Traditional Swedish Meatball Sauce

Tammy Kendell


Years ago, there was a wonderful Swedish restaurant in Portland, Or. that had the best deli and traditional old world dishes and desserts. They made THE best Swedish meatballs I've ever had in my life.
I've been looking for a traditional, authentic Swedish meatball sauce recipe. Most I found were easy, short-cut versions of stroganoff using sour cream.
A true Swedish sauce is mostly cream and butter. I compiled ingredients of a few different recipes and came up with my own. It turned out fantastic and just what I wanted. Perfection, in my world! I hope you enjoy!


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30 Min
Stove Top


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4 Tbsp
3 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
1 tsp
onion powder
1/4 c
tawny port
2 Tbsp
beef base/paste
1/2 tsp
1/2 Tbsp
parsley flakes
1/2 Tbsp
1 tsp
black pepper
2 c
heavy cream/ whipping cream

How to Make Traditional Swedish Meatball Sauce


  • 1In a sauce pan on medium heat, melt butter and add flour to make a roux.
  • 2Add port and stir until thick and bubbly.
  • 3Mix in the beef base/paste and continue to stir.
  • 4Add garlic powder, onion powder, nutmeg, parsley, paprika and pepper.
  • 5Reduce heat slightly. Slowly add cream (one cup at a time).
  • 6Add meatballs (I use pre-made frozen) and let simmer and incorporate together for 20-30 minutes.
  • 7Either serve with egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

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About Traditional Swedish Meatball Sauce

Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Swedish
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom
Hashtags: #sauce, #swedish

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