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Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles is comfort food at its best! Flavor packed meatballs are smothered in a rich and creamy gravy made from wholesome ingredients.

Your family is gonna love this easy weeknight meal!

Swedish Meatballs are one of my favorites. While I can’t claim this is this Swedish meatball recipe is from are from the motherland – or even Ikea meatballs – I can tell you I grew up eating this style meatballs and sauce. And it is delish!

Even better, our family loves these!

Open up your jar of lingonberry jam and let’s dive in!

These Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles are:

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Made in one pan
  • Made with “real food” ingredients
  • Comfort food at its best
  • Family friendly
  • Smothered in a rich and creamy gravy

These can also be made as a freezer meal, perfect for getting ahead of harvest season. Trust me, you’ll want to make these delicious meatballs again. And again. And again.

Field meal? You betcha. Family dinner? Yes, please! Tuesday night? Sign me up.

swedish meatballs ingredients

Ingredients in Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles

Here’s what I use in this meatballs recipe…

  1. Lean ground beef: We always have ground beef in our freezer, plus we raise cattle. So this one is kind of a no-brainer. But you can substitute ground pork or ground turkey, too.
  2. Dried minced onion: I like using this because it’s hard to chop the onion as fine as I like in these meatballs. If our kids see actual bits of onion, they tend to be a little picky. Okay, they freak out. So this, or even onion powder. keeps the family happy and my sanity intact.
  3. Bread crumbs: Adds some body to the meatballs. You can use gluten free breadcrumbs to make this recipe gluten free.
  4. Egg: Acts as a binder to hold the meatballs together.
  5. Allspice: Has a peppery sweetness and special spice to the meatballs. If you don’t have allspice, use equal portions nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves to equal 1/2 tsp.
  6. Salt and pepper: They’re pretty much a standard ingredient in most of my main dish recipes.
  7. Olive oil: To keep the meatballs from sticking and help them brown to a rich color
  8. Flour: To thicken the gravy. You can also use cornstarch or arrowroot.
  9. Butter: To help make a rich, creamy gravy for your Swedish meatballs
  10. Beef broth: Again, for the gravy. It needs liquid.
  11. Whole milk: I like using whole milk because it’s thicker and richer, or even heavy cream if I have it. Usually, whole milk is also what we drink so I also have it on hand. You could substitute 2 percent milk and it will work though your gravy may be a bit runnier. Skim milk won’t cut it here, sorry!
  12. Egg noodles: I love these because they cook up in no time! You can also serve up these Swedish Meatballs and serve them over Instant Pot mashed potatoes.
swedish meatballs sauce

How to Make Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles

Easy recipe, BIG flavor!

  1. Mix your ground beef, onion, bread crumbs, egg, allspice and salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil and brown meatballs.
  3. Make the Swedish meatball sauce. Don’t worry, it’s easy. I’ll walk you through it in just a minute.
  4. Let everything cook together and get cozy for a few minutes. Meanwhile, cook your noodles.

Serve your Swedish Meatballs and sauce over cooked egg noodles. Devour!

How to make gravy for Swedish Meatballs

There’s no need for a packet mix to make this gravy. It’s super-duper easy!

You’ll only need 4 ingredients to make this sauce: flour, butter, beef broth and milk.

Add the flour and butter to the skillet and mix with a flat wooden spoon, stirring constantly until both are combined and flour begins to bubble and brown. Everything will start to clump together at this stage, which is perfectly okay.

Then, you’ll slowly pour in your beef broth. Whisk or stir as you add it. This is the place to take your time and work out any lumps. If you go slow, it will be easy to do.

Once the beef broth is incorporated, add your milk and cook for a few minutes to finish off the meatball sauce.

I won’t blame you at all if you take a spoonful or two to taste test. You know, for the sake of your family and all.

swedish meatball with egg noodles


Can Swedish meatballs be frozen?

Yes, these meatballs can be made, frozen and then baked. They can also be baked, cooled and frozen. The sauce should be made after freezing, though.

Are Swedish meatballs gluten free?

These meatballs can be made gluten free if gluten free breadcrumbs are used.

If you make this Swedish meatballs recipe, leave a comment or review below. I’d love to hear from you!

What to serve with Swedish meatballs

I like to serve these over egg noodles or mashed potatoes. And peas almost always make everyone in our family happy!

Other comfort food dishes:

made with love, Deanne
easy swedish meatballs
Yield: 4 servings

Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles

swedish meatballs on egg noodles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 14 ounces beef broth
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • egg noodles, for serving


  1. in a medium bowl, combine ground beef, minced onion, bread crumbs, egg, allspice, salt and black pepper. Use hands to gently mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Try not to over mix.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Using a spoon, scoop out portions of the meat mixture and gently roll in your hands to make meatballs in uniform size. Add meatballs to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides, about 7-8 minutes.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to remove the browned meatballs from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add the flour and butter to the skillet and mix with a flat wooden spoon, stirring constantly until both are combined and flour begins to bubble and brown. Slowly add beef broth, stirring while adding. Stir in milk and cook for several minutes.
  5. Add meatballs back to pan. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Serve meatballs and sauce over cooked egg noodles.


Dried minced onion is an easy shortcut to use in this recipe, but if you prefer to use fresh, you can certainly do that!

If you don't have allspice, use equal portions nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves to equal 1/2 tsp. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 353Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 907mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 30g

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