Swedish Meatballs


Stir baked meatballs into a rich cream sauce for this classic meatball recipe. Serve over noodles or with mashed potatoes for a meal or with toothpicks for a crowd-pleasing meatball appetizer recipe.

Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 ½ cup soft bread crumbs

  • cup half-and-half, light cream, or milk

  • 1 slightly beaten egg

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • ¼ cup finely snipped parsley

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground ginger

  • teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 ¼ pound lean ground beef or 3/4 pound lean ground beef plus 1/2 pound ground veal

  • ¼ pound ground pork

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • cup half-and-half, light cream, or milk

  • 1 ¼ cup reduced-sodium beef broth

  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee crystals


  1. In a mixing bowl soak the bread crumbs in 2/3 cup half-and-half for 5 minutes. Add egg, onion, parsley, salt, ginger, and nutmeg. Add ground meats; mix well. Shape into 1- to 1-1/4-inch meatballs.

  2. In an ungreased shallow baking pan bake meatballs in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°F. Drain well on paper towels.

  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium. Stir in flour. Stir in the remaining half-and-half, the broth, and coffee crystals. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add meatballs to skillet and heat through, about 1 minute. Makes 8 servings.

    Swedish Meatballs
    Matthew Clark

To keep warm:

Transfer mixture to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and keep warm on low or warm setting up to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
16g Fat
9g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 376mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 3.7mg 19%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 2.5mg 14%
Potassium 391mg 8%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 27mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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