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Swedish Meatball Orzo

One pot meals are my favorite for weeknight quick dinners. Less clean up, less hassle, no boxes. Bonus. Swedish Meatball Orzo is a perfect example. So it isn’t actual meatballs – but it DOES have all the flavor of your favorite Swedish Meatballs and none of the hassle. 

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Swedish Meatball Orzo

I know. I thought the same thing. How can I call this Swedish MEATBALL orzo when ahhh, there’s no actual meatballs in it?

Because I said so. That’s why.

I’ve got that phrase down to a science in its delivery. Really though? I couldn’t think of another good thing to call this that would convey the same message. This tastes JUST LIKE your favorite Swedish meatballs recipe, but it takes about 30 minutes to make, and is way way  less work than its more traditional counterpart.


Last week I got the pleasure of going and checking out  the Chef’n headquarters before IFBC kicked off. It was great! We got to tour the facility, see their workshop, and got treated to lunch and cocktails up on their rooftop kitchen where the founder did a live demo of some of their most popular tools for us.



One of them was this awesome garlic chopper. Confession time. I usually use that refrigerated diced garlic in my dishes, or when I’m lucky enough to have some awesome Gourmet Gardens garlic, I use that. Because I HATE chopping fresh garlic. My hands end up smelling like raw garlic for days, and its sticky and a pain in the butt. This little garlic zoom is amazing. Just peel the garlic, toss it in, and roll it across the counter. Then you have perfectly diced fresh garlic. Then it goes right into the dish washer. LOVE THAT THING.

Swedish Meatball Orzo


I even got to meet some of my favorite blogging friends again during the excursion! Lynne from 365 Days of Baking and More, Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy, and Nic of Nibbles by Nic were nice enough to keep me company and entertain me while we learned all about that awesome company and their line of products. I wanted ALL THE GADGETS.

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They were so awesome! My utensil drawer does need a makeover!


That was a great start to an awesome weekend. Thank you IFBC and to all of my food blogging friends, new and old, for all the learning and fun!

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I’m super into this orzo. I love pasta, and I love rice, and this is pretty much rice shaped pasta sooooo. Yup. My new favorite. It also is easy to cook, quick, and does a lighting fast side dish, or in this case – a main dish!

Swedish Meatball Orzo

30 minutes, one pot, and no weird ingredients here.


Swedish Meatball Orzo

Swedish Meatball Orzo

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Want Swedish Meatballs but not all the work? Turn it into a pasta dish that has all of the same flavors, but none of the manual labor.


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • dash nutmeg
  • 3 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Brown ground beef and onion together with the garlic salt, pepper, onion powder, and nutmeg in a medium sized pan over medium high heat.
  2. Add in the beef broth and orzo and reduce heat to medium low. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Continue cooking and stirring until the orzo is tender.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the sour cream. Serve hot with crusty bread and a green salad.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 112mg Sodium: 759mg Carbohydrates: 14g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 37g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

Swedish Meatball Orzo

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Hanna B

Monday 10th of December 2018

Found this recipe in a google search for one pot orzo recipes. The Swedish meatball flavor is spot on! I found it a little soupy so would probably reduce the amount of beef broth next time.

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Thanks, Hanna! I'm glad you liked it, and thanks for the notes! The thickness can definitely vary based on what ingredients you used. I hope it turns out perfect for you!