Pumpkin Recipe: Pumpkin Sauce and Meatball Recipe

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I’ve been mixing up our routine meals a lot lately. We love meatballs- it’s a go-to for this family. But we’re always having them the same way.  I thought we’d mix things up a bit and try something different.  We added pumpkin to the meatballs and sauce and came up with these recipes!

Pumpkin Meatballs w/ Pumpkin Sauce

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Pumpkin Meatballs

Ingredients -

½ lb. Lean ground beef

½ lb. Ground pork

1 egg

¼ C. milk

½ C. breadcrumbs

¼ C. LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin (15 oz.)

1 tbs. parsley

¼ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Pepper

¼ finely chopped onion

Pumpkin Sauce

Ingredients -

½ C. finely chopped onion

½ medium red bell pepper

2 tbs. minced garlic

2 tbs. butter or margarine

1 C. LIBBY’S 100% Pure Pumpkin (15 oz.)

1/2 C. water

1 chicken boullion cube

½ C. milk

½ lb. Rotini pasta

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Pumpkin Meatballs

Directions -

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x13 baking sheet with foil.

In a large bowl combine all the meatball ingredients and mix well using your hands. Roll the mixture into small 1-2” size meatballs and place on the foil lined baking sheet

Bake the meatballs for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.

Pumpkin Sauce

Directions

While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the rotini noodles according to package directions.

In a separate medium saucepan combine the ingredients for the pumpkin sauce and bring to a small boil, stirring frequently. Turn down on low and let simmer.

Serve the meatballs and sauce over the noodles.

*Makes 4-6 servings. Store unused portions in an airtight container in the fridge up to 1 week.

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Pumpkin Meatball Recipe
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Serves: 6
 
Pumpkin adds flavor and richness to meatballs
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. Lean ground beef
  • ½ lb. Ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ C. milk
  • ½ C. breadcrumbs
  • ¼ C. LIBBY’s pumpkin
  • 1 tbs. parsley
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
  • ¼ finely chopped onion
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x13 baking sheet with foil.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the meatball ingredients and mix well using your hands. Roll the mixture into small 1-2” size meatballs and place on the foil lined baking sheet
  3. Bake the meatballs for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.

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Pumpkin Sauce Recipe
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Ingredients
  • ½ C. finely chopped onion
  • ½ medium red bell pepper
  • 2 tbs. minced garlic
  • 2 tbs. butter or margarine
  • 1 C. LIBBY's canned pumpkin
  • ½ C. water
  • 1 chicken boullion cube
  • ½ C. milk
  • ½ lb. Rotini pasta
Instructions
  1. While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the rotini noodles according to package directions.
  2. In a separate medium saucepan combine the ingredients for the pumpkin sauce and bring to a small boil, stirring frequently. Turn down on low and let simmer.
  3. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the noodles.

 

 

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  • This looks interesting! The sauce has me curious for sure!!

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  • Never would have thought of putting meatball and pumpkin in the same sentence let alone in the same dish. This looks very interesting! A play date for the taste buds for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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  • I might give it a go, pumpkin makes food pretty moist.

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  • Pumpkin meatballs! What an interesting idea! Not sure if I’ll like it, but would be willing to give it a try!

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  • Okay, this sounds amazing and so full of pumpkin… I need to try this out. Thanks so much

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  • oh this looks yummy!!!I will have to try it out

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  • I have never cooked with pumpkin like this bout it sounds brilliant! It looks really good!

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  • My daughter loves everything pumpkin, and we have a few cans expiring soon. This looks like a great way to use it!

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  • I have a little boy who is wild/crazy for anything pumpkin. He would absolutely love this!

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  • I’m so curious about this. I’m going to have to try it for sure!

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