Simple Swedish Meatballs (Air Fryer Option)

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!

Instant Pot Directions: Pasta and Sauce

Add to the pot:

1 lb. pasta or egg noodles

5 cups of beef broth

Pressure cook for half of the maximum amount of time on the pasta box. Set an 8 ounce package of cream cheese to soften on the lid of the pot while the pasta cooks. Quick release the pressure and stir in the cream cheese until it’s completely melted. Make the meatballs as directed and mix them in after the cream cheese.

Stovetop Directions: Pasta

Cook according to package directions:

1 lb. pasta or egg noodles

The Meatballs

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 egg

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 unless you’re using the Instant Pot.

Stovetop Directions: 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.

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Simple Swedish Meatballs (Air Fryer, Pressure Cooker Options)

Crispy meatballs and creamy sauce make the perfect topping for pasta.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 8

Equipment

  • air fryer
  • pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

Instant Pot Pasta and Sauce

  • 1 pound pasta or egg noodles
  • 5 cups beef broth I use powder and water.
  • 8 ounces cream cheese 1 package

Stovetop Pasta

  • 1 pound pasta or egg noodles

The Meatballs

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Stovetop Sauce

  • 2 cups beef broth I use powder and water.
  • 8 ounces cream cheese 1 package
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions
 

Instant Pot Directions: Pasta and Sauce

  • Add the pasta and beef broth to the pot. Cook for half of the maximum amount of time on the pasta box. Set an 8 ounce package of cream cheese to soften on the lid of the pot while the pasta cooks. Quick release the pressure and stir in the cream cheese until it's completely melted. Make the meatballs as directed and mix them in after the cream cheese.
    1 pound pasta or egg noodles, 5 cups beef broth, 8 ounces cream cheese

Stovetop Directions: Pasta

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions.
    1 pound pasta or egg noodles

The Meatballs

  • Preheat the broiler if you don't have an air fryer.
  • Mix the meatball ingredients together in a bowl. Use a cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon to form the meatballs.
    1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 pound ground beef, 1/2 cup onion, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Air fry the meatballs at 400 for 12 minutes or broil them for 15-20, turning once.

Stovetop Directions: Sauce

  • Warm the cream cheese and whisk in the cornstarch.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Add the cream cheese and broth to a saucepan and whisk until heated through and thickened.
    2 cups beef broth
  • Mix the meatballs and sauce together before serving over the pasta. For best results, store the sauce and pasta separately.
Keyword beef, pasta
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