The Country Cook: Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs
                                                   

Monday, May 11, 2015

Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs

I am so excited to share this recipe with you today. After I shared the Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatball recipe a couple of weeks ago, I got a bunch of emails from folks asking for more recipes like that one. It really is the simple things, isn't it? We're all just looking for those weekday recipes that can feed our family, taste good and don't create a load of dirty dishes. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's nice to look and think about those pretty, fancy meals on Pinterest that include some sort of quinoa or kale or some other thing you'll have to bribe your family to try because, "I swear, this is SO good. You HAVE to try it. Seriously. So. Good. Ok fine, I'll let you have ice cream for dessert if you'll just eat this baked cauliflower that I swear tastes JUST like potatoes. No seriously, it really does." But when I'm not convincing my family how awesome spinach and cauliflower can be, we still gotta eat. 
And grown folks and the little ones all love meatballs. I don't know what sort of magical power the meatball possesses. But you say the word "meatball", and suddenly, everyone is all in. The kale and quinoa go flying as they all make a run for the meatballs. I know, I know, "Quinoa and kale are SO good. No seriously, so good. Seriously. So. Good. Really, you have to try it. You may not have liked it before. But seriously. You have to try this recipe I found on Pinterest. It's like the best ever. My kids have no clue they are eating something healthy."

Mmm Hmm. At least, that's what we have to keep telling ourselves so we'll keep eating healthy. But we all know, we just want a meatball. For the love of all things holy, just give me meatballs! And I'm not going to feel bad about it. And yes, they are frozen meatballs. And ya know what? I'm not going to feel bad about that either. I made dinner for my family, it tastes darn good and we sat around and had an awesome chat at supper. With my frozen meatballs. We will call it a win because they ate some Steamfresh microwaveable green beans instead of baked cauliflower that totally tastes like potatoes. So this one is for you busy Moms and Dads. You can make dinner. You can take shortcuts some times. And you are still an awesome sauce parent! And you get cool points for the meatballs. We'll keep working on the kale and quinoa. 
Ingredients:
1 can cream of mushroom (or chicken) soup, low sodium
1 can beef broth, low sodium
1 packet dry onion soup mix
2 tbsp. A1 steak sauce
1 (2 lb.) bag frozen meatballs
1 (8 oz.) container sour cream (1 cup)
1 (16 oz.) package egg noodles
Directions:
In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, mix undiluted soup with beef broth, onion soup mix and steak sauce. Stir well.
Then add in frozen meatballs. 
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high 3-5 hours.
When meatballs are ready, stir in sour cream. 
At this time, put a pot of water on the oven to boil for your egg noodles (make according to package directions.) Drain noodles well when done. 
Mix noodles and meatballs together.
Or serve meatballs on top of noodles. 
Note: If I'm serving for a crowd, I will mix together and keep my crock pot on the 'warm' or 'buffet' setting. But when it's just my family, everyone can serve themselves and grab as many meatballs and sauce as they like. 

Enjoy!

85 comments :

  1. Sounds marvelous to me! Time saver too.

    If you don't think it is healthy enough then feel free to go to another recipe.

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  2. This recipe sounds quick and yummy, however, the best part of a Swedish meatball to me is the wonderful spice mixture. I see that your bag of frozen meatballs are Swedish style meatballs and they probably have the spices in them but here in the Northwest we don't have those. Any suggestions for spices to make these truly Swedish? Thanks!

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    1. I use the recipe for Swedish Meatballs that my French Canadian Memere' taught me and the spice that we add is Dill Weed...and for me that make yummy!!!

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    2. Swedish meatballs was one of my favorite meals my mom used to fix for me, and the dill weed was what made them so good. She always added it to the sauce at the end just a few minutes before serving.

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    3. I would really encourage you to try another grocery store. I am not sure where you live but I have found them at most chains - Krogers/King Soopers, Safeway, Albertsons, Sam's.

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  3. Hi! Ok, for those that mentioned they could not get these ingredients in their country, I'm truly sorry. I live in America and so this blog is for those in America and Canada. I'm sure there are some amazing food bloggers in your country who you could follow and could offer great tips! As for there being something special about Swedish meatballs, I don't know of any particular spices. I'm sorry. These just tasted like regular ole ground beef meatballs. I don't know what made them call this pack "Swedish" other than they were smaller in size than a traditional meatball. Sorry I can't offer more help beyond that. :) And for the person that left the really, really rude comment. It has been deleted. Perhaps this just isn't the blog for you. There are millions of food bloggers on the internet. If this one isn't for you - kindly pass it by and move on to the next. Thank you!

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  4. Looks delish! What brand is your crockpot?

