IKEA's Graddsas Cream Sauce for Meatballs & Pasta Recipe (added lower cal version)

We visited IKEA last weekend and were fortunate enough to go when they were having $1 Meatballs with mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce. Wow what a treat! And for only $1 a person...What a steal! Too bad we spent way too much on other things :) The cream sauce was divine and I purchased a small package of it. After making it I wanted more and did not want to drive back - an hour away- just to get more cream sauce. I served the sauce on homemade pasta which was made in my new pasta maker. It is the coolest thing ever!

Graddsas Sauce (Similar Cream Sauce Recipe)


2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup cream
1 cup beef broth or stock (I used beef bullion)
1 tsp soy sauce
Pinch Salt and pepper, to taste
Paprika (about 5 shakes of the container, optional)


Heat Butter in small sauce pan. Add flour and cook stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup beef broth or stock, 1 tsp soy sauce, and 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, salt and pepper. Heat until slightly thickened. Serve over pasta, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes.


(Lower Calorie) German Cream Sauce

* I recommend doubling the recipe, so you will have extra to make an additional meal the next day - cook once, serve twice!


3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
½ cup half and half or evaporated milk
1 cup beef broth (1 tbsp bullion paste to 1 cup water)
1 tsp soy sauce
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper (or 10 twists fresh pepper)
½ tsp paprika
3 Tbsp cold water mixed with 1 Tbsp cornstarch


 * For thicker gravy add 1 ½ - 2 Tbsp cornstarch.

* For richer gravy add ½ - 1 cup of sour cream.
Heat butter on medium heat in a small sauce pan; add whisk in flour and stir for 1-2 minutes. Add 1 cup of beef broth, 1 tsp soy sauce, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper, and ½ tsp paprika; bring to a low simmer and continue whisking until mixture thickens a little (about 5 minutes). Add half and half or evaporated milk and corn starch mixture. Simmer until gravy thickens (about 2 – 3 minutes). Serve sauce over meatballs with mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce. 

Fresh Pasta in a Mixer or Food Processor


2 Cups Flour
3 eggs
1 tsp
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp water


Mix Flour and eggs together. Add salt and mix again. Add oil and water. If dough is too sticky add a little flour. Scrape out of the bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface. Add flour if necessary. Knead for a few minutes (2-3). Let rest 20 minutes before putting through the pasta maker. Cut dough into 4 sections and put each section through your pasta maker. If you do not have a pasta maker, roll the dough out and cut into small pieces with a pizza cutter. You can also wrap the dough in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for later use.


  1. When you made the cream sauce from the packet, what cream did you use?

  2. It has been so long I can't even remember. I'm sorry. It should be on the packet. I wasn't super healthy back then so prob heavy cream or something like that.

  3. IKEA's GRÄDDSÅS sauce is vegetarian, so beef stock is definitely not a correct ingredient.

    1. Thanks for the input. The gravy was meant to go over meat, so it doesn't really matter :)


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