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Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs and Noodles

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Servings 4 servings

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These Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs and Noodles are an easy one pot meal made in the pressure cooker! Made in 30 minutes or less.

instant pot swedish meatballs and noodles on white plate with fresh parsley

It’s officially fall and I’m craving all the comfort food!

Hearty casseroles, carbs and creamy sauces are all back on the table and no one around here is upset.

These Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs are really the perfect fall meal — it’s a complete meal in one with no other pots required, plus we’re skipping the hard part and using store bought meatballs (so that you can still get a good meal on the table in between running the kids from one activity to the next).

If you do want to make your own meatballs, check out my favorite Homemade Meatball recipe!

This is my second one pot Instant Pot meatballs recipe, the first being these Honey Garlic Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes which we love, but are a little trickier because they require the pot-in-pot pressure cooker method, even though they both cook for exactly the same time.

Meatballs are just one of my favorite meals altogether, regardless of season and sauce and what we’re serving them over.

instant pot swedish meatballs in pressure cooker with metal spoon in pot

How to make the best Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs and Noodles:

  1. Choose good ingredients — this seems like a no-brainer, but really, when we’re using just a few ingredients in a recipe, you need to pick ingredients you enjoy.
  2. Choose low sodium beef broth — if you use regular broth this recipe will be very salty! Using low sodium sauces lets you control how much salt goes in
  3. Don’t overcook — pasta in the Instant Pot cooks incredibly fast. Normally, I do short cuts of pasta for 2 minutes but I give this recipe an extra minute to ensure the meatballs are heated through.
  4. Quick release — you don’t want to let your pasta cook any longer once the cook time is up. For this reason, pasta in the Instant Pot is always a quick release, which means you open the valve to release the pressure right away.
instant pot meatballs on white plate on white background with fork stuck in noodles

Tips for buying great store-bought frozen meatballs:

I know, I know — go ahead and judge.

But store bought frozen meatballs can make me feel like a superhero on those days where I had no dinner plan and the fridge was empty.

They are easily transformed into something amazing like these Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs with just a few ingredients, but you want to make sure you choose good meatballs to begin with.

A lot of store bought frozen meatballs are filled with weird ingredients and filler — you want to check the package for ingredients you can mostly pronounce. The shorter ingredient list the better!

Generally I’ve found with frozen meatballs that the cheapest bag is not what you want to be eating. You might have to spend a little bit more or watch for them on sale (or try Costco or somewhere you can buy a lot at a lower price).

Many stores also have fresh rolled meatballs, which will still require sauteeing in the pressure cooker but it will save you a step.

instant pot swedish meatballs with pressure cooker in the background on white plate

Tools you’ll need for these Instant Pot meatballs:

  • an Instant Pot (I use a 6 quart smart Instant Pot, but this recipe should work fine in all)
  • I haven’t used any other brand of electric pressure cooker, so I can’t say how they would function differently
  • No other special equipment required — just dump and go!

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Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs and Noodles

4.94 from 45 votes
These Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs and Noodles are an easy one pot meal made in the pressure cooker! Made in 30 minutes or less.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 470cal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb beef meatballs frozen or thawed
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups extra broad egg noodles (140g)
  • 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Instructions

  • Place meatballs in the Instant Pot with beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir until spices are combined.
  • Add noodles, spread into an even layer and press down gently but do not stir — they will not be completely submerged and that is fine.
  • Put the lid on, turn the valve to sealing, and select Manual or Pressure Cook for 3 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure.
  • When the cook time is over, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then open the valve to release the pressure, and remove the lid. The noodles may appear dry on top — this is FINE. Stir them into the meatballs.
  • Whisk together cream and corn starch and stir into meatballs. Turn the Instant Pot to saute and cook and stir just until sauce has thickened (and at this point, all noodles will be perfect 🙂 )

Nutrition Information

Calories: 470cal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 690mg | Potassium: 768mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Keywords instant pot meatballs, swedish meatballs

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  1. Lisa says

    I made this for my family tonight and it was so easy, and everyone loved it! I followed the recipe exactly, which is unusual for me because as a well-seasoned cook (puns are fun!), I usually tweak most recipes. Thanks for such a clear and concise recipe that tastes as good as it looks!

  2. Meg says

    This was fast, easy and delicious! My husband loved it and I happened to have everything on hand. I used frozen Costco meatballs and sprinkled shaved parmesan cheese on top.

  3. Marla says

    My new favorite recipe! I followed it precisely. It was delicious! Noodles were perfect and I was amazed at how fast the gravy thickened. My husband loved it! It was awesome!

  4. Jeff Yoder says

    Wow, we made exactly as directed and my very picky eating son loved it and so did I. Turned out perfect. It’s an easy recipe that can be adjusted as needed to suit your taste. Thank you so much for sharing it was delicious!

  5. Sharona says

    I am not the greatest cook and I never comment on recipes, but I couldn’t resist this time. This was the best Swedish meatball recipe I have ever tried. Super easy, I used sirloin meatballs and the sauce was perfect. I didn’t include the noodles because I wanted to put mine on mashed potatoes. I would not change a thing! Thank you for this!

  6. Kimberly Wrightington says

    Very easy and tasty recipe. I did add 1/4 tsp each of Nutmeg and Allspice for that “authentic” Swedish flavor.

  7. Sarah Gregoire says

    This was so yummy! I used more garlic, because I always do. But this hit the spot. Thanks! 😀

  8. lazy mom says

    I used a 4 cup package of beef stock and a 12 oz bag of egg noodles. Added heavy cream, sour cream, butter, some mustard and paprika. Noodles were perfectly cooked.

  9. Kathy says

    Great one pot meal. I followed the directions for time but didn’t have heavy cream or corn starch so used 4 oz of cream cheese and it was really good.

  10. Tree Witch says

    Worked great. Added a little more broth at the end as it got a little too think before all the noodles were cooked.

  11. Liv says

    Finally! A Swedish meatball recipe that includes the noodles! Made it last night, followed directions and it came out perfectly! I doubted, but it worked and it was delicious! Thank you from a new fan!

  12. Katherine says

    I made this on a night when my parents joined the 4 of us for dinner. I didn’t double it, but increased by about 1.5x. It was such a hit! We served it with a side of steamed broccoli. No leftovers, the teen boys devoured this meal!

  13. Adriana says

    I’ve made this so many times and it’s always amazing! A staple in our household. I’ve used turkey and vegan meatballs and both worked out great too!! just adjusted bouillon cubes (3 instead of 2 1/2) and seasoned to taste when it was finished. Absolutely delicious!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      If you follow the recipe exactly, the noodles will be cooked through 😀 Any noodles that are dry on top after cooking will be perfectly cooked after the sauce finishes.

  14. Lexi says

    Delicious! I think I might have used meatballs that were too big only because my noodles did not cook all the way through. I turned on the sautéed option on my pot and was able to cook them through enough 🙂

  15. Mechelle says

    I’m new to instapot cooking:) so i was wondering if meatballs can go in raw since I was going to make them and can I substite sausage meatballs? since I dont have hamburger?

  16. Natalie says

    This recipe was delicious! The sauce did not get as thick as I hoped so I just added a little bit more corn starch which helped. I will definitely be making this again.

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