Swedish Meatballs

Today is a great day! A fun recipe for Swedish Meatballs, the warm summer months are finally here and I’m surprising my fellow blogger pal Eat.Live.Blog. as part of the Secret Recipe Club.

Browsing through her recipes, I kind of started thinking about Ikea. I’ve been needing to go there to get some ideas for organizing the kitchen. Of course when I started thinking about Ikea, I started thinking about meatballs.

swedish meatballs

Because when I thought about meatballs, I of course thought about Ikea’s Swedish Meatballs. I was browsing through Eat.Live.Blog’s recipes and saw her recipe for  Swedish Meatballs. I tried them once on Free Kid’s Meal Tuesday. Not a real fan, but meatballs sounded good right about now.

swedish meatballs

I thought this recipe would be great for a busy weeknight meal. The meatballs can be made ahead and frozen if desired. It saves a lot of time when prepping dinner. The sauce is creamy and delicious and the entire meal comes together when placed on top a bed of noodles.

Swedish Meatballs


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 (20 oz) can beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese, softened or whipped
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat sour cream
  • 2 tbsp corn starch (can substitute arrowroot powder)
  • 2 tbsp water


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, garlic, salt, pepper, nutmeg, parsley, egg, water, bread crumbs and cheese with your hands until ingredients are well combined. Form the meat into one inch meatballs and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan set to medium heat, add the broth and bay leaves. Arrange the meatballs in the pan. Cook covered for approximately twenty minutes, or until the meatballs are no longer pink on the inside. Stir the mixture every few minutes to prevent the meatballs from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Remove the cover and reduce the heat to medium low.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sour cream. Add broth until the mixture becomes smooth.
  5. Slowly mix the cream mixture in with the meatballs.
  6. In a small separate bowl, stir together the corn starch and water until combined. Pour the corn starch into the meatball mixture, stirring until combined. Cook until mixture thickens, approximately five minutes.
  7. Serve meatballs over warm noodles.


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  1. Sounds & looks very good!

    I added your post to the hop, but I noticed that you are missing the blog hop in your post. If you need any help, let me know 🙂 Happy Reveal Day!

  2. I love meatballs but I have only had the Italian version – ie lots of red sauce. Will have to expand my horizons! Happy Reveal Day!

  3. Would you believe that even though I’m married to a 100% Swedish guy I’ve never made him Swedish meatballs. I think that’s about to change! 🙂

    • burntapple says:

      That’s funny! I wonder if Swedish meatballs are really Swedish or are more like fortune cookies. Hmmm…

  4. Oh gee…I don’t think I ate enough today because everything I read makes me so hungry. These sound amazing. I really like ikeas swedish meatballs. I’ll have to mark these to try sometime.

  5. Yum! These look so good! My husband makes Swedish meatballs that are amazing – I really should get him to make them again!

  6. This looks really good! I’ve only heard of Swedish Meatballs at Ikea so it’s great to have a recipe. I’ll have to give them a go!

  7. I am so glad you chose this recipe and liked it! It is such a great comfort food!

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