Easy Swedish Meatballs

Making meatballs of any kind, such as Meatballs and Rice or Cranberry Meatballs is an easy dinner recipe just like this one that everyone loves.

Easy Swedish Meatballs

Oh, this recipe for Swedish Meatballs is nothing new. It’s nothing new at all, but it’s one of those recipes I hope my kids will one day tell their friends or spouse, “My Mom makes the BEST Swedish Meatballs,” as their eyes dreamily glaze over and can practically taste the delicious meatballs in their creamy sauce.

I’ve got some time to figure out the exact details of how I’ll achieve such a challenge, but I do feel consistency is key here, and so far this recipe is winning at our dinner table.

I have placed it on repeat…

Easy Swedish Meatballs

In addition to achieving my meatball dreams I have one sentiment for our dinner table to be a scared space where memories are made, challenges are solved, and moments are cherished. This sentiment I realize is one Mom’s likely share everywhere and the basis for it all is food. Good food. Simple, familiar food.

Swedish meatballs are unique, but they’re nothing new, familiar even and so I’ve decided they’ll be one of those meals I keep in our meal plan rotation. Dinner to me means slowing down, even if for only 20 minutes, and hopefully, good food slows everyone at the table down just a little bit longer.

Easy Swedish Meatballs

Meatballs are easy and basic, but what makes these unique is the addition of nutmeg and allspice spices for a slightly sweeter flavor. Pair them with a simple roux-based sauce with hints of Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard makes for a pretty epic version of Swedish Meatballs. One that future kids might rave about.

If you’re looking to entertain your kids, then by all means, get them to help you make this recipe (certainly the meatballs) – it’s that easy.

I think I said “Happy New Year,” blinked and then it was May. The May where school is out and my kids are home, with me, all day, every day and in need of entertainment (they’re toddlers). Making dinner is one form of entertainment I plan on enlisting.

Easy Swedish Meatballs

Dinner to me means slowing down, even if for only 20 minutes and as the days begin to ease into those long summer days, I hope to draw out dinner time as much as possible. Making savory meatballs is only the beginning…

Swedish meatballs in sauce in a black cast iron skillet.

Easy Swedish Meatballs

This Swedish Meatball recipe is covered in the perfect roux-based sauce and perfect for a family dinner no matter the age. It’s a quick and easy recipe to prepare, which leaves everyone happy.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 710kcal
Author: Aimee Mars



  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1/3 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Allspice
  • 1 tablespoon Butter


  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • cup Beef Broth
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 8 ounces Egg Noodles


  • In a large bowl combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and allspice together until thoroughly mixed. Shape ingredients into meatballs that are 1 to 1 1/4-inch in diameter.
  • In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the prepared meatballs and cook for 9 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even browning. You can use a wooden spoon to move them around. Remove the meatballs and set them aside.
  • Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter to the skillet. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the mixture turns golden brown.
  • Add the garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce and stir. Slowly pour in the beef broth, whisking continuously.
  • Set the heat to medium and whisk in the sour cream and dijon mustard. Allow the sauce to come to a simmer and continue cooking for 8 to 10 minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken.
  • With 5 minutes left in the sauce simmering add the meatballs back to the skillet. While the sauce and meatballs are simmering cook the egg noodles in boiling water until al dente and drain. Serve with meatballs and sauce.


If you don’t have a big enough skillet to hold them all just work in 2 batches and add a tablespoon of butter each time you add a new set of meatballs. Avoid overcrowding them.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 710kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 200mg | Sodium: 942mg | Potassium: 628mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 427IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 5mg
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2 thoughts on “Easy Swedish Meatballs

  1. 4 stars
    I’ve made this recipe several times, and it is delicious, but when I add the meatballs back into the sauce at the end to warm them up, they ooze a bunch of grease into the sauce and it breaks every time. How do I prevent that?

    1. I haven’t experienced this, however, my suggestion would be to try a leaner ground beef that will have less fat, which means less grease, or try ground meat like turkey or chicken. The other option would be to set your oven to 250ºF and place the meatball on a rimmed baking sheet when you first remove them from the skillet. Then the meatballs will remain heated and you won’t need to place them back in the sauce with 5 minutes left in the cooking. I hope this helps!

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