Dinner’s Ready: Brittany Handley’s G-Pa’s Swedish Meatballs

AOP Dinner food Feb 23

“One of our favorite family meals to cook is Swedish Meatballs with pasta,” shares Brittany Handley of Auburn, AL.

“It is a family recipe passed down by my husband’s late father. We have tweaked it here and there, but it will always be ‘G-Pa’s Swedish Meatballs.’

Brittany and her husband Cris have been married for 15 years and have a five-year-old son, Bowen. She is a counselor at Auburn City Schools and has been in education for 16 years.
“Our family loves to cook, travel, exercise, and go on family bike rides and adventures,” she shares. “My husband does most of the cooking in our home, but I love to make casseroles and appetizers.”

The family’s love for food extends past cooking and entertaining. They also have three dachshunds named Biscuit, Grits, and Waffle, and playfully refer to their furry family members as ‘The Breakfast Club’.

“My husband and I work out together a lot,” Brittany said. “Bowen usually tries to tag along with us, but it’s more of him trying to copy us than anything. But we do love our family bike rides!”

The family enjoys being outside and traveling anywhere warm. Their most memorable trip so far would be a tie between visiting Mexico or Hawaii.

“We have plans to go on a Disney cruise and to Orange Beach, AL several times this year,” she says.

While the family loves to eat at home, they also frequent local eateries. Their favorites include Hamilton’s in Magnolia, Little Italy Pizzeria, and the Draft House.

“Bowen knows all of the waiters at these restaurants, and they all recognize him when we come in,” said Brittany. “In fact, he has become a little master pizza maker at Little Italy, thanks to his buddy Mark that works there. He also says Ms. Jackie is his favorite waitress at Hamilton’s on Magnolia.”

When it comes to eating, Bowen is a pretty picky eater. However, the family hopes he will one day love his ‘G-Pa’s Swedish Meatballs’ as much as everyone else does.

G-Pa’s Swedish Meatballs

yields 4 servings


  • 1lb. ground beef
  • ½ c. seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ½ onion, finely minced
  • 1 egg
  • ½ TBSP salt
  • ½ TBSP pepper
  • 2 TBSP canola oil
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 TBSP Worchester sauce
  • 4 c. egg noodles
  • 1 c. shredded parmesan cheese
  • ½ c. fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ TBSP salt for sauce
  • ½ TBSP pepper for sauce


  • In a large bowl combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, egg, salt and pepper, mixing until evenly combined.
  • Heat the canola oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Roll meatball mixture into golf-ball size. Place the meatballs into the pot, cooking for one minute. Flip the meatballs.
  • Add the beef broth, milk, salt, pepper, and Worchester sauce and give it a stir.
  • Bring the liquid to a boil, then add egg noodles. Stir constantly until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has reduced to a sauce that coats the noodles (about 7-8 minutes).
  • Add the parmesan and parsley, stirring the cheese until melted. Enjoy!
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Dinner’s Ready: Brittany Handley’s G-Pa’s Swedish Meatballs

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