Easy Swedish Meatball Sauce

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Swedish meatballs have always been a family favorite. I remember my grandmother making them for special occasions and family gatherings. She had her own secret recipe for the meatballs and the sauce. Over the years, I have experimented with my own versions of the sauce, and I am excited to share with you my Easy Swedish Meatball Sauce recipe.

This sauce is creamy, flavorful, and the perfect accompaniment to any meatball dish. Whether you are making meatballs from scratch or using store-bought, this sauce will elevate your dish to the next level.

How to Prepare Easy Swedish Meatball Sauce

Ingredients for Easy Swedish Meatball Sauce

  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary, adjust to taste
  • 10 ounces frozen cooked meatballs, defrosted

Directions for Easy Swedish Meatball Sauce

  1. Assemble all the ingredients.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the beef broth, whipping cream, flour, soy sauce, black pepper, and rosemary. Whisk everything together over low heat until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Cook the mixture, stirring occasionally until it thickens. This should take about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the defrosted meatballs to the sauce and continue cooking until the meatballs are heated thoroughly. This should take about 5 more minutes. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the center of the meatballs. It should read at least 160 degrees F.
  5. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings if necessary before serving.

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What Constitutes Swedish Meatball Sauce?

The Swedish meatball sauce comprises a handful of basic pantry items:

Beef Broth

The beef broth imparts a savory, meaty essence to the sauce.

Whipping Cream

Whipping cream guarantees a luxurious, velvety, and creamy sauce.

All-Purpose Flour

A smidgen of all-purpose flour thickens the sauce to an ideal texture.

Soy sauce

contributes saltiness and a deep, umami-rich taste.


Ground black pepper and rosemary are the sole seasonings required for this uncomplicated Swedish meatball sauce.


Naturally, meatballs are essential. This recipe calls for frozen pre-cooked meatballs, but homemade meatballs are also a viable option.

How to Craft Swedish Meatball Sauce

Constructing Swedish meatball sauce is a breeze — it merely involves two steps! Simply combine all the components in a saucepan and let it simmer until it achieves a thicker consistency. Subsequently, incorporate the meatballs and persist in cooking until the meatballs are thoroughly heated (and attain an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit).

How to Densify Swedish Meatball Sauce

The all-purpose flour incorporated in this recipe should suffice in densifying your Swedish meatball sauce to an appropriate thickness. However, if it falls short, you can introduce a cornstarch mixture (1 tablespoon of cornstarch combined with 2 tablespoons of water) to enhance its thickness.

Can I use fresh meatballs instead of frozen?

Yes, you can use fresh meatballs instead of frozen. Just make sure they are fully cooked before adding them to the sauce.

Can I substitute the heavy cream with something else?

Yes, you can substitute the heavy cream with half and half or a mixture of milk and butter. However, the sauce may not be as rich and creamy.

Can I make the sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Just reheat it on the stove and add the meatballs when you are ready to serve.

Can I freeze the sauce?

Yes, you can freeze the sauce in an airtight container. Just thaw it in the refrigerator and reheat it on the stove before serving.

How long does the sauce last in the refrigerator?

The sauce will last for about 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

What can I serve with Swedish Meatball Sauce?

You can serve the Swedish Meatball Sauce over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. It also goes well with vegetables like green beans or broccoli.

I hope you enjoy making this Easy Swedish Meatball Sauce as much as I do. It’s a family favorite that I’m sure will become a staple in your kitchen as well.

Easy Swedish Meatball Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary crushed, or more to taste
  • 10 ounces frozen cooked meatballs thawed


  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Whisk together stock, cream, flour, soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon rosemary in a large saucepan over low heat until smooth.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in thawed meatballs, and continue cooking until meatballs are heated through, about 5 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meatballs should read at least 160 degrees F.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings before serving.
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