Tina's Swedish Meatballs

Marina Neff


A friend of ours would bring these meatballs to a lot of pot luck get togethers and they always went fast. My husband (who will tell anyone that he hates sour cream) would usually fill his plate with these meatballs and go back for 2nds, 3rds, and if possible even 4ths. I told him I was surprised he liked them so much with the sourcream in the sauce but he was stubbornly convinced that it was cream of mushroom soup.
After a pointless argument with him, I just decided I'd get her recipe so I could make them at home (because they ARE delicious) and when she got to the part about the sauce being made with (gasp!) sour cream. I looked at my husband who was still shovelling in the meatballs and said... Did you hear that Lou??

He hesitated for about a minute with his fork hovering between his plate and his mouth... shrugged, and resumed eating. Needless to say, this super simple recipe has definitely been family tested and approved. I hope you enjoy it as well! :-)


★★★★★ 6 votes

45 Min
30 Min
Stove Top



  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 lb
    ground pork
  • 1/2 c
    minced onion
  • 3/4 c
  • 1 tsp
    dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    worchestershire sauce
  • 1
  • 1/2 c

  • 1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 3/4 c
    sour cream
  • 2 c
    boiling water

How to Make Tina's Swedish Meatballs


  1. for meatballs: Mix all ingredients together by hand and roll into 1" - 1 1/2" balls. Saute till lightly browned on all sides then set meatballs aside, reserving the drippings in the pan.
  2. For Sauce: Mix salt, pepper, flour, and paprika into the meat drippings. Add 2 cups boiling water and sour cream and mix well. Return the meatballs to the sauce then simmer 20 - 30 minutes then serve over buttered , parsleyed noodles.
  3. *you can taste before you add to noodles to adjust seasoning levels to your tastes, or you can add a pack of ranch seasoning mix to the sauce to amp up the flavor and thicken the sauce a little. It stands well on it's own and we like it both ways.

    ** To use as an appetizer, just make the meatballs smaller and skip the noodles.

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About Tina's Swedish Meatballs

Course/Dish: Beef Pasta Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Eastern European
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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