic, and sage mixture. Stir in half and half, and add some of the reserved pasta water to reach your desired sauce consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Combine Pasta and Sauce:

  • Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and gently toss to coat.


  • Plate the pasta and top with the air-fried turkey meatballs. Garnish with additional sage or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese if desired.

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