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You’ll love these meatballs in a cream sauce! Tender beefy meatballs smothered in a rich and creamy, buttery sauce flavored with white wine, Dijon mustard, and nutmeg.

white bowl with several beef meatballs in a creamy white wine Dijon sauce and parsley garnish

Let’s jinx things and talk about winter. This creamy meatballs recipe is perfect for a cold day. And I’ve experienced plenty of those. Years ago I had to walk to work in -40C. That’s also -40F! It’s hard to describe just how cold that is. Your eyes want to freeze shut so you have to keep blinking. It’s awful. I think the last time I had any kind of snow day was back when I rode a yellow bus to school and it broke down. -25C is routine here. 😛

It’s kind of funny – as bad as the weather gets here, the coldest I’ve ever been would have to be a few years ago when I visited England and watched a football (soccer) game outdoors with my husband. It was drizzling and < 10C. The damp cold is so different than the dry cold I am used to here in Alberta. It gets into your bones (yes I was wearing layers!). I don’t think I warmed up on that entire trip, despite drinking lots of Bovril.

This meatballs dish will warm you up and give you lots of leftovers – I take some for work lunches and it gives me something to look forward to.

Of course it feels like winter at work year-round because the air conditioning is always blasting. Don’t get me started on that. AC at home = godsend. At work, not so much.

Anyway, enough ranting. I need to eat more of these meatballs to warm me up!

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Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce - Salt & Lavender
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Meatballs in a Cream Sauce

You'll love these meatballs in a cream sauce! Tender beefy meatballs smothered in a rich and creamy, buttery sauce flavored with white wine, Dijon mustard, and nutmeg.
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6


  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion grated finely
  • 4 tablespoons Italian breadcrumbs
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons flour (for sauce) plus extra for dredging
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 6 shakes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups whipping cream


  • Add ground beef, breadcrumbs, grated onion, minced garlic, and salt & pepper (to taste) to a mixing bowl and gently mix together, using your hands.
  • Form meatballs (should make about 35 1-inch meatballs).
  • Dredge meatballs in flour.
  • On medium heat, melt olive oil and about 1 tbsp of butter in pot. Add meatballs and brown for a couple of minutes per side.
  • Once meatballs are browned, remove and set aside on a separate plate.
  • Deglaze the pan with the wine and dijon mustard.
  • Add cream, chicken broth, worcestershire sauce, the rest of the butter, nutmeg, 2 teaspoons of flour (sprinkle in gradually while stirring), and more pepper to sauce. Increase heat to medium-high, and stir until sauce is smooth. Reduce heat to medium just as sauce comes to a boil.
  • Add meatballs into pot and cook for approximately 20 minutes on medium-low heat until meatballs are cooked through and sauce is thickened. Stir them occasionally.
  • Add extra salt and pepper if desired.


  • Delicious with mashed potatoes or egg noodles.

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  1. 4 stars
    They were really tasty. I did add about 1tsp sugar I thought my sauce needed it & we had spaghetti pasta with it šŸ˜Š

  2. I used 93% ground beef and Italian sausage. We found we needed 2 eggs and a dash of milk to the meat mixture.
    Fantastic flavored meatballs and sauce. We added salt and pepper to the sauce, otherwise we made it to your recipe.
    We served the meatballs and white sauce over Jasmine rice.
    We saved back 1/2 of the meatballs and froze them for another day.
    Delicious! Best Swedish Meatballs I ever had!

    1. Hi! It’s kinda hard to explain how it’ll change the taste. You probably could add a bit more chicken broth instead, tho! Let me know if you like the recipe. šŸ™‚

  3. My boyfriend doesn’t like red sauce and I’ve been struggling to find ways for him to enjoy my traditionally Italian-esque foods. This creamy sauce looks like it would be right up his alley! They look SO darn good! Also, -40 degrees?! When it gets to 0 around here I just stop leaving the house!

    1. Thanks Jessica! Let me know if he likes them. Fingers crossed! Yeah, I want to hide when it hits zero as well haha… I’ve lived here for most of my life and I’ve never really gotten used to it or grown to like it!

  4. This dish looks like my kind of comfort food! The cream sauce sounds so incredible, and I love the bit of nutmeg you’ve added – perfect! Btw, love the photo!

  5. -40?!?! I don’t think I have ever been weather that cold. How did you not turn into an icicle? Poor thing. We’re so spoiled here in California. It is October,and still fairly warm and sunny. It is supposed to drizzle a little today, but otherwise sunny the rest of the week. These meatballs look delicious!

    1. Thanks Natalie! I know, it’s ridiculous. Luckily it doesn’t get that cold very often, but it is bitterly cold for a good chunk of the year. They’re saying that the El Nino will mean warmer temperatures for most of Canada this winter… fingers crossed!!