Cream of Mushroom Meatball and Rice Stew

This Swedish-style meatball stew with creamy gravy is prepared with meaty mushrooms for enhanced flavor. Served over Success® Basmati Rice, it makes for a hearty, delicious meal.

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Cream of Mushroom Meatball and Rice Stew

Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 25 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 45 mins


  • 2 bags Success® Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb lean ground pork
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sodium-reduced beef broth
  • 1/2 cup 35% heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
  • Cracked black pepper, for garnish


  • Take homemade meatballs to a whole new level with this Swedish-meatball inspired stew. The blend of tender cremini mushrooms, beef and pork makes for the perfect cold-weather meal. For the ultimate comfort meal, serve the meatballs glazed in a creamy mushroom gravy sauce over aromatic Success® Basmati Rice to absorb all of that flavor!

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, combine ground beef, pork, bread crumbs, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, allspice and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Roll mixture into 1-inch meatballs.

    Step 3

  • Heat oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Working in batches, cook meatballs for 5-8 minutes, or until evenly browned. Transfer to a plate.

    Step 4

  • Add mushrooms, thyme and remaining salt to skillet. Cook for 5-8 minutes, or until slightly browned. Sprinkle mushrooms with flour and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in broth and cream. Bring mixture to a boil.

    Step 5

  • Return meatballs to skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until sauce thickens slightly and meatballs are cooked through. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan and lemon juice.

    Step 6

  • Serve meatballs and sauce over rice. Garnish with chives and cracked black pepper.

    Recipe Tip

    To make this dish more traditional, serve the meatballs with a dollop of berry jam or cranberry sauce on the sauce, if desired.

Homemade Meatballs

Meatballs are an all-time family favorite, loved by everyone, young and old! This versatile kitchen staple is also easy to add to many different dishes. Make a large batch and save them in the fridge or freezer for quick meals when you’re short on time.

You can make these meatballs with beef, pork or veal, or with poultry, like turkey, chicken or a mix of both. In this recipe, a take on Swedish meatballs, we mix beef and pork. Then, we use a blend of savory seasonings like allspice and nutmeg for that signature flavor. Simply season the meat mixture, add minced garlic and bread crumbs for texture, then roll the meat into balls. Then, cook the meatballs for 5-8 minutes, until they’re perfectly browned on the outside but still juicy on the inside.

This dinner takes a little effort, since it’s made from scratch, but it’s completely worth every minute! Prepare your meals using quality ingredients, such as grass-fed meat and Success® Basmati Rice, and you’ll enjoy restaurant-style meals made at home.

If you love mushrooms but aren’t so keen on meat, check out our delicious vegetarian mushroom meatloaf.

For more delicious meatball recipes, try our traditional Grandmother’s Porcupine Meatballs or a flexitarian dish of Beef and Quinoa Meatballs.