Swedish Meatballs and Pasta

Two hours. 124 miles. That is how far from our home is to the closest IKEA. As a result, I do not want to drive two hours to get Swedish Meatballs. So, homemade From Scratch it is! The tanginess of the mustard blending with the flavor of the nutmeg in the meatballs comes together to a sumptuous dinner, however, the one thing I would have changed would be to mince the onions way smaller than just diced. Being larger sized, they almost caused the meatballs to crumble apart and not stay together in a meatball form while cooking. Had the onions been minced, they would have blended into the ground beef much better and then not caused the meatballs to fall apart.

Swedish Meatballs served on a white plate with pasta and green beans.

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Published October 22, 2021
Updated March 20, 2022
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Cost breakdown for this recipe

This meal was very reasonably priced for the actual amount of ingredients included. Although now that it is 2022, and prices have risen, the cost of ground beef has increased to well over $10 for 2-pounds. Below is a list of each ingredient and the cost it was to make this dinner in 2021.
ground beef $8.75
1 pack noodles $1.99
1 egg $0.11
2 tsp mustard $0.01
1 onion $0.30
2 Tbsp flour $0.01
1 tsp salt $0.01
3 Tbsp milk $0.10
2 pieces bread $0.00 as it was left over from a loaf that was made the other day
1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
1 3/4 cup beef broth $0.05
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce $0.05
1/4 tsp nutmeg $0.05
5 Tbsp butter $0.40
1/2 cup sour cream OR Greek yogurt $0.75

The total cost to make this meal was $12.62 making each serving $1.57. Additionally, Tyler and I each had leftovers the next day. This recipe resulted in twenty-eight meatballs that were palm sized, however, had I made them smaller we could have had more than forty small meatballs. Honestly, any time we manage to get a dinner under twenty dollars, that is a win.

However, buying a bag of 2-pounds of meatballs right from IKEA is $9.99. Just the meatballs. That is without the sauce and without the two-hour drive there and back. Additionally, buying them online is an option. Making them from scratch is the way to go, at least for our family it is.

*IKEA is not a sponsor*

HUVUDROLL Meatballs, frozen, 2 lb 3 oz
IKEA Meatballs, frozen2 lb 3 oz

Not only does IKEA sell their meatballs, but they also sell chicken and vegetarian versions as well!

If you don’t like to make your own sauce, seriously check out the link below to see the IKEA Swedish Meatballs sauce for sale on Amazon! This is a great way to have a fantastic tasting meal, reasonably priced, with very little effort to make the sauce.

Why this recipe is great

IKEA is a staple, not only in the United States but the world resulting in over 465 stores in 60 different countries. The most stores are located in Europe, as the store was founded in Sweden in 1958.

Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef
1 pack noodles
1 egg
2 tsp mustard
1 onion
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp milk
1 3/4 cup beef broth
2 pieces bread
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp nutmeg
5 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup sour cream OR Greek yogurt

all the ingredients for Swedish Meatballs on countertop
Ingredients

Directions

1. Firstly, in a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp butter over medium heat.

butter melting in a large saucepan on stove
Melt butter

2. Dice onions on a cutting board, then place them in the melted butter and cook until tender, around 5-7 minutes. Our boys and I wished the onions would have been minced up way smaller, honestly, these onions will be cooked and then added to the meatballs once cooled. Make sure they are minced smaller, so they mix well with the ground beef.

3. When cooked, remove the onions from the saucepan and transfer to a bowl to let cool.

sautéed onions in white bowl to cool off
Cool onions in a bowl

4. In a bowl, place 3 Tbsp milk and then press 2 pieces of bread that has been cut into cubes into the milk. Let the bread rest for 5-minutes to fully soak up the milk. I used two pieces of bread from a loaf made earlier this week. This was a whole wheat bread and if you want the recipe, check out my blog on how to make homemade bread by clicking the link below.

5. Then, in a large bowl, place the ground beef, cooled onions, 1 egg, 1 tsp salt, pepper, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and bread chunks.

