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Swedish Meatball Soup

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 (about 2 quarts)


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, beat egg; add 1/3 cup cream, bread crumbs, onion and 1 teaspoon salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1/2-in. balls.
  • In a Dutch oven, brown meatballs in butter in batches. Remove from the pan; set aside. Drain fat.
  • 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.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in peas and remaining cream; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 366 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 785mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • randcbruns
    Jan 2, 2017

    We love this soup. We also added nutmeg, like someone mentioned. The addition of it takes the soup of the top.

  • msamples
    Feb 1, 2015

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

  • Wildroseww
    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!

  • joyfilledlife
    Mar 31, 2012

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  • angelasandoval
    Jan 7, 2012

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  • MAZZI1989
    Oct 26, 2011

    love this!

  • Rebecca Stark
    Jan 5, 2011

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  • Darlene1679
    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.

  • rookierookie
    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!

  • Heidi
    Mar 5, 2006

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