Vickie’s Swedish Meatballs
I love this dish. My Dad made this when I was in my teens, but I always felt something was missing. A friend of mine invited me for dinner and he cooked this dish based on his Mom’s family recipe.
Over the years I’ve altered both those recipes to my family’s taste. Out went the green peppers, in went a few spices. Out went the soy sauce and in went the Worcestershire sauce.
You can make the meatballs from scratch, or use store bought meatballs. And it doesn’t matter what kind of pasta noodles you use either. We like egg noodles in this dish, but fettuccine works well too.
- Pasta Noodles
- 30 oz. Meatballs – fresh or store bought (thawed)
- 1⁄2 cup Diced Onion
- 1 tblspoon butter
- 1 cup beef stock
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 tblspoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tblspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon rosemary
- Do NOT add salt – there’s enough salt in the beef stock.
- Fill a medium sauce pot, with warm water and noodles. How many noodles is up to you. But you’ll need at least 1 cup. I like to add a tab of butter to the water, but that’s optional. Cook over medium heat until tender.
- In a large skillet, melt butter and saute the chopped onion.
- Half-way through the saute, add the meatballs. You want to brown the balls before you add the liquid ingredients.
- Once the meatballs have cooked, add the flour to the mix and allow it to soak up any left over butter or grease from the meat. Stir the flour until it clumps.
- Next add the Worcestershire, heavy cream and beef stock. Stir until the flour has melted into the liquid and starts to thicken.
- Add the pepper and rosemary. Stir frequently until the sauce has thickened to your preference.
- Drain the cooked noodles and add them to the skillet mix. Stir and let sit over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Serve hot.
- My friend’s mom liked to add green peppers to her sauce. I wasn’t a fan. But if you like that sort of thing, slice a green pepper into long strips and add them to the skillet when you add the liquid ingredients. Cook the mix for an extra 10 minutes, Before you add the noodles.
- You can use Soy sauce instead of Worcestershire. It significantly changes the flavor of the sauce.
- You can add Thyme to the mix when you add the Rosemary.
- Serve Hot
- Serve with fresh warmed Italian bread slices.