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Meatballs and Gravy

Meatballs and gravy with cream of mushroom soup! These easy Swedish meatballs are smothered in cream sauce and ready to eat in less than 20 minutes! Crockpot instructions included as well.

Meatballs simmering in cream gravy

We love us some cream of mushroom soup! Some of our favorite recipes use a can of this magic like our baked cream of mushroom pork chops and oh-so-tender cream of mushroom chicken (stovetop).

It never fails in the flavor department and you end up with a crazy quick and delicious gravy and meatballs that taste surprisingly like Swedish meatballs!

Technically these aren’t Swedish meatballs since authentic recipes don’t contain mushrooms, but that’s what we like to call them.

The ingredients are fairly similar to homemade beef stroganoff, but the mushroom flavor is so light that they definitely taste more like Swedish meatballs!

Plate of meatballs and gravy with egg noodles

Ingredients for easy Swedish meatballs

  • Cream of mushroom soup – the star of the show!
  • Meatballs – use fully cooked frozen meatballs. They can be any meat you like: turkey, chicken, plant based, etc, but make sure they’re homestyle and not Italian-style.
  • Beef broth – I prefer unsalted beef broth or stock since the other ingredients are very high in sodium.
  • Sour cream – if you don’t have sour cream on hand, you can use plain Greek yogurt, cream, half and half or even milk.
  • Nutmeg – this ingredient is optional, but a generous pinch helps to bring in that authentic Swedish flavor. Just don’t over-do it!
Ingredients for Swedish Meatballs in a pan

How to make frozen meatballs with cream of mushroom soup

This is an easy dump and go recipe.

  1. Whisk together ingredients for sauce and bring to a simmer
  2. Add the frozen meatballs – no need to thaw
  3. Cover and let cook until hot all the way through

That’s it! If you prefer more gravy, double the sauce ingredients or only use 24 oz of meatballs (3/4 of a 2 pound bag).

Pan of Swedish Meatball Sauce

Swedish Meatballs Crockpot Instructions

Crock pot Swedish meatballs are just as easy as the stovetop, plus really convenient to take to a potluck or party.

  1. Whisk together ingredients for sauce EXCEPT sour cream (it may curdle when cooking for so long)
  2. Add the frozen meatballs – no need to thaw
  3. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6, then stir in sour cream at the end
Plate of meatballs and gravy with egg noodles

What to serve with Swedish meatballs and gravy

Egg noodles, white rice and mashed potatoes are good options. You definitely want something to soak up the extra gravy!

All of these sides can be cooked in the time it takes to make the meatballs so dinner is ready at once.

My favorite is egg noodles because they cook in just a few minutes.

Steamed rice is also a good option, and you can use microwave rice to have it done even faster.

Mashed potatoes are also a classic. I use the steam-able frozen bags when I’m in a rush.

To make a complete meal I like to do a simple steamed veggie on the side such as broccoli, asparagus or green beans. The meatball sauce tastes delicious drizzled over top so there’s no need for extra work to jazz them up.

For another super quick meatball recipe, check out my Crockpot Cranberry Meatballs!

Plate of meatballs and gravy with egg noodles

Meatballs and Gravy

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Easy meatballs and gravy using cream of mushroom soup and frozen meatballs! Serve with eggs noodles and a veggie for a really quick meal or make in the crockpot for a potluck.


  • 1 can (10 oz) cream of mushroom soup
  • ¾ cup beef broth or stock
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • Dash of ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 lbs fully cooked frozen meatballs*
  • Parsley, for garnish
  • Egg noodles, rice or mashed potatoes for serving


  1. In a large pan over medium heat, whisk together cream of mushroom soup, beef broth, sour cream and nutmeg until combined. Bring to a simmer, then add meatballs and stir to coat.
  2. Bring to a simmer again, then lower heat, cover and cook until heated through, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired, and serve over egg noodles, rice or mashed potatoes.


For this dish, homestyle or classic meatballs are preferred over Italian-style meatballs. Can be turkey, pork, beef, plant based, etc.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 456Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 1257mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 20g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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Tuesday 9th of April 2024

This is great for busy nights!! Easy to put together and is delicious. I did substitute cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic for the regular cream of mushroom soup because I already had that on hand. Everything else was as the recipe specified. I also doubled the sauce mixture. We like saucy noodles. I served it with egg noodles and green beans as a side. Will be on my meal rotation!


Wednesday 10th of April 2024

I haven't had the roasted garlic one - it sounds so good!

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