For the Meatballs
3/4 lb. ground beef
1/4 lb. sausage (such as Jimmy Dean regular)
1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper
3 Tbsp shortening (Crisco, etc.) melted
1 onion, chopped
1 C soft bread crumbs
2 beaten eggs, and 1/2 C milk.
For the Sauce
Parsley, fresh or dried, 1 clove minced garlic
1/2 C Parmesan cheese
2 1/2 C tomato juice
2 6 oz. cans tomato paste
2 C water
1 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp. sugar, 1 bay leaf
1 carrot, grated fine, 1 diced onion
1 - 4 oz. can mushrooms, pieces and stems.
Mix ground beef and ingredients for meatballs and shape into balls. Roll them in flour.
Sauce: Combine sauce ingredients in Dutch oven or large pot, heat to simmer.
Place meatballs into simmering sauce.
Simmer 3 to 4 hours, stirring now and then.
Meatballs will be very soft at first.
Take care during the first hour to avoid breaking them apart.