I've tried a few different Swedish Meatballs recipes and also the sauce packets they sell at the stores but I've never been happy with the results. One night I really wanted to make Swedish Meatballs, and after looking on multiple websites for recipes, I finally gave up and made up my own. It turned out delicious!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
33 mins
total:
53 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Meatballs:
Sauce:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Mix ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and Italian seasoning by hand in a large bowl. Form mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs.

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  • Place beef broth in a microwave-safe container and microwave on high until hot, about 2 minutes. Whisk flour into beef broth until smooth.

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs, in batches if necessary, and cook until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Reduce heat to low. Pour in beef broth slowly over meatballs. Stir in heavy cream, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are cooked through, about 10 minutes.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook egg noodles, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes; drain. Serve meatballs and sauce over noodles.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute lean ground beef for the turkey if preferred. If you do not use lean ground meat, you may want to brown the meatballs first and then drain the grease before adding the butter and making the sauce.

Substitute half-and-half for the cream if preferred; fat-free is OK.

Nutrition Facts

435 calories; protein 28.3g; carbohydrates 15.2g; fat 29.4g; cholesterol 180.8mg; sodium 533.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2017
Recipe divided well. Cut all ingredients in half and substituted sour cream for the whipping cream (was out and didn't want to use half and half because I need that for my coffee). Also substituted crushed crackers for bread crumbs. It was delicious. Would definitely make again! Next time, I'll keep the full recipe for the sauce. Really wished I had more. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2018
Ehh. Like others said sauce was very thin. I had to add some sour cream to give it any body and this after boiling it. Flavor very mild. It was something different but ehh. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2017
Recipe divided well. Cut all ingredients in half and substituted sour cream for the whipping cream (was out and didn't want to use half and half because I need that for my coffee). Also substituted crushed crackers for bread crumbs. It was delicious. Would definitely make again! Next time, I'll keep the full recipe for the sauce. Really wished I had more. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2016
We thought this made a lovely dinner. Just so you know, there are two camps on Swedish meatballs---one says yes to sauce, and the other says no way! I've tried both ways, and both are delicious. The sauce here is a very good one, and the meatballs were not only easy to make but very tasty. I cut the recipe in half and got 15 meatballs using my middle cookie scoop which made them about 1 1/2" big. I'd advise others not to go overhanded on the garlic (I used a little more than called for thinking that turkey doesn't taste that much); the amount called for is spot on. I made two subs on this: chicken broth rather than beef broth and pappardelle pasta rather than egg noodles--neither one making much difference in the long run. I would definitely make these again! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2017
I made these and every one couldn't get enough. I did change a couple of the ingredients only because of lack of having what it called for, I used 1/2 and 1/2 in place of the heavy cream and soy sause in place of the other sause. I also used crushed croutons in place of bread crumbs. Was amazing,, I loved the gravy!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2017
This was really good and I learned s new way to make a rue! We added some salt and used 2% milk instead of heavy cream-still made a delicious sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2016
Excellent! Used Italian bread crumbs in addition to using Italian seasoning. Used milk instead of cream. Used 1 lb meat cut down meatball ingredients accordingly but made full amount gravy. Wanted plenty of gravy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2018
So easy! Quick recipe. And had all the ingredients on hand. The only thing I changed was to add salt to the gravy-which I doubled because we love our sauces! It seemed to need a little more seasoning. The meatballs were delicious with the gravy over wide egg noodles. My whole fam gobbled them up! (No pun intended.) This gravy would be delicious on rice too. Will be making again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/31/2018
Great recipe for my family. I was in a pinch for time so I cheated and used frozen turkey meatballs. I started from beef broth mixture in the recipe. Still delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2016
I made this for my family. It was quick easy and best of all delicious! My incredibly "yuck to all new things" boys both gave it a thumbs up. so that's a huge success!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2017
Great recipe. I added a dollop of sour cream at the end just to give the gravy a richer flavor. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2018
Ehh. Like others said sauce was very thin. I had to add some sour cream to give it any body and this after boiling it. Flavor very mild. It was something different but ehh. Read More
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