Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Swedish Meatballs

November 18, 2014Teresa

I love Swedish Meatballs and these plump, juicy meatballs are the best!  It’s been a very long time since I’ve made them–probably a couple of decades. But when I saw this recipe a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for Christmas cookie ideas, I knew I had to make it. I sent my husband to the store to get a couple of ingredients I didn’t have on hand, and made this recipe that night for dinner!

These Swedish Meatballs have a scrumptious taste since they include nutmeg in the meatball itself. Most of my Swedish Meatball recipes use ground pork, but this one uses only beef. I’m sure you could also use ground chicken, turkey or venison if you prefer.

The sauce for Swedish Meatballs is also wonderful. It uses evaporated milk, beef broth, garlic powder, pepper and dill weed. It was such a succulent recipe. Obviously, we served Swedish Meatballs over dumpling noodles, but you can serve it over any type of pasta or even rice. We loved this tasty dish and can’t recommend it highly enough.

I have to admit I love meatballs in recipes, which is probably kind of strange because I didn’t grow up in a family where my mom ever cooked meatballs! I can’t remember my mom serving meatballs–once. It’s only since I’ve moved away from home that I started collecting meatball recipes. I love our Pizza Meatballs recipe, but I’ve also served meatballs in BBQ sauce, in cranberry sauce, in fettucini sauce and stroganoff. I’ve served meatballs in spaghetti squash and regular spaghetti (two different ways) and with Baked Penne. Even my Polynesian-style  Waikiki Meatballs is fabulous. If meatballs are made with the right ingredients, they can be quite tasty. They don’t have to be boring or bland.

This recipe is not too difficult, and it’s a warm and comforting dish to serve this time of year when winter has blown in (disguised as fall!). Swedish Meatballs are fairly quick and easy to make, too. I had this recipe table ready in about 40 minutes. While the meatballs are baking in the oven, you prepare the sauce and the noodles so everything is ready to go at about the same time. I would have garnished this with fresh dill, but mine has died out by now, so I used dried dill weed as a garnish instead.

One note in making this recipe. I used a 93% lean ground beef to make the meatballs. They will NOT yield any drippings to be used in the sauce. So if you prefer to make this recipe with lean ground beef, round or sirloin, use all oil to make the sauce and begin it while the meatballs are cooking. That way everything will be ready at the same time. You will be waiting needlessly if you expect to gain any drippings from the meatballs while using a lean meat. This is probably also the case for chicken, turkey or venison.

If you want a hearty, stick-to-the-ribs supper for your family that’s filling and so very satisfying, I highly recommend Swedish Meatballs. The flavors of the meatballs and sauce are just wonderful. The combination of nutmeg and dill weed make this recipe spectacular and one you will certainly want to make often for your family. Prepare yourself for a tasty and succulent entree when this Swedish Meatballs recipe is on the menu.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Swedish Meatballs are so tasty. You will love this quick and easy main dish recipe.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

We loved the combination of flavors from the meatballs and sauce in Swedish Meatballs.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

If you’re looking for an excellent Swedish Meatballs recipe, this one qualifies!

Here’s what I did.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

I used these ingredients for the meatballs. This recipe calls for non-fat dry milk powder. 

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

I used these ingredients for the sauce. Because I used a lean ground beef to make the meatballs, I didn’t get ANY drippings from the meat which are supposed to be used in the sauce. I ended up using all oil instead. If you prefer, you can use olive oil instead of canola.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Place lean ground beef in a mixing bowl with Italian style bread crumbs, diced onion, dry milk granules, an egg, nutmeg and garlic salt. Add evaporated milk.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Mix ingredients together with your hands.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Roll beef mixture into balls and place on lightly sprayed cookie sheets. Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

I knew I wasn’t going to get any drippings from my meat because it was so lean so I started with canola oil. You can also use olive oil or avocado oil if you prefer. (They are much healthier oils). Whisk flour into drippings/oil and cook a couple of minutes.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Pour evaporated milk into the thickened flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Add beef broth.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Add garlic powder, dill weed, salt and pepper and whisk again to combine. Cook until thickened.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Here the meatballs are ready. You can see there were no drippings that I was able to use for the sauce.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Allow sauce ingredients to cook over a medium heat until thickened. Stir meatballs into the sauce.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Serve Swedish Meatballs over hot, cooked noodles and garnished with additional dill weed.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

This close up allows you to see the texture of the dish.

Here’s the recipe.

