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Swedish Meatballs on with plate noodles and spinach

Better Than Ikea Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Soft on the inside with a light crispy outer layer, these Swedish meatballs are better than those you’ll get at the Ikea! Pairing succulent meat with warming spices and a creamy, flavorful gravy, this European fare will soon become one of your favorite comfort meals.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine European, International
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 910kcal


  • Saucepan


  • 1 Lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • ½ Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • Cup Onions; Grated or minced
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon White Pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Ground Allspice
  • 2 tablespoon Butter; Unsalted

For The Gravy

  • 4 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 4 tablespoon FLour
  • 2 ½ Cups Water or Beef Stock
  • Cup Heavy Cream or Sour Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

For The Egg Noodles

  • 1 Lb. Egg Noodles
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper or to taste


  • Start by mixing together all of the ingredients with the exception of the ground beef in a large bowl. When all combined, then add the meat. Knead together until just combined.
    Line a baking sheet or large plate with foil, lightly spray foil with nonstick cooking spray and form the meat into even size balls – about 1-inch. Place in rows on the baking sheet or plate.
    Swedish Meatballs step by step
  • Add the butter and heat through. Then add the meatballs a few at a time and cook over medium high heat. Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook until lightly brown or to desired consistency.
    Remove the meatballs from the heat and set side on a paper toweled plate.
    Swedish Meatballs Pinterest Pin

Swedish Meatballs Gravy Cooking Method

  • Drain the liquid from the saucepan but do not wash the saucepan. In the same saucepan, add unsalted butter and heat over medium-high heat until melted.
    Whisk in all-purpose flour until combined. Add the water or beef stock slowly while whisking. Continue with this process until the flour has dissolved and the sauce is starting to thicken. Immediately reduce the heat to medium low.
    step-by-step guide
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and continue to stir or whisk in a circular motion.
    Bring to a light simmer and reduce for 4-5 minutes or until thickened.
    Serve your gravy over the meatballs and noodles and enjoy.
    Swedish Meatballs noodles

Egg Noodles Cooking Method

  • Cook the noodles for about six minutes as directed on the package.
    Drain and set aside.
    Swedish Meatballs Recipe Guide
  • In a medium pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then add the spinach. Add the noodles and season with salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. Remove from heat and plate with the meatballs and gravy.
    Swedish Meatballs on with plate noodles and spinach



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Serving: 6People | Calories: 910kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 38g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 392mg | Sodium: 1645mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 14mg