How To Make Comforting And Delicious Swedish Meatballs

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These savory and delicious Swedish Meatballs are the ultimate comfort food! You will surely enjoy this adaptation of my Mom’s tried-and-true recipe. 

While I love finding and creating new recipes, there is something so special about a tried-and-true family favorite. My mom’s recipe for Swedish Meatballs is one of those memory-saturated dishes for me. It is simple, comforting, and always a crowd-pleaser! 

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What Is The Difference Between Swedish Meatballs And Regular Meatballs?

While Italian meatballs are typically medium to large-sized, Swedish meatballs are usually bite-sized. Additionally, Italian meatballs are seasoned with spices like oregano and garlic. On the other hand, Swedish meatballs typically contain spices like paprika, nutmeg, and allspice.  

What Is The Secret Ingredient In This Dish?

While many recipes for Swedish Meatballs call for a lengthy list of ingredients, my mom’s adaptation could not be easier, due to a secret ingredient! McCormick’s dried minced onions are the star of this recipe. These dried onions give the meatballs a rich, slightly sweet flavor, similar to a French onion soup. Not only are they delicious, but they will also save you the time (and tears) spent chopping an onion! 

Are Swedish Meatballs Actually Swedish? 

Contrary to popular belief, this savory dish actually originated in Turkey. King Charles XII brought this Turkish dish to Sweden when he returned from Turkey after the Great Northern War. However, no matter the origin, people all over the world enjoy these meatballs!

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What Is In Comforting And Delicious Swedish Meatballs? 

These meatballs are hearty, creamy, and practically irresistible. With just a few simple ingredients you probably already have on hand, you can serve these up in no time! To make this family favorite, you need:

  • Ground beef
  • Breadcrumbs – My mom always used white bread in her meatballs, but feel free to substitute it with whatever bread you have on hand! I love to use Dave’s Killer Bread. 

  • Eggs
  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • Paprika

  • Dried minced onions- While any dried minced onions will do, I always prefer McCormicks. 

  • Canned cream of mushroom soup

  • Water

How Should I Serve Swedish Meatballs? 

Swedish Meatballs make a great appetizer, tailgating food, or dinner. If I am serving these meatballs at a tailgate or as an appetizer, I will serve them by themselves with toothpicks. While Swedish Meatballs are delicious on their own, I also love serving them over egg noodles or rice for dinner. However, no matter how you serve them, these meatballs are sure to be gone in no time! 

Watch Me Make Swedish Meatballs:

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Let me know how you enjoy this family favorite in the comments below. As always, thank you so much for stopping by. Be blessed and stay savvy!!!

How To Make Comforting And Delicious Swedish Meatballs


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onions (I prefer McCormicks')
  • 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups of water


  1. To begin, whisk together the breadcrumbs and eggs until combined
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the ground beef with salt, pepper, paprika, and dried minced onions.
  3. Mix the breadcrumb mixture with the ground beef, and roll it out into meatballs.
  4. Next, place the meatballs in a hot, buttered cast iron skillet and brown them on all sides.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the cream of mushroom soup with water. Pour this mixture over the meatballs.
  6. Finally, let the meatballs simmer until they are cooked through; about 15-20 minutes.

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  1. Hi Liz! Thank you for being a follower of the blog and for your kind words!! I bake the meatballs until no longer pink in the middle, and then I just let them gently simmer in the sauce until time to eat. I will edit the recipe:-) Blessings to you!!

  2. Hi Jamie, Love your website! In the video you mention popping the meatballs in the oven but that step isn’t in the written recipe. How long and what temp for the oven step? Thanks!

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