Instant Pot Swedish Meatball Pasta

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Quick and easy instant pot Swedish meatball pasta recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in 30 minutes. Loaded with egg noodles, creamy sauce, frozen meatballs.

This meal will have everyone at your table begging for more. It is such an easy and delicious dinner idea that you will be adding it to the meal rotation often. If your house is anything like mine, everyone loves meatballs. So make sure to try this Meatball Casserole (One Pot) and Best Spaghetti And Meatballs (One Pot) and even this Instant Pot Meatball Sub Sandwich when you get a chance.

Easy Homemade Swedish Meatball Pasta Served in White Bowl

How To Make Instant Pot Meatball Pasta Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Add ingredients in pressure cooker– This includes meatballs, broth, cream of mushroom soup, worcestershire sauce, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper.
  2. Mix– Until combined.
  3. Spread noodles– On top in an even layer.
  4. Cover– And cook.
  5. Release pressure– Do this naturally for 5 minutes and then, do a quick pressure release.
  6. Add remaining ingredients– This includes half and half and cornstarch slurry.
  7. Mix– Until combined.
  8. Cook– Until sauce is thickened.

What Kind of Pasta Goes With Swedish Meatballs?

Extra broad egg noodles are best for this recipe because they hold the sauce well, but you can use any other large pasta that will hold up to the sauce and meat.

How To Make Ikea Meatball Sauce (Swedish Meatball Sauce)?

Combine the following ingredients and cook in a nonstick saucepan over medium heat:

  • 2 cups Beef broth Low sodium
  • 1 can Cream of mushroom soup 10.5 oz. can
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove Garlic Finely minced
  • 1 tsp Parsley Dried
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste

Then towards the end, min in these last 2 ingredients to thicken the sauce to your desired consistency:

  • 1/2 cup Half and half Or heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch Dissolved in 1 tbsp water

How Are Swedish Meatballs Different Than Regular Meatballs?

Swedish meatballs are usually a combination of pork and beef with spices such as allspice and nutmeg. Italian meatballs usually are flavored with Parmesan and Italian seasoning. While all of those ingredients can vary, the real difference is in what sauce they are served with. Italian meatballs are traditionally served with a tomato sauce, and Swedish meatballs are classically served with a cream sauce.

Closeup Shot of Creamy Pasta

What Sides To Serve With Creamy Swedish Meatball Pasta?

Roasted Vegetables are an excellent side to go with this heavier pasta:

Salads are also a great way to lighten this hearty meal:

Soup is another great option to start this meal:

Variations For Meatballs And Pasta

Serve over alternatives to pasta– Omit the pasta and serve over steamed rice or Garlic Mashed Cauliflower (One Pot) or Mashed Sweet Potatoes (One Pot) or Creamy Mashed Potatoes (One Pot).

Add vegetables– Such as carrots, broccoli, or green beans.

Use homemade meatballs– I used frozen store bought for this recipe for convenience, but you can use homemade if you like.

Try other seasonings– Such as Italian Seasoning, Cajun, or even Greek seasoning for a different flavor.

Add cheese– Top with freshly shredded parmesan or mozzarella.

Tips And Techniques

Do you have to use half and half? You can use half and half or heavy cream if you prefer. These both work well because of the high fat content making the pasta creamy. Don’t use a low-fat milk. It won’t provide the same creaminess.

Allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes– Then, do quick pressure release to remove remaining pressure because this ensure proper cooking of the pasta.

Use low-sodium broth– Because this prevents the dish from becoming too salty.

Spread the noodles on top into an even layer– Don’t mix, even if they are not fully submerged! If you mix the pasta into the sauce, it will overcook and become “mushy” during cooking.

Cream of mushroom substitute? You can use cream of chicken or cream of celery instead, but it will alter the flavor a little. You could also use sour cream instead.

Worcestershire sauce substitute? If you don’t have any, you can use balsamic vinegar in its place or soy sauce. It will alter the flavor slightly.

What to do if the sauce is too thin? The pasta will absorb liquid as it sits so it will thicken up naturally on its own. If it is still too thin, you can cook uncovered for a little longer to reduce liquid further.

What to do if the sauce is too thick? Simply add more broth to thin out the sauce.

Creamy Instant Pot Meatball Pasta in White Bowl- Overhead Shot

Storage

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 2 days.

Freeze– I do not recommend freezing this because the noodles and cream sauce will not thaw well.

Reheat– In the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of water or broth.

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Easy Homemade Instant Pot Swedish Meatball Pasta Served in White Bowl
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Instant Pot Swedish Meatball Pasta

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Quick and easy instant pot Swedish meatball pasta recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in 30 minutes. Loaded with egg noodles, creamy sauce, frozen meatballs.

Servings: 4 People
Course: mai
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot pasta
Calories: 514 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Frozen meatballs
  • 2 cups Beef broth Low sodium
  • 1 can Cream of mushroom soup 10.5 oz. can
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove Garlic Finely minced
  • 1 tsp Parsley Dried
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 3 cups Egg noodles Extra broad, Uncooked
  • 1/2 cup Half and half Or heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch Dissolved in 1 tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Place meatballs, broth, cream of mushroom soup, worcestershire sauce, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.

  2. Mix until combined.

  3. Spread the noodles on top into an even layer. Don't mix, even if they are not fully submerged! If you mix the pasta into the sauce, it will overcook and become "mushy" during cooking.

  4. Put the lid on and turn the the valve to “Sealing.” Select “Manual” mode and set the timer for 4 minutes.

  5. When the cook time is over, allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Then, do quick pressure release to remove remaining pressure.

  6. Remove lid and pour half and half and cornstarch slurry.

  7. Mix until combined.

  8. Cook on the "Saute" mode until sauce is thickened to your desired consistency and noodles are cooked through.

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days and reheated in the microwave with a splash of water or broth
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Swedish Meatball Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 514 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 1111mg46%
Potassium 632mg18%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 138IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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