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  5. Angie, It's the Ninja 4-in-1. I am completely hooked on it now. Best investment I've made in a long time! :)

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    1. my favorite kitchen toy!!!!! LOVE mine!!!!!! I agree!

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  6. M-M-M! These look fine and dandy to me...love your wonderful recipes! Keep on keeping on....you go girl. =) You are loved by the majority...no doubt about it. XO

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  7. Now this one is right up my alley! How can this one not be good? I am so envious of your Ninja (it is on my wishlist) I have really tried to pass off the cauliflower as just as good as taters but the family just doesn't buy it. I will still keep trying with the healthy stuff but every so often you are right, you just have to give in. Nothing wrong with a meatball!

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    1. Maybe try mixing half and half, half mashed potatoes and the other half pureed cauliflower. They might like it better.

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    2. I love my Ninja, you should really treat yourself! I am going to sell my crock
      pot at the next yard sale!!!!!

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    3. My crockpot is Crockpot brand and it boils the crap out of everything, even on the low setting. I'll have to try the Ninja and see if I like it.

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    4. The Ninja 4-i is absolutely the best!! The spice in Swedish Meatballs is Nutmeg--

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  8. Thank you Mrs. B and Melissa!! Hope you love it!

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  9. Hi! Sounds sooo yummy!! What size can of cream of mushroom do you use? Thanks!

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  10. Those meatballs look wonderful, I am going to give them a try. I was looking for a new crockpot and yours looks really interesting. Love all your recipes.

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  11. Love this recipe..I use golden mushroom soup in mine.....

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  12. Wow,this sounds great !!I used to make a recipe out of a 1979 cookbook, this recipe is so easy ! Thanks for sharing !

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  13. Literally, I'm about to head out to the grocery store to buy ingredients for this. It looks wonderful and will be on our menu for tomorrow!

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  14. hi ma'am,
    just want to ask what size can cream of mushroom to use
    and what size can or how much beef broth?

    thank you for your time

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  15. I just found this on Pinterest & can't wait to try it!
    Sounds so yummy, Thanks for sharing

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  16. Hi. I like in the UK. I have tried a few of your recipes. Thankfully, Google is there to tell me the UK equivalent of ingredients! Keep up the good work!

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  17. Yes we actually do have those frozen meatballs in the Northwest. Those are Kroger brand which you will find in all Fred Meyer stores. Fred Meyer is owned by Kroger. You will find them in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

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    1. Smith's Food and Drug also carries Kroger brand.

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  18. Just to clarify.....is the beef broth condensed? And, if it is condensed, are you adding water to it, or adding it condensed? Looks delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  19. Karen, not sure if you can tell from the ingredient picture but it is not condensed beef broth. No additional water is added in addition to that can. Hope that helps!

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  20. Brandi .. I just want to say this recipe is amazing. I made it tonight and I had to use Italian Meatballs but it was still awesome. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and wonderful recipes. I am one of your biggest fans. Thank again

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  21. Thank you so much for coming back to say so Lisa!

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  22. I have tried several Swedish meatball recipes and they are all usually pretty good. I tried this recipe today and my kids said, "Keep this one!" Thanks for a delicious and easy recipe!

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  23. Put this in the crockpot this morning and couldn't wait to come home and try it. Unfortunately, the electric had gone off today and I had to throw out the whole batch! So bummed. Has anyone ever tried this in the oven or on the stove? Really want to try this recipe, but not sure I want to trust the crockpot again.

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    1. I just came acroos this and trying it for dinner. HOPE it works. I make my own meatballs and noodles. I'll have to try the nutmeg.

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  24. I made this last night and it was hands down the best Swedish meatballs I have ever had in my life!!!!! Thank you!! Easy and the entire family loved it!!

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  25. Thank you for sharing. I love your blog, you write how I think! I made these and I have to tell you, I got compliments from the company I invited for dinner. My Mom used to make Swedish Meatballs so I included some blackberry jam on the side. Mom couldn't find the tradition Lignion Berry jam so she substituted the blackberry.

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  26. This recipe looks fantastic....the only problem is that I'm a bit odd/picky. I do not/will not eat/cook with cream of mushroom or cream of chicken. Is there any other cream soup you recommend?
    I usually substitute recipes with cream of onion or cream of broccoli. I'm afraid that if I use cream of onion for this recipe, it may taste too oniony and then that may overpower the recipe (considering the onion soup mix that is already in the recipe). As far as cream of broccoli, well....that just doesn't sound good in this recipe whatsoever. Help! :)

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    1. Try mixing up a roux on your stovetop and adding milk and beef broth granules until it's the proper thickness for a condensed cream soup (I usually make a bunch and freeze some). This is great to do if you have fresh broth you can add and bits of meat from bones you've used recently, to make a cream of beef base. My husband hates mushrooms so I've learned to substitute! You can keep extra in your freezer. If you freeze tablespoonfulls in an ice cube tray you have bits to add to sauce/gravy.

