** Carrots should be scraped and cut into 1-inch pieces. *** Celery should be cut into 1-inch pieces with strings removed. **** Potatoes should be pared and cut into 1-inch dice.
Prepare basic meatballs except -- cook in a Dutch oven. Drain off excess fat. Add the remaining ingredients and heat to boiling. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and serve.
NOTE: You can substitute 1 24-oz package of frozen stew vegetables for stew for the carrots, celery and potatoes.