Mom’s Easy Swedish Meatballs

Growing up in a family of 10, my Mom had to come up with some recipes that would feed all of us, and fill us up as well.  Plus she had to do it all while staying within their budget.

Usually the meat of choice was ground beef and to make sure we were full enough, we always had bread on the table to go with our meal.

This is one of my favorite recipes that my Mom would make.  I don’t know if it was because of the pickles in it or the gravy, but either way, I make it for my family and they enjoy it too!  This recipe comes together in no time and to make it easier and quicker, you can use frozen meatballs instead of making your own.  I like to make my own meatballs, they’re not hard to make and I bake them instead of frying them so I can start on the gravy while they’re baking.  Before I start making the meatballs, I put water in a saucepan to boil for the noodles.  With the meatballs I use a few simple ingredients, then I put them in the oven to bake.  After I do that, I start the gravy, which is very easy, it consists of Cream of Celery Soup and 3/4 of that can filled with milk, mushrooms & kosher dill pickles. . .that’s it!  If you’d like your gravy thinner, add more milk, if you’d like it thicker, add less.  Of course the mushrooms and pickles are optional.  We’re usually sitting down at the table within 30 minutes from me starting this recipe.  I served mine with garlic asparagus, a roll with butter and sprinkled the plate with parsley.  Usually I’ll add the parsley right to the buttered noodles for other recipes, but this one I put the parsley on top.  You can also serve this with rice or mashed potatoes instead of the noodles.  Any way you serve it, I know you’ll like this quick and easy recipe!  Enjoy!

Mom’s Easy Swedish Meatballs


  • 1 lb. 85% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 plain bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (10-3/4oz) Cream of Celery Soup
  • Milk - fill the soup can 3/4
  • Mushrooms, optional
  • Kosher or Polish Dill Pickles, optional
  • 8oz Dumpling Noodles
  • Put your water on to boil. Cook noodles according to package directions. In a large bowl, add your ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix all the beef ingredients together and form meatballs. Place a piece of foil on a cookie sheet and spray it with cooking spray. Make your meatballs*, about 1-1/2" and put on the cookie sheet. Depending on your oven, bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees. Check them to see if they're done to your liking. Next, take a saucepan and add the soup, milk and mushrooms; put it on medium high heat. After the soup starts to come to a boil, put it on low heat and add your pickles and meatballs. Simmer for 5 minutes and serve. This could also be served with rice or mashed potatoes instead of the noodles.
  • * I have used a cookie scoop for your meatballs that made it very easy.

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