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  27. To the the person who does not want to use Cream of Mushroom/Chicken .... I have used Cream of Celery plenty of times as I don't like the Mushroom and it's a great replacement !!

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    1. I used to do that too.. it's a 'Seventies' type of recipe. You can always thicken it with mixing a couple of chicken stock cubes with plain ('all purpose') flour, maybe a tablespoon, or two tops) blended in water to make a smooth waterery paste; and mix in at beginning.

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  28. Fantastic recipe, grand kids loved it....hard to get that to happen with all of them simultaneously, love the flavor, always use cream of mushroom, Walmart generic meatballs, I typically cook on low for 5 - 6 hours, everyone who has ever tried it has liked it. Thanks for the recipe

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  29. I really loved this recipe. Thank you for sharing. Have you ever tried freezing a batch? Just curious!

    Thanks!

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  30. Love your recipes and tips! Which model Ninja system did you purchase? Sooo desperate for new crock pot. Thank you.

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  31. I am definitely going to try this, now that slow cooker weather has arrived. I have tried many of your recipes, sometimes iñcorporating ideas from others and never been disappointed. I am widowed and live along, but my adult grandchildren love to come over for dinner and see what new recipe nanny is trying. Thanks and keep them coming.

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  32. I made this for dinner tonight for my insanely picky family and everyone LOVED it. My son even came back for seconds! I swapped the cream of mushroom for cream of chicken soup and added a packet of beef stroganoff mix that I had in the pantry just because I had it and it was probably one of the easiest, most tasty meals we've had in a while. I shared this recipe with my mom and she made it today also and they loved it as well. So thank YOU for sharing your delicious recipe with all of us!

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  33. I tried this recipe a couple of weeks ago and it was a big hit with my teenage son, toddler, and husband. Absolutely delicious!

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  34. Anyway to add the uncooked noodles lets say 15 minutes (or longer...not sure how long) before serving so they will just cook in the broth/sauce?

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  35. I also forgot to ask.....can something else like soy sauce or worchester sauce be subbed for the steak sauce?

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    1. I've done something similar on the stove top with a base of mushroom soup, sour cream, beef broth and beef gravy... Probably more sodium than some will like, but tasty! I also use black pepper, allspice, and dill.

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  36. Brandie, I don't know who would write you a rude comment but I agree, this is a good recipe. I have been following you for a while now, and everything I have ever made of yours, I have enjoyed very much. Keep up the good work.

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  37. Hi - would love to try this tonight! I have a package of ground beef to make my own meatballs. Do you think I can use uncooked homemade meatballs with this recipe instead of frozen ones? Would you tweak the recipe at all?

    Thanks!

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  38. Hey there Megan-I would bake the meatballs prior to placing in the crock pot or add on to the cook time to allow for the meatballs to cook all the way through. Hope this helps and thanks for stopping by.

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  39. I accidentally added in the sour cream before cooking was finished. =( will this make a huge difference?

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  40. Hello! I just stumbled across your blog and bought all the ingredients to make this over the weekend! I am originally from Michigan living in New Jersey so I smiled when I saw your Kroger brand Swedish meatballs, I miss the Kroger brand! My only concern is that I couldn't find the Swedish style when I was looking for meatballs here in New Jersey, I could only find Homestyle meatballs. I was wondering if this would be Okay ?I

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  41. Thank you for this great recipe! It was an amazing starting point for our dinner tonight. I didn't have all the ingredients listed but I did have some good substitutes. I switched up the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt, traded the onion soup with mushroom gravy mix, and added Worcester sauce instead of the steak sauce. I also added sauteed mushrooms and onions (I didn't want to miss out on the oniony flavour). Next time I may add some frozen peas as well. It was so good! I was hoping for leftovers but there's barely enough left for my husband's lunch tomorrow. I really love that it took me longer to gather the ingredients than the actual prep time.

    To the commenter who was asking about adding the sour cream at the beginning rather than at the end, I threw my yogurt in at the beginning and it was great. I used the low setting on my crockpot though.

    Thanks again, this is definitely a keeper.

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  42. I find that with Swedish Meatballs there is always that distinct taste that makes them so special. Try adding 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of mace to your sauce, it will give it that authentic flavor. Just remember that a little goes a long way so start out with just a touch and add more as desired.

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  43. Hello! I was wondering how many this recipe served?? Thank You!

