Swedish Meatballs with Noodles

by Erica Dinho on December 10, 2010

Swedish Meatballs

The first time I tried Swedish Meatballs was on Easter Sunday about eight years ago. My husband’s family had Easter brunch at a hotel and the buffet had this delicious looking mini meatball dish and I tried it, along with other fantastic foods they had there. The Swedish Meatballs were a new food to me, but I absolutely loved them and the wonderful sauce they were swimming in!

After that day I would crave them every once in a while, but never had the opportunity to eat them again until one day at the market while in the frozen dinners aisle, I saw a box with the name “Swedish Meatballs with Noodles”, and I just had to buy it. It was good, but nothing like the ones I had at the hotel. So, about a month ago, I was craving them again and I decided to make them myself at home. Here’s my recipe for Swedish Meatballs with Noodles!





  • 11/2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Sauce

  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Cooked egg noodles to serve


  1. In a medium saucepan cook the onion in the butter over medium-high heat until the onions soften, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. In a large bowl place the cooled onions and the rest of the meatball ingredients.
  3. Using your hands, mix well for about 2 minutes until the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Form small meatballs, set each one aside on a sheet pan or plate. You should have about 30 small meatballs.
  5. To make the sauce: Heat 4 tablespoons of butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add some of the meatballs. Work in batches if you have to, brown them on all sides. Use a slotted spoon and remove them from the pan, set them aside so you can make the sauce using the same saucepan.
  6. Add 4 tablespoons of butter to the saucepan over medium heat.When the butter is warm, start stirring in flour with the wooden spoon until the mixture is thick.
  7. Stir often with the wooden spoon over the heat, the flour will gradually begin to brown. Slowly add the beef stock a little at a time and keep stirring. Add the heavy cream, mustard, salt and pepper.
  8. Add the meatballs to the sauce, cover the pot and turn the heat down to low.Cook for about 12 minutes.
  9. Add the sour cream and mix well. Add the fresh parsley and serve over egg noodles.
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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Faith December 10, 2010 at 11:55 AM

I also love Swedish meatballs and your recipe looks fantastic! I especially love the sour cream in there…yum!


2 Barbara December 10, 2010 at 12:56 PM

That looks marvelous, Erica. Haven’t made it in years. I’ve always preferred the “white” sauce for meatballs anyway, haven’t you?


3 gloria December 10, 2010 at 4:14 PM

These meatballs look really yummy Erica! Me encantan!


4 Sook December 10, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Yum! I love swedish meatballs! I am saving this recipe to try it later! :)


5 Velva December 10, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Erica, I have not thought about Swedish meatballs and noodles in years. What a classic comfort dish. I am so lad that you made this dish homemade-no better to enjoy it. I am feeling inspired to make it too. Thanks.

Happy holidays to you!


6 rebecca subbiah December 10, 2010 at 9:45 PM

wow how cool that you made them looks delicious


7 Sharon Moh December 11, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Hi, that looks absolutely scrumptious! I’m so glad I stumbled on your blog from my mom’s site. I definitely definitely DEFINITELY want to cook this to eat. Just look at your photo is making me crave it!


8 Kim December 11, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Swedish meatballs is probably one of my favorite things to eat. I really like it a lot served with pasta, just like you did. It’s making my mouth water just looking at it!


9 theUngourmet December 11, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Swedish meatballs are wonderful year round. Your recipe looks delicious!


10 5 Star Foodie December 11, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Swedish meatballs are my favorite! I love your sauce, very flavorful!


11 Sophie December 12, 2010 at 4:12 AM

MMMMMMMM,..what a tasty meal & I love those Swedish meatballs a lot!

A tasty & fab diiner!


12 norma December 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I have never made these, but I wait for my husband’s daughter to make them as I so enjoy them.


13 Anna December 12, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Swedish meatballs are delicious. Your looks great.


14 Peggy December 12, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Your version of Swedish meatballs sounds fantastic! Definitely some good ol’ comfort food!


15 Ivy December 12, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I love Swedish meatballs and it’s been ages since the last time I’ve made them and have never posted the recipe.


16 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best December 12, 2010 at 11:17 PM

It’s funny to see this recipe, because I had just mentioned to my husband that we should try to make Swedish meatballs sometime this week. Your recipe looks great! There must be something about the season that makes this dish oh-so-perfect!


17 Erica December 13, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Thank you everyone!


18 Gabby December 13, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Great picture! This looks so yummy. I’ve never actually made swedish meatballs before, I may have to try your recipe. I have made sweet and sour meatballs with a ketchup and jelly recipe. Tastes great!


19 Maria December 13, 2010 at 10:06 PM

I made Swedish meatballs for the first time on Thanksgiving Day this year and my guests absolutely loved the way they came out. So I made them again this past Friday night when we had company over for some holiday cocktails and I made them again and … they were a hit!

These look fantastic and I love how the noodles are there to soak all that wonderful sauce up.


20 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen December 15, 2010 at 11:05 PM

I haven’t had these in a long time – but they sure are yummy! Good for you for making your own!


21 Ruby January 25, 2011 at 3:59 PM

I made these today for lunch and were delicious…my kids loved them and so did I. It’s a keeper…thanks!


22 Marleen August 7, 2011 at 8:47 PM

This is about the third time that I’ve made these. I love the simplicity of this and your other recipes that I’ve tried. These meatballs are yummy.


23 Maryut January 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Erica, that is an Americanized version of the real thing.
The Swedish meatballs are not cooked together with the sauce; the sauce is always served apart.
However, the Finnish meatballs are often cooked in the sauce.
Happy New Year,
from Sweden :)


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