Swedish Meatball Soup Recipe
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Swedish Meatball Soup Recipe

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Meet the Cook: To me, this is a very comforting, filling, homey soup. I especially like cooking it during winter months and serving it with hot rolls, bread or muffins. Gardening is something my husband and I enjoy doing together. We have a 10-year-old son still at home; his two sisters are grown and out on their own. -Deborah Taylor, Inkom, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream, divided
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pound red potatoes, cubed
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 366 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 117 mg cholesterol, 785 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 23 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat egg; add 1/3 cup cream, bread crumbs, onion and 1 teaspoon of salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1/2-in. balls.
  2. In a Dutch oven, brown meatballs in butter in batches. Remove from the pan; set aside. Drain fat.
  3. To pan, add the flour, bouillon, pepper, garlic salt and remaining salt; stir until smooth. Gradually stir in water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add potatoes and meatballs.
  4. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in peas and remaining cream; heat through. Yield: 8 servings (about 2 quarts).
Originally published as Swedish Meatball Soup in Country Woman January/February 1998, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 366 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 117 mg cholesterol, 785 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 23 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

love this!

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

I am now 77 years young, however. my grandparents came from Sweden in the early 1900's, consequently we ate various Swedish soups. One similar to this was in the recipe box. I added a "wee pinch" of nutmeg to the meatballs, and one leek when cooking the potatoes for a bit of flavor. When serving I chopped just a few sprinkles of fresh dill. Delicious and reminded me of my childhood and Grandm's house.

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2009

Oh my gosh what a great soup! I added nutmeg to the meatball mixture because Swedes always use nutmeg in meatballs. I live in an area where the majority of the population is Swedish and I have never heard of Swedish meatball soup. My church has a soup tureen in January and i can't wait to take this. I am confident it will be a hit! Thanks for the great recipe!

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