There are times when I buy a big bag of meatballs and only use half of it for a recipe. And then I’m left wondering what I should do with the rest.
I like coming up with new ideas, and experimenting with foods like meatballs as the main ingredient. This meatball stroganoff recipe comes together super quick with just a few simple ingredients! It has a creamy sauce and is delicious served over pasta. This is perfect comfort food!
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What’s the difference between this and Swedish meatballs?
I’ll be honest, I had to look this up because I had no idea. Each one is apparently its own classic dish!
A classic beef stroganoff consists of beef strips made in a rich sour cream sauce. Swedish meatballs are made in a creamy mushroom sauce.
So, my dish is meatballs in a mushroom AND sour cream sauce. So maybe it’s neither. But I don’t claim it’s a traditional beef stroganoff- it’s just delicious!
I mean, I’ve also made ground beef stroganoff before. It’s nowhere near authentic, but it still tastes good.
Cream of mushroom soup
Black pepper (I use about 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and you may need up to 1/2 teaspoon salt depending on how you like it)
What kind of meatballs work best?
I’m a huge fan of frozen meatballs because they’re so easy and I know I get perfect meatballs every time. I typically buy plain beef meatballs, but Italian style meatballs or turkey meatballs would be just fine!
If you plan to use homemade meatballs, I recommend cooking those ahead of time because I don’t know how long they’ll take to cook on the stovetop.
If you’re looking for a homemade meatball recipe, this one is what I use a lot! It takes a little extra time to make your own, but they taste amazing. They’re made with simple ingredients- ground meat (Lean ground beef, ground turkey, etc.), bread crumbs, egg, and some spices.
Can I make this in my slow cooker?
I’ve never tried, but you might be able to make this in your crock pot! Add everything except the sour cream and pasta. And try cooking on LOW for 5 hours. Then you can add the sour cream at the end and cook the pasta when you’re ready to eat.
How to make
Add the pepper and paprika and stir, then cook another 5-10 minutes until the meatballs are fully heated through.
Turn down the heat to low, then add sour cream.
Stir and heat another 2 minutes.
Serve on top of pasta, with your favorite sides.
How to store
Once this has cooled to room temperature, store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Use up within 3-5 days.
One of my favorite things is eating leftovers the next day. And the best part is, this makes a ton!
What to serve with this
My favorite sides are frozen vegetables! It’s so easy for me to throw a bag of frozen broccoli in the microwave while this is cooking. I’ve also eaten this with Brussels sprouts and green beans.
Another good option is a side salad. Make your own, or use the salad kits you can find at the grocery store to save some time!
If you’re not a fan of pasta, you could also serve this on top of mashed potatoes instead.
More Meatball Recipes
Want some more ways to use up leftover meatballs? Check out my roundup post of meatball recipes!
Print this easy meatball stroganoff recipe now:
- 36 frozen meatballs (About half a bag)
- 1 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 12 ounces spaghetti noodles, uncooked
- In a large skillet, add meatballs, milk, and soup. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot.
- Add the pepper and paprika and stir, then cook another 5-10 minutes until the meatballs are fully heated through.
- Turn down the heat to low, then add sour cream.
- Stir and heat another 2 minutes.
- Serve on top of pasta, with your favorite sides.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 523Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1149mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 22g
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.