Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

Published on June 14, 2016 by Lauren

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.

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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swedish meatballs crockpot

swedish meatballs crockpot

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Lauren Greutman


  • 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


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients.
  • Mix well with your hands and form into small balls.
  • Place meatballs in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Top with the next 5 ingredients (bouillon cubes, water, allspice, nutmeg and Worcestershire)
  • Cook on high for 4 hours (or medium for 6, low for 8).
  • In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add the flour and whisk to blend well.
  • Add the milk. Stirring often, wait until the sauce bubbles and thickens.
  • Add the sauce to the slow cooker. Whisk it a bit to get rid of any lumps.
  • Add the uncooked pasta and cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the sour cream.
  • Serve and enjoy!

swedish meatballs crockpot

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