SWEDISH MEATBALLS

(Recipe adapted from Nestle’s Very Best Baking)

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Swedish Meatballs is a succulent and delicious recipe made with homemade meatballs. It's old-world flavor that's perfect for company or weeknight dinners since it only takes about 45 minutes to make. Mouthwatering comfort food at its best!
Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
MEATBALLS:
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
MEATBALLS:
Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles
Instructions
MEATBALLS:
  1. Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl with your hands.
  2. Roll mixture into golf-sized balls and place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 400° for about 30 minutes.
  4. Reserve any drippings.
  5. Makes 57 meatballs.
SAUCE:
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  2. Drain, add a few tablespoons butter and stir to combine.
  3. Set aside and keep warm.
  4. In saucepan, heat remaining meatball drippings plus oil.
  5. Whisk in flour and cook a minute or so until mixture boils.
  6. Slowly add milk, beef broth and seasonings.
  7. Continue heating until mixture has thickened.
  8. Add meatballs and stir to combine.
  9. Serve over hot, cooked, buttered noodles.
  10. Garnish with dill weed, salt and pepper, as desired.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: I used a lean ground beef (93%) and it had NO drippings to use in the sauce so I had to use ALL oil instead. Avocado or olive oil are preferred.

Recipe adapted from Nestle.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Swedish Meatballs[/b]
Recipe Type: Beef Main Dish
Cuisine: Swedish
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from [url href=”http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/28804/swedish-meatballs-with-noodles/?keywords=swedish+meatballs+with+noodles” target=”_blank” title=”swedish meatballs with noodles”]Nestle’s Very Best Baking[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Swedish Meatballs is a succulent and delicious recipe made with homemade meatballs using Italian bread crumbs and nutmeg. The sauce uses meatball drippings (if you have any), beef broth, evaporated milk and dill weed for spectacular flavors. Serve over hot, cooked, buttered noodles.
Ingredients
  • [b]MEATBALLS:[/b][br]
  • 2 1/3 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp. instant dry milk granules
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup chopped onions[br]
  • [b]SAUCE:[/b][br]
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • meatball drippings plus enough canola oil to equal ½ cup
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 ½ cups beef broth
  • 1 tsp. dill weed
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 lb. dry noodles
  • butter for noodles
  • dill weed for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
[b]MEATBALLS:[/b][br]
  1. Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl with your hands.
  2. Roll mixture into golf-sized balls and place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 400° for about 30 minutes.
  4. Reserve any drippings.
  5. Makes 57 meatballs.[br]
[b]SAUCE:[/b][br]
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  2. Drain, add a few tablespoons butter and stir to combine.
  3. Set aside and keep warm.
  4. In saucepan, heat remaining meatball drippings plus oil.
  5. Whisk in flour and cook a minute or so until mixture boils.
  6. Slowly add milk, beef broth and seasonings.
  7. Continue heating until mixture has thickened.
  8. Add meatballs and stir to combine.
  9. Serve over hot, cooked, buttered noodles.
  10. Garnish with dill weed, salt and pepper, as desired.
Notes
I used a lean ground beef (93%) and it had NO drippings to use in the sauce so I had to use ALL canola oil.
Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Swedish Meatballs are big on flavor. These meatballs are juicy and appetizing.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

Swedish Meatballs look and taste amazing.

Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles

I love meatballs and these Swedish Meatballs are terrific for family or company dinners.

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Print Recipe
Swedish Meatballs BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Swedish Meatballs is a succulent and delicious recipe made with homemade meatballs. It's old-world flavor that's perfect for company or weeknight dinners since it only takes about 45 minutes to make. Mouthwatering comfort food at its best!
Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
MEATBALLS:
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
MEATBALLS:
Swedish Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this succulent #meatballs recipe can be dinner ready in about 45 minutes. It's quick, easy, kid friendly and delicious! #beef #noodles
Instructions
MEATBALLS:
  1. Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl with your hands.
  2. Roll mixture into golf-sized balls and place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 400° for about 30 minutes.
  4. Reserve any drippings.
  5. Makes 57 meatballs.
SAUCE:
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  2. Drain, add a few tablespoons butter and stir to combine.
  3. Set aside and keep warm.
  4. In saucepan, heat remaining meatball drippings plus oil.
  5. Whisk in flour and cook a minute or so until mixture boils.
  6. Slowly add milk, beef broth and seasonings.
  7. Continue heating until mixture has thickened.
  8. Add meatballs and stir to combine.
  9. Serve over hot, cooked, buttered noodles.
  10. Garnish with dill weed, salt and pepper, as desired.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: I used a lean ground beef (93%) and it had NO drippings to use in the sauce so I had to use ALL oil instead. Avocado or olive oil are preferred.

Recipe adapted from Nestle.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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