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Easy Swedish Meatballs

This recipe relies on ingredients we always have on hand. While the tender homemade meatballs cook in the microwave, make your favorite noodles on the stovetop to get this saucy entree on the table in minutes. —Sheryl Ludeman, Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional
  • Hot cooked noodles
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the onion, egg, bread crumbs, milk, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. meatballs, about 24.
  • Place in a shallow 1-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high until meat is no longer pink, 7-1/2 minutes; drain.
  • Combine the soup, sour cream, milk, parsley and, if desired, nutmeg; pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on high until heated through, 5-6 minutes. Serve with noodles and, if desired, top with parsley.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
6 meatballs with sauce: 366 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 1055mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • sweetbabykmd
    May 23, 2020

    This was pretty good. It may not be authentic but it does taste good. I did not cook it in the microwave though, I don't like how meat turns out that way but cooking on the stove it was delicious.

  • Merebrook
    Nov 3, 2019

    If you would call it "Meatballs in creamy sauce" and noodles, I might give it a higher rating. It's not a bad recipe if you think of it that way, but Swedish Meatballs? No way, especially with all the variations others have suggested.

  • ejotto
    Oct 9, 2019

    Microwave? Really? Just ask a Swedish friend for their recipe and you should get authentic Swedish meatballs. This may be a recipe for meatballs, but they are definitely not Swedish!

  • Ahanaz
    Oct 18, 2018

    Hi All, I'm from Sweden and got very interested in this recipe, to see what Americans consider Swedish meatballs. But looking at the ingredients... there's not a lot of "Swedish" to it. I was really disappointed, and I hope no-one believes this recipe will actually give you Swedish meatballs.

  • Appy_Girl
    Oct 12, 2018

    Very tasty. I browned mine in a skillet then transferred to the oven to finish up. I used some of the mushroom sauce instead of the milk. And I also seasoned the meat mixture. I used Beef, Pork and Veal as the meat mixture. Meatballs were very moist and tender. Sauce was perfect. I used No yolk noodles. VFE, I will make this one again.

  • cindiak
    Sep 26, 2018

    Super quick and easy! I also baked the meatballs in the oven, and subbed cream of chicken soup for the mushroom since hubby doesn't care for them.

  • SpunkeyKY
    Dec 19, 2015

    Quick, easy, delicious! Our boys loved it, even though they don't like mushrooms, soup, or sour cream individually. I did it by partially baking the meatballs in the oven, and letting the meatballs finish cooking the sauce on the stove.

  • Donnajo72
    Dec 3, 2014

    Great basic recipe! I added a dash of nutmeg to the meatballs and I cooked them on the stove till brown. Put them into a 8x8 baking dish and poured the sauce on top. To the sauce I added 1/2 cup or so of sliced baby bella mushrooms and a splash of dry sherry, and a little more sour cream. Baked till sauce was bubbling. served over rice! Delish!! :)

  • MrsO3
    Nov 13, 2014

    I was looking for a simple Swedish meatball recipe to use for supper and this was the winner! However, I did not make this in the microwave. I cooked the meatballs on the stove first and then added the sauce to the meatballs once they were fully cooked. (About 15 minutes) Then I let the sauce and meatballs simmer for around 10 minutes. This recipe was very flavorful and delicious! I am definitely going to make these more often.

  • Capri3
    Oct 28, 2014

    What an easy recipe to make. It came out wonderful and was so easy to make. Since many of the reveiws mentioned that it needed more seasonings, I used Italian Bread Crumbs and added 1 minced garlic clove. Be sure to cut the onions very small. For convenience, I made the meatballs and sauce earlier in the day and stored them in the fridge. At supper I took them out and followed the cooking directions. Most of the process was done while the noodles cooked, using a minimum of pans. This was the easiest recipe I found and it works and tastes great.