Inside: Our family favorite recipe for Paleo Swedish Meatballs.
Today I’m sharing one of our family favorite recipes. My five year old has a “thing” for meatballs – and I can’t say I blame her. Meatballs are pretty fun to eat AND make.
And since it’s pretty impossible to find a gluten-free version while dining out, we end up making them at home. A lot.
These meatballs are gluten and grain free – and instead use a mix of minced mushrooms and a bit of almond flour to help bind them AND keep them moist.
A couple of notes on my Paleo Swedish Meatballs:
Most traditional Swedish meatball recipes use Worcestershire sauce as a prominent ingredient. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a version that doesn’t contain gluten, msg, sugar, corn syrup and a host of other ingredients that I try to avoid. If you’ve found a great option – can you let me know?
Instead of using that, I’ve found a friendlier mix of sauces to mimic the flavor without all the junk…things like coconut aminos, aged balsamic vinegar, and even a touch of fish sauce. (I promise this dish won’t taste fishy!) It’s as close as I could get to Worcestershire sauce and I think it’s pretty darn good.
These Paleo Swedish Meatballs are delicious served over my grain and gluten free pasta.
I love making up a big batch of noodles and then freezing them so I always have some on hand.
If you’re not up to making your own, I’ve heard great things about Cappello’s pasta – but buyer beware – these are EXPENSIVE!
Cappello’s pasta is available on Amazon as well as at Whole Foods!
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Paleo Swedish Meatballs Recipe
Paleo Swedish Meatballs
A delicious paleo Swedish meatballs recipe with all the flavor you love without any of the junk you don't. Comfort food at its best.
For the meatball mixture:
- 1 lb grass fed ground beef (I used 90/10)
- 1 egg
- 4 large mushrooms, minced
- 1/4 cup white onion, minced
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp mustard powder
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped finely
- 3 tbl almond flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
For the sauce:
- 1 tbl butter or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup white onion, sliced
- 4 large white mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cups beef stock
- 1/2 tbl coconut aminos
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1/4 tsp ground mustard
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 cup sour cream or sub coconut cream*
- 2 tbl parsley, finely chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone liner or foil.
Mix together: ground beef, minced onion and mushroom, egg, spices, parsley and almond flour.
Roll into meatballs. I like to use a small cookie scoop or a rounded tablespoon to measure the meat to keep the meatballs evenly sized.
Bake for 10 minutes, turn, and continue baking another 10 minutes until nicely browned and cooked through.
While the meatballs are baking, start making the sauce.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add in the butter (or coconut oil)
Add in the onion and mushrooms and saute for 3-4 minutes, until onion is translucent and mushrooms are soft.
Add in the beef stock and deglaze the pan, making sure to scrape up any browned bits.
Stir in the coconut aminos, spices, balsamic vinegar and fish sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add in the cooked meatballs and continue to simmer over medium heat for 6-8 minutes, until the sauce is slightly reduced.
Remove from heat, and stir in the sour cream (or coconut cream) and sprinkle with parsley.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste
Server over grain free noodles
*If you are using coconut cream, you can either buy a can that's labeled "coconut cream" or just refrigerate a can of coconut milk for a few hours. The cream will rise to the top of the can and you can scoop out easily.
For the grain free noodles, I love making my own.
If you would rather purchase noodles, a great one to try is Cappello's
18 thoughts on “Paleo Swedish Meatballs Over Grain Free Noodles”
These sound delish. I’ll admit I would have never thought about those ingredients to substitute for Worcestershire sauce, but it’s definitely worth a try!
it’s a bit unorthodox, but the flavor is spot on!
These look really good! Easy for eating Whole 30 too! Thanks!!
Looks like a real comfort meal!
My family would be all over this delicious dinner! A perfect comfort food meal for winter. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Mmm this looks delicious and so healthy! Love the sound of a creamy mushroom sauce made out of coconut cream! <3
Thank you for this lovely recipe. We so enjoyed it’s wonderful flavor. A big change from soup and salad. I also made your noodles. My child couldn’t get enough of them.
One question, you said you freeze your extra noodles. Do you freeze them raw or once they have been cooked?
I freeze them raw, and then put them into the hot water still frozen and cook them just a touch longer. Thank you so much for your kind words. Very happy that you enjoyed the recipe!!
The meatball ingredients has mushrooms listed but yet they are not in the instructions part? Do you put mushroom in the meatballs themselves or just the sauce as they are also listed there and in the sauce instructions ??
The minced mushrooms go in the meat mixture, and the sliced are in the sauce.
I tried your recipe today, and loved it! Even my severely autistic son liked it, so that’s a keeper!! Thank you 🙂
Oh that’s wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for trying my recipe and giving me feedback. You made my morning 🙂
Absolutely delicious! The whole family loved this meal. Will definitely be making this again. 🙂
I love hearing that! Thanks for trying my recipe!!
This was delicious!! I didn’t have a few spices but it was still yum! And husband approves! 😜
Glad hubby loves it! Thank you so much for the feedback.
Made just the meatballs and sauce last night and they are nearly gone. Amazing! The only thing I had to make up for was the sour cream which I didn’t have so I took about 3 oz of Basil Chèvre and put it in a food processor then added goat milk 1 tablespoon at a time until I got the consistency I wanted. I woke up craving these. My daughter calls them meatball crack.
Can’t wait to try to make the pasta!
Oh, I just love hearing that! I’m so glad you enjoyed the meatballs, and that Basil Chevre sauces sounds AMAZING! Thank you for trying my recipe!