Swedish Meatballs and Gravy (2024)


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Chances are if you have ever been to Ikea, then you have tried their Swedish Meatballs and Gravy with lingonberry sauce.

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Well now you can make themat home, plus this version tastes amazing. I might be a little biased, but seriously, these Swedish Meatballs and Gravy taste amazing, especially with a small dollop of said lingonberry sauce and my creamy Mashed Potatoes - heaven!!

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If you can't get lingonberry sauce then cranberry sauce will work just fine or if you are going near an ikea store, pick up a jar of their lingonberry sauce.

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The gravy kind of follows on the same ingredients as my ever so popular gravy with a couple of additions to turn it into that delicious creamy gravy that is traditionally served with the swedish meatballs.

I blend the onions for the gravy using myawesome new Ninja Duo Blender with Auto IQ technology that you can see below. It is a super clever blender that features intelligent programs that combine pulsing and blending patterns, meaning no having to guess how long to pulse or blend etc. It's amazing.

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For the meatballs it's very limited ingredients, all you need is the ground beef and some seasoning and you are good to go, no complicated fancy ingredients.

If you like you could even serve these Swedish Meatballs and Gravy with thesePerfect Chips

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This recipe is gluten free, it isn't however dairy free, although you an option to make this dairy free, is to use a little bit of coconut milk and add a little starch to thicken (corn, arrowroot or tapioca).

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For this Swedish Meatballs and Gravy recipe, serve with a veg of your choice, sauteed brussels or greens would go really well with this or you could even serve with this Cauliflower Mash .

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Swedish Meatballs and Gravy

Yield: SERVES 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

This recipe is gluten free and Weight Watchers friendly

WW Smart Points - 3


  • 600g (21oz) of extra lean ground beef (mince) - 5% fat
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

For the gravy

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cups (720ml) beef stock
  • 6 tablespoon of low fat cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • salt and black pepper
  • pinch fresh chopped Italian parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 180c fan, 200c, 400f (gas mark 6)
  2. Spray a deep frying pan over a medium high heat with some low calorie spray
  3. Add the onion and fry until softened.
  4. Add the balsamic vinegar and continue to fry for approx 5 mins till the onions are a nice caramelized colour.
  5. Add the rosemary and stock and bring to a boil
  6. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 mins
  7. While the gravy is simmering - add the ground beef to a bowl along with the salt and onion powder.
  8. Mix together
  9. Form into meatballs
  10. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper
  11. Spray over the top with low calorie spray
  12. Place in oven and bake for 10 mins
  13. Remove and set aside.
  14. Once gravy has simmered, add to a blender and blend till smooth.
  15. Add back to pan over medium heat
  16. Add in the cream cheese and bubble until melted and creamy
  17. Add in the meatballs and simmer for 10 mins till meatballs are cooked through and sauce has reduced and thickened.
  18. Sprinkle with fresh chopped Italian parsley and season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  19. Serve with Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Mash or Cauliflower Mash, plus your choice of veg and lingonberry (or cranberry sauce)


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Nutrition Information

Yield 4Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per ServingCalories 234Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2.4gCholesterol 90.3mgSodium 790.4mgCarbohydrates 9.2gFiber 1.5gSugar 1.1gProtein 36.7g

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Reader Interactions


  1. Zoe Lazic says

    This recipe was absolutely delicious! I always feel like I'm missing out when visiting IKEA and on returning home when my other half has bought the meatballs and sauce but this recipe certainly satisfies that craving! Truly yummy!


  2. Themcask says

    Another massive hit by Slimming eats! This one is a must make! Comfort food at its best and id say tastes better than the real thing! Fabulous!!


  3. Cheryl Peaco*ck says

    I made this last night and it was gorgeous, will definitely become a regular meal in our house. Thanks for the fab recipes x


    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      So happy you enjoyed it and you are welcome 🙂


  4. Sandra says

    The meatballs n gravy recipe sounds amazing n I'm gonna try it but can you please tell me what sort of low fat crime to buy to make the gravy with. Hope you can get back to me. Be most appreciated, as is this terrific site. Thank you, kind regards Sandra


    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      Hi Sandra, it is low fat cream cheese (like Philadelphia) any brand of low fat cream cheese will be fine. 🙂


  5. Tabitha says

    Hey looks lovely. Was womderimg could I make up the sauce to blend it now and then an hour later put in the pan and add meatballs and cream cheese?


  6. Kathy Green says

    Would quark work in place of the cream cheese


  7. Shannon says

    Hi I've made this a few times and its absolutely beautiful! Is it suitable for freezing? X


    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      Hi Shannon, yes they should freeze fine. I am so glad you enjoyed them. 🙂


  8. Syrena says

    One of my all time favourites! The gravy is absolutely delicious, a real comfort food treat especially when served with creamy mash. Thanks very much for the recipe


  9. Sam says

    I’m going to freeze these meatballs - would you recommend doing it before or after they are cooked?


    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      You can do either. I personally would freeze with the gravy.


  10. Heather Buckley says

    Love this recipe ! So easy and tasty ! The whole family love this !
    Fab with creamy mash !


  11. Margaret co*ckburn says

    Another hit in our household! I had 5% pork mince to use up so I used 1/2 5% beef mince & 1/2 5% pork mince, I actually prepped this during my lunch hour from work. All that was to be done when I came home was to put the meatballs in the sauce for 10 minutes and cook the pasta I served it with, thank you again, another amazing recipe x


  12. Leah says

    Thank you doo much......
    This was an instant hit with my family. My son loves meatballs and he said that it was the best meatball gravy in the universe!! Will definitely be making again and for only 1 syn.I
    Looking forward to checking out your other recipes.


  13. Natalie says

    Hi there. I am wanting to make this tonight for tea and was wondering can i use fromage frais instead of the cream cheese?? Thanks so much.


    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      hey there, it really needs the cream cheese, fromage frais will split and you won't get that same creamy taste.


  14. Samantha says

    Oh my goodness! This was amazing! I followed the exact recipe and it was so simple to make! Thank you for this recipe, the first of many I’m going to try ☺️


    • Shevy (Slimming Eats) says

      So glad you enjoyed it Samantha, thank you for commenting.


  15. Marion Young says

    I have just made this recipe today. Delicious to eat and so simple to make. Will certainly become a firm favourite. Going to repeat again tomorrow for my freezer. Thank you. X


  16. Karenb says

    Fabulous recipe, really enjoyed it.


  17. Sophia says

    Oh my goodness, I'm eating them right now and they are delicious. I absolutely love all of your recipes, thank you they are so helpful xx


  18. Noel says

    Loved this. So easy to make and freeze! Great recipe!


  19. Claire says

    This really is amazing. It tastes just like Ikea gravy. It's brilliant cos all the other recipes I found use cream. This has become a staple in our house. Love it. If in the UK, pair with Iceland's Swedish meatballs, it's exactly like dinner at Ikea.


  20. Marion Anderson says

    How many meatballs should I aim for to ensure they are cooked within the given time?


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