Paleo Pumpkin Spice Meatballs
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Paleo Pumpkin Spice Meatballs (GF/DF/Paleo)

It’s officially fall y’all! Bring on the pumpkin spice dishes! Seriously, though this dish is calling ALL pumpkin spice fans because it’s made especially for you.

I know it sounds weird to put pumpkin spice into the sauce, but its seriously like a creamy dreamy curry meatball but with more personality. I made a huge batch of these and plan to eat them all week for lunch. They are great over a simple arugula salad (as pictured) or over rice. I kinda want to make them again for a fall dinner party. They are so unique and delicious!

For the meatballs, I used a combination of ground turkey and pork. I sauteed onion and garlic and mixed extra pumpkin in with the meat to make them super tender. The sauce is a simple onion, garlic, pumpkin and coconut milk base with a bit of pumpkin pie spice and sage. It reminds me of a fall gravy. Mmmmmm. Serious comfort food.

Oh, and my kids love them! Mom win!

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Meatballs

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Meatballs

A savory meatball in a creamy pumpkin gravy.
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 12 people


  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 6 oz pumpkin puree, unsweetened

Creamy pumpkin sauce

  • 6 oz pumpkin puree, unsweetened
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Sautee onion and garlic in a bit of oil. Separate 1/2 of the mixture for the sauce. Place the other 1/2 in a bowl and mix in meat and the remaining ingredients. Form into meatballs using a small ice cream scooper or spoon to keep them even.
  • Place them on a lined baking sheet and bake 425 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until done. Brown for a few minutes under the broiler if desired.
  • Take the remaining onion garlic mix and stir in a large stock pot with remaining pumpkin and coconut milk. Simmer 5 minutes. Stir in meatballs, toss well with the sauce and simmer another 5 minutes. Serve with a side of bread or over rice or mashed sweet potatoes.


Recipe by Liz at
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