Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

By Lauren
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    Once I realized how well meatballs cook in the slow cooker, I had to come up with a great Swedish Meatballs Crockpot recipe! And this is it!

    swedish meatballs crockpot

    Don't be afraid of putting raw meatballs in the slow cooker – they turn out just fine. And this is a REALLY easy meatball recipe. Of course, it will take a little bit of time to form the meatballs, but it's worth it. And you can make then as big or as small as you'd like.

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    I think I made mine a little too big in the picture above… when I had Swedish Meatballs as a kid, they were always fairly close to bite-sized.

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    So anyway - just place the meatballs in the bottom of the slow cooker, top with the beef broth (or bouillon and water), and spices and then cook. Another cool thing about this recipe is that you can cook them for as long or as short as you want. The meatballs will be done after just a couple hours, but if you're at work, there's no harm in cooking them for the full 8-10 hours on low.

    swedish meatballs crockpot

    At this point, it will just look like meatballs in water. So now it's time for the creamy part! Make a roux (equal parts butter and flour) and then add some milk. Get it nice and thick and then put it in the slow cooker and add the pasta. You might see some lumps at first from the cream sauce, but you can just whisk them out.

    Let it cook on high for about 20 minutes, and then add the sour cream. Mix it up well, and then serve!

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    Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
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    Serves: 6
     
    Ingredients
    • 1 lb. ground beef [meatballs]
    • 1/4 tsp onion powder [meatballs]
    • 1/4 tsp pepper [meatballs]
    • 1/2 tsp salt [meatballs]
    • 1 egg [meatballs]
    • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs [meatballs]
    • 2 Tbsp milk [meatballs]
    • 4 beef bouillon cubes
    • 3 cups water
    • 1/4 tsp ground Allspice
    • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 3 Tbsp butter [for cream sauce]
    • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour [for cream sauce]
    • 1/2 cup milk [for cream sauce]
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 8-10 oz. uncooked pasta
    Instructions
    1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients.
    2. Mix well with your hands and form into small balls.
    3. Place meatballs in the bottom of the slow cooker.
    4. Top with the next 5 ingredients (bouillon cubes, water, allspice, nutmeg and Worcestershire)
    5. Cook on high for 4 hours (or medium for 6, low for 8).
    6. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.
    7. Add the flour and whisk to blend well.
    8. Add the milk. Stirring often, wait until the sauce bubbles and thickens.
    9. Add the sauce to the slow cooker. Whisk it a bit to get rid of any lumps.
    10. Add the uncooked pasta and cook for another 20 minutes.
    11. Stir in the sour cream.
    12. Serve and enjoy!

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    COMMENTS

    • This recipe is so easy and I’m so glad it doesn’t ask for cream of mushroom soup can’t wait to try it

    • Very disappointed….I was Leary of cooking pasta in broth, and I was right, starch made whole dish pasty…..would be good as long as pasta cooked seperatly….and I suggest a little longer than 4 hrs on high for meatballs.

    • I don’t like the idea of using regular ground beef in a crockpot. There is too much grease fat that will clog your arteries. I am going to use lean ground beef instead of 80/20 ground beef. This is a much healthier option.

    • Just received the Instant Pot I’ve been longing for (though it’s a holiday gift so I’m not supposed to open it yet…) but maybe just for those Swedish Meatballs!! May I have the Instant Pot version? Thanks, Laura!! 🙂

  • The ingredients and the flavors worked well. However, one suggestion is that I would not add the creamy mixture to the meatball/water mixture until the meatballs have thoroughly formed. Several of the meat balls fell apart even while I was very gently whisking. The flour mixture did begin to thicken up more than I expected. Doing another gentle stir mixed it well. I would not add the pasta to the crock pot as my fear would be a more starchy / thick result.

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