6. Mix the beef and ingredients with two forks, but do not over mix as it will cause the meatballs to be tough. For example, gently mixing with the forks helps to keep the chunks of beef fluffy.

two forks to mix meatballs mixture
Mix with forks

7. Using your hands, shape the beef mixture into 1-inch meatballs and then place in a baking dish.

8. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp butter, and then add meatballs to cook.

6-quart pot with water to boil pasta and large saucepan melting butter
Melt butter in a large pan

9. Cook the meatballs for 6-9 minutes, turning often with a spatula to sauté on every side. Levi took these two top pictures of me adding the meatballs and then cooking them, turning into a camera pro!

Levi smiling at camera
Cook the meatballs!

10. Remove the meatballs from the pan and then place on a clean plate. Additionally, Levi took this picture of Elliana showing off her unicorn princess dress. This girl is all about unicorns and princesses!

Make the sauce

11. Add remaining 3 Tbsp butter to the hot pan and then melt on medium-low. Make sure to use the same saucepan as the drippings from the cooked meatballs will help season and then flavor the sauce.

12. Sprinkle in 2 Tbsp flour and then whisk into the melted butter, making sure to get all of the bits off the bottom of the pan. Additionally, you may need to use a flat-ended spatula to scrape any hard pieces off the pan to incorporate them into the sauce. Make sure to use the same pan you cooked the meatballs in for the sauce, so you get all of those flavors infused into the sauce.

13. Slowly pour in beef broth and then whisk to combine with the flour/butter mixture. I say slowly, because it will steam and bubble.

14. Whisk in 1/2 cup sour cream OR Greek yogurt, we typically use Greek yogurt, and I do not remember when sour cream was last on a grocery list! For example, Greek yogurt adds protein and no fat compared to sour cream! Just make sure it is plain flavored.

15. Add 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp mustard and 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, then whisk to combine and simmer for 6-10 minutes or until thickened.

16. Finally add the meatballs to finish cooking with the simmering sauce. Levi was the best cameraman tonight and he did such a great job focusing the camera and holding it safe while following directions for the Swedish Meatballs recipe.

pasta boiled and in 6-quart pot and Swedish Meatballs in sauce simmering on stove
Simmer the sauce with the meatballs

Serve the Swedish Meatballs with pasta and then enjoy! This recipe is so quick and easy to follow resulting in a delicious meal with plenty of food.
~Monica

Swedish Meatballs served on white plate with pasta and green beans

Recipe for Swedish Meatballs and Pasta

Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef
1 pack noodles
1 egg
2 tsp mustard
1 3/4 cup beef broth
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp milk
1 onion
2 pieces bread
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp nutmeg
5 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup sour cream OR Greek yogurt

Directions for Swedish Meatballs

1. Firstly, in a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp butter over medium heat.
2. Secondly, dice the onion, then place the finely diced onions in the melted butter and cook until tender, around 5-7 minutes.
3. When cooked, remove the onions to a bowl to let cool.
4. In a small bowl, place 3 Tbsp milk and press 2 pieces of bread into the milk, and then let it rest for 5-minutes to soak up the milk.
5. In a large bowl, place the ground beef, cooled onions, 1 egg, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and bread chunks.
6. Mix the beef and ingredients with two forks, but do not over mix!
7. Using your hands, shape the beef mixture into 1-inch meatballs, then set them aside in a baking dish.
8. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp butter, and then add the meatballs to cook.
9. Cook the meatballs for 6-9 minutes, turning often to sauté them on every side.
10. Remove the meatballs from the pan and then set aside on a clean plate.
11. Next, add the remaining 3 Tbsp butter to the hot pan and then melt on medium-low.
12. Sprinkle in 2 Tbsp flour and then whisk into the butter, making sure to get all of the bits off the bottom of the pan.
13. Slowly pour in beef broth and then whisk to combine with the flour/butter mixture.
14. Then whisk in 1/2 cup sour cream OR Greek yogurt.
15. Add 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp mustard and 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, then whisk to combine and simmer for 6-10 minutes or until thickened.
16. Finally, add the meatballs to finish cooking with the simmering sauce.
Serve the Swedish Meatballs with pasta and then enjoy!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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