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  44. Some spices to add for "swedish" taste are pepper 1/4 tsp, allspice 1/4 tsp and ginger 1/8 tsp (Per pound of ground meat (2/3 ground beef, 1/3 sausage)
    if making meatballs. Don't know if this would add the special flavor to the "sauce" if using frozen meatballs)

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  45. Could you tell me the size of the canned ingredients? I'm going to have to double everything considering I have a big family. Thank you.

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  46. The broth is 2 cups, increase the cream of soup by another can. Hope this helps.

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  47. I found this recipe a while back. I am fixing it as I am typing this. I smells divine and I still have a couple of hours left before it is ready, I just snuck a meatball...OMG!!! DELICIOUS! I can't wait to add the sour cream and noodles!

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  48. I have a Ninja 3 in 1 cooker and was wondering if you have ever cooked the egg noodles with the other ingredients to make this a one-dish meal.

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  49. I wouldn't suggest cooking the noodles with it as they will overcook.

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  50. I live in the UK, the substitutions I made to this recipe are

    2tbsp A1 sauce = 3 tbsp of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
    Onions soup mix = 1 pack of Ainsley Harriots Onion soup (pick out the croutons)
    Swedish meatballs - in the chiller section of Tesco (not frozen so only cook for 4 hours on low)

    Salt and pepper to taste.

    My husband is a massive Ikea meatballs fan, we make the 1 hour round trip just to eat them! He says these are pretty much the same thing. So thank you for saving me the long drive!

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  51. Katherine that is awesome! So glad they will curb his cravings when you can't get there. Thanks so much for letting me know how great they were.

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  52. This is one of my favorite recipes...thank you! Definitely use low sodium soup and broth because it will be way too salty. My husband isn't crazy about noodles, so I serve it over rice. Delicious!!

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  53. Making this for the second time today. I'm sitting at work day dreaming about it cooking at home. Can't wait for dinner!

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  54. Oh I would be daydreaming too! Hope they were just as good the second time as the first.

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  55. This recipe looks so delicious, I'm going to have my family over tonite for dinner and will be serving this dish...I think it is going to be a big hit! I'll let you know tomorrow...can't wait for supper!

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  56. We found your site very early this morning and put the recipe to the test in our crock pot. We just finished two big helpings of this fantastic recipe and it was really good! Thanks so much for sharing it, Brandie. We've bookmarked your site because we've spotted many other fabulous recipes we will be trying. Keep up the good work!

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  57. Made this today and it was amazing!!! I'll definitely be making this again. Easy and delicious

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  58. This looks like a great alternative to the long tedious recipe that my husband tried for Swedish meatballs. Plus it’s a crock pot recipe, a winner for sure since we are busy with after school activities now.

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    1. Yes, this is super easy to make. Hope it is a winner for your family.

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  59. Made this tonight,it was awesome and so simple! I used 1 can cream of mushroom, 1 can condensed french onion and I added a pack do french's brown gravy mix in addition to the lipton onion soup mix. I did add a cup of water. It came out perfect, hubby was so impressed! Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe.

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  60. I am so excited to try Swedish meatballs and have always loved them but never met known anyone that ever made them.. There in the crockpot as I'm writing this and I will comment after we have dinner m..

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  61. I live in CT & Stop & Shop carries the frozen Swedish Meatballs. Will try this dish soon cuz family & friends will love it I'm sure!

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  62. Saw this recipe this morning & immediately ran out to Trader Joe's. They didn't have Swedish meatballs, but I just grabbed a regular bag. I can't wait to try it. Thanks & sorry that people are being rude!!! Xoxo

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  63. I have been making this for years and we are never disappointed. I have even had the meatballs at parties they are always a hit. I use Worcestershire sauce instead of the A1 other than that it is the same recipe I have always used. I have found you can sub cream of celery or golden mushroom soup if you want, and the flavor is so close to the original one it is hard to tell the difference. I'm glad to see someone else making these.

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  64. Made these for dinner last night, fantastic! Easy and delicious is always a winner.

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  65. These are wonderful. Smell great when you walk in the house. YUMMY

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  66. Loved these once I did them correctly. I may be the only one this dumb but the low sodium soups are not just a health thing. It will be WAY to salty if you use regular soup (that was all I had on hand). In addition, my husband salted the water for the noodles. I am pretty sure we are still retaining fluid! Tried again with low sodium soups and it was perfect!

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  67. Got the ingredients for this tonight. Going to make this for our potluck at work on Wednesday. I'm sure my co-workers will love it!

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  68. I made this for dinner, got super busy and forgot the sour cream! :( It was still yummy, however, it was so salty!!! Did anyone else experience this? I used homestyle meatballs, and low sodium soups.

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