Easy simple Swedish Meatball recipe from frozen meatballs – yes, you can make a homemade meal with pre-cooked meatballs and if you make this sour cream based sauce, trick your family into thinking you spent longer than the 30 minutes needed. Yum!
Right now, this recipe is being written with almost all of America in lock down and meat can be a scarcity. I wanted to bring you a recipe that took something that is a lot more readily available, like frozen meatballs, and make them a bit more homemade in times like these.
Plus, there are definitely times that I want a home cooked meal without all the extra work. And admittedly, getting perfectly shaped meatballs is one of those times. Using frozen meatballs, there are a few easy ways that you can dress them up to be a delicious Swedish meatball that tops your favorite pasta for a filling, delicious, and above all, easy dinner option.
One of the main differences in Italian meatballs and Swedish meatballs are the sauce. A Swedish meatball is creamed based gravy that usually includes a heavy cream or sour cream. I cant say I prefer one over the other because they both are amazing, but I do love how rich and savory cream sauces are.
Swedish Meatballs from Frozen
Before you get started on this Swedish Meatballs recipe, there are a few ingredients you need to check for and gather.
Once you have them, scroll down to get full recipe measurements, instructions and tips.
- 32 oz, frozen (precooked) meatballs
- beef broth
- onion powder
- sour cream
- egg noodles
SAUCE TIP: While I do not have cream cheese in this recipe, feel free to add a little bit to dial up the richness (optional)
Serve Swedish Meatballs With a healthy veggie like oven roasted broccoli, pressure cook some cauliflower or add a light salad like Strawberry Spinach Salad. Or, if you are a glutton for punishment, try your pasta dinner with a roll recipe.
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Do you have to use Frozen Meatballs?
Absolutely not! If you want to take the time to make beef, sausage, or sirloin meatballs before continuing on, that’s totally fine! The best homemade meatball uses pork and beef together (seriously, so good) . Once the meatballs are made, just move to the sauce steps.
If cooking with Frozen Meatballs
- Add frozen meatballs and beef broth to a large skillet and heat over medium low heat, covered, for 20 minutes or until meatballs are hot and no longer frozen.
- Remove cooked meatballs and set aside, keeping warm.
Swedish Meatball Cream Sauce Recipe
- Add butter, flour, onion powder, salt and pepper to broth in skillet.
- Heat sauce over medium heat, whisking constantly until bubbly – your sauce will begin to thicken.
- Reduce heat to low and stir in sour cream until completely combined. You wait till the end to add the sour cream so it doesn’t curdle.
- Add cooked meatballs to the sauce skillet and stir well, heating until hot.