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Swedish Meatballs (Ikea Meatballs)

Servings 4



  • 300 g minced beef
  • 250 g minced pork
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • 1/4 cup 57g butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 480 ml beef broth
  • 200 ml heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • Black pepper to taste

To serve

  • 4 servings of cooked pasta

To garnish

  • Chopped or dried parsley


  • Cook bacon in a cold pan over medium heat until fat rendered.
  • Then add onion to cook in bacon fat. If there's not enough fat, add some olive oil.
  • When onion is soft and translucent, remove from heat, and allow onion and bacon to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine minced pork, beef, garlic, all spice, nutmeg, egg, bread crumbs, cooled onions, bacon, and season with salt and black pepper.
  • Form meatballs into 1.5 inch balls.
  • In the same pan that you used to cook the bacon, add 1 tbsp olive oil.
  • Over medium to medium high heat, cook meatballs until brown on all sizes. You may have to do it in batches.
  • Remove, and set aside.
  • Melt butter in pan, and stir in flour. Cook until slightly brown.
  • Then slowly stir in beef broth with a wooden spoon or whisk until combined.
  • Add cream, mustard, and worcestershire sauce, and bring to a simmer.
  • Add meatballs, season with black pepper, and bring to a simmer.
  • Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve over cooked pasta, and garnish with parsley.


Adapted from Closet Cooking