Swedish milk stewed macaroni with meatballs and fresh parsley

Stewed macaroni is something I grew up eating, both at home and in the school (yes, we get hot lunch served every day in the Swedish school system). And I loved it! I can’t say I eat it that often anymore, but when I do, I get so many childhood memories back in my mind. This might remind you a bit of Mac n Cheese, just without the cheese. 😉 It is a really creamy pasta dish, with a hint of nutmeg. It’s really simple to prepare, just boiling the macaroni in milk instead of water. Make sure to stir often to avoid burned pot.

There is nothing better than serving milk stewed macaroni with my Swedish meatball. Enjoy!

Ingredients (4 pers.):


  • Follow my meatball recipe here.

Stewed Macaroni

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaronis
  • 4 cups 2% fat or whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 8 oz sliced pickles

Start with the meatballs and follow my recipe here.

Add the milk into a big saucepan together with the salt. Heat on low/medium heat carefully to not burn the milk. Add the macaroni and stir. Let the milk simmer on low heat while stirring until the macaronis are al dente or soft (approximately 20 minutes, depending on which type of macaroni that is used). Season with white pepper and nutmeg.

Serve the meatballs and milk stewed macaronis with fresh chopped parsley and sliced pickles.

Smaklig måltid!

My plate is from Danish “Bloomingville”.

4 thoughts on “Swedish milk stewed macaroni with meatballs and fresh parsley

  1. I grew up eating my Grandma’s “Swedish Macaroni” quite a few times a week for lunch or dinner. Yesterday I wasn’t feeling well and it was all that sounded good to me so I made some for myself. Even though I am in my 60s it is my lifelong comfort food. I had never seen a recipe or heard of others making it, outside my family. So out of curiosity I googled and found your recipe. I make it pretty much like you do, but never had meatballs along with it. That is a good idea!I am glad to have found your website!

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