I don’t about you folks, but when I go to IKEA, I can’t wait to get down to their cafeteria and wrap my taste buds around some of their famous Swedish meatballs! They are just soooooo good! Since I can’t really make a trip to IKEA every time I want their meatballs, I got to work making a healthier IKEA Copycat Swedish Meatballs Recipe. It’s actually a pretty easy recipe to make, and these meatballs turned out just as good, if not, BETTER than IKEA’s.

Now, I just need to create a lighter version of their delicious Lingonberry sauce to go with it, and I’m set! At 9 Smart Points for 6 meatballs and sauce, this delicious dish makes a perfect Weight Watchers substitute for the original version. If you love IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs as much as I do, this copycat version is a must try!

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IKEA Copycat Swedish Meatballs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
These tasty meatballs have become a family favorite. Deliciously tender and flavorful, with a heavenly gravy that will leave you never having to make a run to IKEA just for the meatballs again!
Servings: 4 servings
  • 1/2 lb extra lean ground pork
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef 90% lean
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat Panko
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup light butter
  • 1/2 cup fat free sour cream
  • 2 1/4 cups fat free beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat half of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in onions, and cook for about 4-5 minutes. Wipe skillet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the pork, beef, cooked onion, Panko, egg, nutmeg, allspice and salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into 24 1” meatballs.
  3. Heat remaining olive oil in skillet. Add meatballs into pan, in batches, and cook until all sides are browned. About 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  4. Now melt butter in skillet, and then whisk the flour into the melted butter. Cook until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Slowly pour in the beef broth while continuing to whisk, until gravy is mildly thickened, about 3 minutes. You may need a bit more or less broth to achieve the desired texture of gravy.
  5. Whisk in the sour cream, and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Add in the meatballs, and stir around gently. Cook, remembering to stir occasionally, for about 10-12 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size is 6 meatballs with sauce
Each serving = 9 Smart Points

371 calories; 12g fat; 3.5g saturated fat; 23g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 3g sugar; 36g protein

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