heat oil in a large stock pot for 30 seconds. Add onion and sauté for three minutes. Add 1 tablespoon basil, garlic, and oregano. Sauté for one minute
Add tomatoes, water, sugar, and salt. Bring sauce to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and add sausage and meatballs.
Simmer for 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing sticks to the pot. Remove meats to a platter. Stir in remaining basil. Taste and add salt if needed. Serve over pasta, adding meats and topping with Parmesan if desired. Serves eight