Mom’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe
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Mom’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe

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Mom fixed these meatballs for all sorts of family dinners, potluck suppers and PTA meetings. The scent of browning meat is intoxicating. Add to that the sweet smell of onions caramelizing, and everyone’s mouth starts watering. —Marybeth Mank, Mesquite, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • GRAVY:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef consomme, undiluted
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (16 ounces) egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 837 calories, 33 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 256 mg cholesterol, 1,744 mg sodium, 82 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 50 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. meatballs (about 36). In a large skillet, brown meatballs in batches. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain, reserving drippings in pan.
  2. For gravy, stir flour into drippings; cook and stir until light brown (do not burn). Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Stir in the consomme, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Return meatballs to pan. Cook, uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer or until meatballs are cooked through, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; toss with butter. Serve with meatball mixture; sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mom’s Swedish Meatballs in Taste of Home February/March 2013

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 837 calories, 33 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 256 mg cholesterol, 1,744 mg sodium, 82 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 50 g protein.

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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

Absolutely delicious! Only difference I would make is halving the recipe next time as it's only my husband and me in our house right now.

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

This has become a family favorite of ours. Most of the time there aren't enough drippings-just add a couple pats of butter. You just need to make a roux to thicken the sauce. Also, I use beef bouillon instead of spending the money on consomme. We love these!!!

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

I gave this 4 stars because it really was delicious, but I have made this twice following the recipe exactly and both times the gravy was clumpy. The meatballs left hardly any drippings to work with, they fall apart a bit from the onions, and very time consuming. I will make it again but I may try frozen meatballs next time just to save time

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

Delicious. My picky eaters devoured it and the leftovers! I will be making this again...and again!

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

Dish had a nice flavor but feel is too salty and would recommend leaving out additional salt in recipe. Also, my meatballs didn't hold up well in sauce however I used ground sirloin so maybe not enough fat in meat to hold altogether.. Fair but won't be making again.

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