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ground turkey butternut squash recipe in an iron skillet
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Ground Turkey Butternut Squash Skillet

This ground turkey with butternut squash skillet is a delicious comforting and nourishing meal that is light and fresh. This recipe is a 30-minute one-pot skillet meal that is perfect for a busy weeknight!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time22 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ground Turkey, Ground Turkey Butternut Squash Skillet, Ground Turkey Recipes, Skillet Meals
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine


  • Cast Iron Skillet


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 butternut squash, about 3 cups cubed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3/4 cup gruyère cheese
  • fresh cilantro and parsley


  • Heat oil in a cast iron skillet. Add ground turkey, onion, garlic and bell peppers and sauté until meat is no longer pink. Season wtih salt, pepper and paprika
  • Add cubed butternut squash and vegetable broth. Give it a mix so most of the butternut squash is submerged in broth. Cover and turn heat down to a medium low. Cook for about 12 minutes or until butternut sqush has soften.
  • Remove from stovetop and top with gruyère cheese. Bake in 400F degreens oven for abut 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley and serve.


  1. Use your cast iron skillet for this recipe because it distributes heat evenly allowing the food to cook equally and avoid burn spots or quickly drying out the meat.
  2. Whenever possible opt to buy healthier meats that are grass-fed, organic, from sustainable sources and humanly raised.
  3. Ground turkey can be substituted for ground beef, chicken, pork or a combination of these. Substitute for tofu if on a Vegan or Vegetarian diet, or remove it completely.
  4. Butternut squash can be substituted for other root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, regular yellow potatoes, yuca, etc...
  5. Substitute Gruyere cheese for another type of cheese you like or remove the cheese if on a dairy-free and whole30 diet. You can always use vegan cheese as well.
  6. Always finish your recipes with a handful of fresh herbs. Parsley and cilantro are perfect for this recipe but sage work too.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 1100mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 21317IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 330mg | Iron: 3mg