Swedish Meatballs Sauce

swedish meatballs sauce
swedish meatballs sauce

Swedish Meatballs

These juicy and flavorful Swedish Meatballs are smothered in a savory gravy cream sauce and are perfect over noodles or mashed potatoes. This is like no other recipe you’ve ever tried! At Takeout Food, we’re committed to providing you with the best culinary experiences, and this Swedish Meatballs Sauce is no exception. Let’s dive into the details!

Swedish Meatballs

I’ll just go ahead and say it: I do believe that these Swedish Meatballs are quite possibly the best of the best! These are not an IKEA replica (I’ve actually never been to IKEA!), and I can’t say that I’ve been to Sweden either, but they are amazing and include some standout ingredients that we’ve come to know and love in America when it comes to this particular dish.

The meatballs themselves are made with a combination of ground beef and pork, along with a touch of allspice and nutmeg. Onions and garlic add flavor and texture, and milk, egg, and breadcrumbs act as a binder. Finally, Parmesan cheese is a little “Cozy” touch that adds a subtle pop of flavor.

Mixing ground beef, pork, and meatball ingredients

How to Make It

  1. Combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, milk, onions, garlic, salt, oregano, allspice, nutmeg, and pepper. Gently incorporate the meat until evenly combined.
  2. Roll into 1+ 1/2 inch meatballs and chill for 15 minutes (or overnight). Brown in batches and set aside.
  3. Melt butter in the same skillet and whisk in flour. Add the sauce mixture (beef broth, chicken bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon, and parsley), in small splashes, stirring continuously. Add the sour cream to a medium bowl along with some of the sauce and stir until combined. Stir it into the skillet.
  4. Add the meatballs back and spoon the sauce on top. Cover partially and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through. Serve over mashed potatoes or egg noodles!

Making Swedish meatball sauce

Using Frozen Meatballs

  • Frozen meatballs can be used in a pinch; just note that the allspice and nutmeg seasonings are what give the meatballs themselves that traditional Swedish meatball flavor. Consider adding 1/4 tsp. of each to the sauce itself instead.

Make Ahead Method

  • Roll out the meatballs, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 days prior to serving, then follow the recipe as outlined.
  • You can also flash freeze the uncooked meatballs on a tray for 1 hour. Transfer them to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then follow the recipe as outlined.


Can I use beef bouillon instead of chicken bouillon in the sauce?

Yes, beef bouillon can be used instead of chicken bouillon. It adds depth of flavor and contrasts nicely with the beef broth.

Can I use heavy cream instead of sour cream?

Yes, heavy cream can be used instead of sour cream if preferred.


Indulge in the deliciousness of Swedish Meatballs with our flavorful sauce recipe. These meatballs are tender, juicy, and bursting with flavor, and the creamy gravy sauce adds the perfect finishing touch. Whether you’re serving them over noodles or mashed potatoes, this dish will surely impress your taste buds.

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