I did about five months total on the AIP Diet, and there was a lot of really good food that crossed my plate during that time. But without a doubt, these Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs were the family favorite from all my experiments. My husband requested them weekly. My daughter happily ate her mini meatballs. And I loved that I was able to have an AIP-friendly dinner that felt normal.
It felt like good stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. Which can be hard to come by when you aren’t eating grains, dairy, or potatoes, but is exactly what you want to be eating this time of year. This dish is packed with so much flavor, and the Instant Pot makes it so fast and easy to make—it’s just an all-around winner-winner-meatball-dinner.
Speaking of the Instant Pot, let’s talk about this little magical appliance. I have to admit I was über skeptical about the ole IP. I saw everyone scooping them up for years and thought, “But, Mommmmmmm, I don’t need another kitchen appliance.” I have a slow cooker. I have a stove. What’s the point?
But, I ended up caving on my Instant Pot bias for one single dish: bone broth. My naturopath wants me consuming bone broth daily, and spending 24-36 hours making it on the stovetop just wasn’t working for my lifestyle (and I’m not about to shell out $192 a quart for pre-made stuff). The Instant Pot can make bone broth in just a few hours! And then once the Instant Pot had a spot in my kitchen, I quickly started to use it for all kinds of things: hard boiled eggs, roast chickens, baked sweet potatoes, soups, stews, applesauce, yogurt. I am officially, 100%, head-over-heels in love with my Instant Pot.
As far as models go, I have the Instant Pot DUO 6-quart. BUT, because I do so much bulk cooking, I wish I had gotten the 8-quart instead. The six-quart works fine, but more often than not, I’ve wished for just a little more room (especially when trying to wedge spaghetti squash halves in there).
My recipe tester Isabel has the DUO Plus 6-quart (which is what you see in these pics and in the video). It’s got a few more bells-and-whistles, but I wouldn’t say it’s worth more than $15-$20 more than the regular DUO—don’t pay more than that. You can do everything with the regular DUO that you can with the DUO Plus, it just requires a few more button pushes.
Don’t have an Instant Pot? Ain’t no thang. I’ve included oven/stovetop instructions in the recipe below, too. I got you.
My favorite AIP-friendly way to serve these Instant Pot Swedish meatballs is over a bed of mashed cauliflower. If I wasn’t off potatoes and dairy, I’d serve them over top of the world’s most buttery mashed potatoes. Preferably made with Yukon Golds that I grew in my own garden. I’m a total mashed potato snob.
This would also be amazing over a bed of egg noodles, zoodles, spaghetti squash, or even mixed roasted root veggies. The meatballs and gravy are so incredibly flavorful that the vehicle for delivery isn’t nearly as important. Enjoy!