4 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
1 Large onion, diced
2 Tablespoons fresh basil chopped & divided
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped or 4 tsp. dried oregano
3 28 oz. cans plum tomatoes
3 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
3 1/2 cups water
6 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 lb sweet Italian sausage links
1 lb uncooked meatballs
1. Heat oil in a large stockpot for 30 seconds. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes, Add 1 Tbl. basil, garlic, and oregano. Saute for 1 minute.
2. Add tomatoes, water, sugar and salt. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and add sausage and meatballs if desired.
3. Simmer for 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing sticks to the pot. Remove the meats to a platter. Stir in remaining basil. Taste and add salt if needed.
4. Serve over pasta, adding meats and topping with Parmesan cheese, if desired.