Swedish Meatball Soup Recipe
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Swedish Meatball Soup Recipe

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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. —Deborah Taylor, Inkom, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 large 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 beef
  • 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. Add flour, bouillon, pepper, garlic salt and remaining salt to pan; 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

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"It was very bland. Next time will add more spices to give it flavor."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"I added a 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg to the meatball mixture and also a pinch to the broth. This soup is delicious served with a loaf of crusty sourdough. My family loved it!"

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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