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Easy Swedish Meatballs with frozen meatballs: a delicious 30-minute dinner! Frozen meatballs make it so easy to make, and the quick homemade sauce takes them over the top! Serve it with noodles for a cozy, comforting dinner.
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30 Minute Swedish Meatballs Recipe
One of our favorite easy dinners to make is Swedish meatballs and noodles, and my recipe is so easy you can make it on a weeknight.
Instead of making meatballs from scratch, I use my favorite frozen meatballs – it cuts the work in half and makes this a quick 30-minute dinner. At our house, that’s a good thing because we get cravings for this rich and hearty dinner pretty often, especially when it’s cold.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- While the frozen meatballs are baking, you can make the sauce. By the time the meatballs are ready, all you have to do is combine them with the sauce and serve.
- The Swedish meatball sauce is a flavorful mix of stock, seasonings, and half and half for some creaminess.
- We love to pile the meatballs with the sauce on top of hot noodles, but I’m sharing other ways to serve too!
- Make this when you’re craving cozy comfort food, and I promise it won’t disappoint. Easy Swedish meatballs have been in our dinner rotation for quite a while, and we never get tired of it.
Easy Swedish Meatball Ingredients
- Frozen meatballs – beef meatballs or turkey meatballs will work!
- Unsalted butter and flour – they work together to thicken the sauce
- Chicken Broth – you can use chicken stock or beef stock
- Worcestershire sauce – adding this makes the sauce taste like it was cooked for hours
- Half and half – this gives the sauce a rich and creamy texture
How to Make Easy Swedish Meatballs
- Cook the Meatballs: Bake the meatballs following the package instructions. The ones I use take about 15 to 20 minutes at 375°F.
- Noodles: Boil the noodles, and while they’re cooking, you can make the sauce, which only takes about 10 minutes.
- Make the rue: In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk it into the flour. Whisk for 30 to 60 seconds to cook the flour.
- Make the sauce: Add the stock and whisk again until there are no lumps. Add all of the seasonings and Worcestershire sauce while whisking continuously.
- Finish: Add the half and half and whisk until the sauce thickens. Once the meatballs are done, add them to the sauce and stir to coat them.
- Serve: Serve the sauce and meatballs with the cooked noodles.
Easy Swedish meatballs with frozen meatballs is a quick way to make this comfort food classic. Once you try it, you’ll want it in your dinner rotation – keep the ingredients on hand for an easy dinner for those busy weeks. Enjoy!
No – frozen meatballs are made to bake from frozen. But always read the package directions.
Mainly it’s in the sauce – the creamy sauce is what makes the meatballs Swedish meatballs.
Store leftover meatballs in the sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Easy Swedish Meatballs Recipe
- 1 pound frozen meatballs
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken or beef stock
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup half and half
- Egg noodles cooked, for serving
- Bake meatballs according to package directions. (Mine baked at 375°F for about 15-20 minutes.)
- Boil the noodles while meatballs are baking, if using.
- While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce (the sauce only takes about 10 minutes to make). Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 30-60 seconds, then whisk in the stock until no lumps remain. Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk in half and half and cook, stirring often, until thickened.
- Once the meatballs are cooked through, add to the sauce and toss to coat.
- Serve hot with noodles.
Other Favorite Meatball Recipes
Swedish Meatballs don’t have to be complicated or super time consuming! This is an easy dinner recipe that’s one of our favorites!
Last Updated on February 16, 2023
Used heavy cream In place of half and half. It is a nice and simple recipe. I might have to double next time for this hungry family. 😊
When do you add the beef stock?
It’s in step 3 of the instructions.
Easy and yummy! Great flavor in the sauce. Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
This is delicious and very easy! A few tweaks that upped the flavor quotient considerably and I promise, doesn’t make it any harder: add a small can or two of mushrooms, drained, to the sauce along with your meatballs; add 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard (more to taste) to the sauce and whisk in; off the heat, stir in 1/4 cup of sour cream. Okay, so my husband says (this will make it harder, though); ‘you know what would be great in here? Sauteed onions!’ I immediately knew he was right. But still…EASY is the goal here, and this Recipe nails it!