Meatballs really are simple. All you need is meat (of course), a filler, and spices. Swedish meatballs technically have pretty specific spices and are made of a combination of meats. I like to keep things simpler than that, so here you are!
Cook according to package directions:
1 lb. pasta or egg noodles
If you are not using the air fryer, preheat the oven broiler and move a rack to to top of the oven.
Mix all of the following together in a bowl:
1/2 c. breadcrumbs
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. nutmeg
Form the mixture into balls and place on a cookie sheet. I use my cookie scoop (1 1/2 T. size) to portion them. Or, place the meatballs in the air fryer drawer.
Broil the meatballs for 15-20 minutes or air fry for 12 minutes at 400 degrees. Test with a meat thermometer or by cutting one in half.
While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the sauce.
Whisk together and heat until thickened:
2 c. beef broth
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 T. cornstarch
Once the Swedish meatballs have finished cooking, mix them into the sauce and serve over the pasta.