Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

These Swedish Meatballs are a favorite family recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword swedish meatballs
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 433 kcal



  • 16 ounces ground beef (85% lean)
  • 8 ounces ground pork
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • cooked egg noodles
  • chopped parsley for garnish, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, onion, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place the meatballs on an rimmed sheet pan. Bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes (until light brown). Remove the meatballs to a serving dish; keep warm.

  3. Place 3 tablespoons of the meatball drippings into a saucepan. Whisk in the flour. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Whisk in the half and half, water, bouillon and salt. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute.

  4. Serve meatballs on their own, over egg noodles or alongside boiled potatoes.  Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional information is for meatballs and sauce only (count any noodles or potatoes as extra).
Nutrition Facts
Swedish Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 433 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 597mg 25%
Potassium 437mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 1g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 4.3%
Vitamin C 1.8%
Calcium 10.6%
Iron 15.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Mrsyarnlady wrote:

    Are there nutrition stats? They’re Very tasty! I substituted the boullion with beef stock and added a heaping spoon of sour cream for a little tang.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I just added the nutrition stats for you– for meatballs/sauce only.

  • Mila wrote:

    These look delicious!!! I love Swedish meatballs 🙂 have a recipe myself that I need to post!!! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Deborah wrote:

    Thank you for a great dinner idea!

  • Cindy wrote:

    Can you use sausage for the ground pork?

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • Emma Farley wrote:

    YUM!! Will definitely be trying this!!! LOVE swedish meatballs!!

  • Patti wrote:

    Meatballs were really tasty. I had no drippings at all, so I substituted some butter and the pan scrapings with the flour to make a roux. Then, I didn’t have half-and-half and used 1% milk. The gravy still came out really creamy and tasty.