Ground Turkey and Butternut Squash

Ground Turkey and Butternut Squash (Serves 4-6)

Chopping up a butternut squash takes time, but the result is very satisfying comfort food.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes


1-1.5 pounds of ground turkey
One large butternut squash
One medium sweet yellow onion
Red chili powder
Balsamic vinegar
Garlic powder
Black pepper

In preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel butternut squash (takes about 15 minutes). Slice squash in half from stem to end rather than across the diameter. Scoop out seeds and soft insides. Cut squash and onion into bite-sized pieces.


Add ground turkey and chopped vegetables to a mixing bowl. Add a nice dusting of black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Add 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and then transfer to a casserole dish. Splash balsamic vinegar over the top. Cook covered for 60 minutes.

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12 Responses to “Ground Turkey and Butternut Squash”

  1. Just a nit, but the directions refer to ground beef instead of turkey. Nonetheless, this looks good and I could see using either.

    • Tom Denham says:

      Thanks for catching that! I used another recipe to start my write-up and missed making the change from beef to turkey in the directions. It’s fixed now.

  2. I was inspired by this and switched it up a bit. I added one large sweet potato, used a red onion (needed to get rid of those before my sweet onions!) Instead of chili powder and balsamic, I did rosemary and rubbed sage. I also added extra virgin olive oil. It’s in the oven now… will let you know how it turns out! πŸ™‚

    • Tom Denham says:

      Sounds good!

      • It was! Added a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg towards the end of baking. After the hour was up stirred it, removed foil and broiled for about 7 minutes. Turned out AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration! I know you don’t eat beans, but I also made cauliflower/cannellini bean mash to go with it…yum! πŸ™‚

        Thanks again! Keep enjoying life!

  3. ps. Created a recipe for my friend who doesn’t like to wing it in the kitchen:

    1 lb ground turkey (99%lean)

    1 butternut squash– peeled, cored, cut in bite size pieces

    1 huge sweet potato— cleaned, cut in bite size pieces (no need to peel)

    1-2 tbsp rosemary
    1-2 tbsp rubbed sage

    1-2 tbsp cinnamon

    1 tsp nutmeg

    about 1/4 cup EV olive oil

    salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 350degrees

    Mix turkey, squash, sweet potato together in a casserole dish, swirl olive oil on top and stir to coat.

    Sprinkle rosemary, sage, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper over the entire top then stir again.

    Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour

    After one hour stir and put under broiler for 5-10 minutes or until browned

  4. I feel silly asking but do you brown the turkey first or put it in raw with the squash?

  5. I had ground turkey and butternut squash, so I used handy Google search and found your recipe. It’s great, though my 4 year old said the squash is “yucky”. I’m personally trying to move into a Paleo diet, so I thought the dish was mild and tasty and fit the diet. Thanks!

    • Tom Denham says:

      Children can have strong likes and dislikes to foods. It seems best to try to find what they do like and give it to them. Not saying Captain Crunch and milk, but different veggies, meats, etc. Their tastes develop over time, so what they don’t like at 4, they may like at 10.

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