Swedish meatball A noodle bake that is seriously creamy and comforting! You could serve them over mashed potatoes, but I enjoy them over egg noodles, and this casserole brings you both options!
Swedish Meatball Noodle Bake
Meatballs, noodles, and sauce are the three main components of this bake. The meatballs are the heart of the dish; they are prepared with ground beef, breadcrumbs, an egg, an onion, and a touch of nutmeg.
Before nestling the meatballs into a bed of tender egg noodles, brown the meatballs first. Searing the meatballs brings added texture and so much flavor to this bake.
Then, a basic sauce made from beef broth, heavy cream, and Worcestershire is simmered for a few minutes and poured over the top.
A noodle bake isn’t a noodle bake without cheese, so we’ve added a generous helping of Swiss to this dish that blanketed the bake with Swiss!
This casserole has all the qualities that make for a perfect dish: it’s warm, filling, cheesy, and creamy. The sauce has a slight tang with a meaty flavor, but it’s the creaminess that makes it so enticing!
The creaminess of this bake combines perfectly with the nutmeg in the meatballs and the nuttiness of the Swiss. A la carte Swedish meatballs baked in a complete and comforting dinner!
Comforting and Scrumptious – Always a Winner!
You’ll never go wrong with these noodle bake. This is always a huge hit and super easy to throw together! All it takes are just a couple of simple ingredients and these three main components:
Meatballs: Tender, moist meatballs packed with tons of mouthwatering flavors!
Egg Noodles: Made from eggs and wheat flour. Egg noodles tend to be flat and long.
Sauce: The sauce for this noodle bake is made with broth, heavy cream, and Worcestershire sauce simmered until thickened.
To make this recipe gluten-free (you should use these ingredients instead):
- Almond flour (or almond meal) is a great gluten-free alternative to breadcrumbs.
- Beef broth made only with beef and water is gluten-free. However, other brands of beef broth may contain gluten-contaminating ingredients, so make sure to always check the ingredients when buying.
- Always check the ingredients to make sure that the Worcestershire sauce you are buying does not contain gluten. As an alternative, you can use red vinegar or balsamic vinegar combined with tamarind paste.
- Gluten-free egg noodles. Barilla fettuccine is gluten-free, and fettuccine is a great substitute for egg noodles.
Steps To Make Swedish Meatball Noodle Bake
Step 1: Combine the meatballs ingredients and shape the mixture into balls.
Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, ground nutmeg, and garlic powder
Step 2: Brown the meatballs over medium-high heat.
Set the meatballs aside once done.
Step 3: Cook the noodles for 2 minutes less than al dente.
Step 4: Simmer the broth, heavy cream, and Worcestershire sauce in the same skillet you seared the meatballs, making sure to scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
Step 5: Once thickened, season with salt and pepper. Then, remove from the heat.
Step 6: To a baking dish, place the pasta and top it with meatballs.
Pour the sauce on top
and add the cheese:
Step 7: Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F until the cheese has melted and is bubbly.
Frequently asked questions
Why are egg noodles so much better than regular pasta?
Wheat flour and “eggs” are what go into making egg noodles. They tend to be long and flat. Thin egg noodles are seen frequently in Asian cuisine.
What distinguishes Swedish meatballs?
Swedish meatballs use aromatic allspice and nutmeg in place of the parmesan cheese and garlic seasoning typically used in Italian meatballs, and they are usually served with a creamy white sauce as compared to a tomato-based sauce.
Tasty Swedish Meatball Noodle Bake Recipe
My family’s favorite! This delicious, comforting Swedish Meatball Pasta Bake melts our hearts every time!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: American
1 large egg, beaten
1 pound ground beef
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 c. breadcrumbs
1/2 onion, grated
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 c. egg noodles
1 c. beef broth
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 c. Swiss cheese, grated
1-pint heavy cream
Fresh parsley, chopped, for serving
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Set the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish using nonstick spray and set aside.
To make the meatballs, combine the beef, breadcrumbs, egg, onion, nutmeg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until just mixed. Then, scoop the mixture out to about 1 1/2 tbsp and shape it into balls.
In a big skillet over medium-high, heat the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, sear all sides of the meatballs until browned. After that, put the meatballs it on a dish and set it aside.
Cook the noodles in a large pot with salted boiling water for a minute less than the package directions.
Pour the broth into the same skillet you seared the meatballs. Add the heavy cream and Worcestershire sauce. Deglaze the skillet, scraping the browned bits from the bottom.
Allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes or so until a little thickened. To taste, season with salt and pepper. Then, take the skillet off the heat.
To the greased baking dish, add the pasta and top with the seared meatballs. On top, evenly pour the sauce and sprinkle with cheese.
Place in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and has melted. Allow the Swedish Meatball Noodle Bake to sit for about 5 minutes, then serve. Enjoy!
How To Make it Gluten free
Use almond flour in place of breadcrumbs.
Check for any gluten-contaminating ingredients when buying beef broth.
Gluten-free Worcestershire sauce. Or use a mixture of red vinegar or balsamic vinegar and tamarind paste as a gluten-free alternative.
Find gluten-free egg noodles or use Barilla fettuccine.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 552
- Sugar: 3 g
- Sodium: 526.3 mg
- Fat: 34.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 28 g
- Protein: 32.8 g
- Cholesterol: 171.4 mg
Keywords: Swedish Meatball
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