While I love the idea of cooking from scratch, sometimes it's just not practical and it's really more about having friends over and enjoying their company than trying to impress them with something that I really think can be just as good from a jar.
ITALIAN SAUSAGE SPAGHETTI SAUCE
1 lb. Italian sausage (mild or hot, depending on your taste)
1/2 lb. ground beef
2 cloves minced garlic.
Drain off any grease.
Prego (or whatever kind you like) spaghetti sauce
1 tsp. basil (adjust to your liking)
1 tsp. Rosemary (adjust to your liking)
1 tsp. oregano (adjust to your liking)
2 Tbsp. sugar (try just 1 T and see if it needs more. Trust me, it needs it)
Place the sauce in a crock pot and leave it on high until it almost simmers and then turn it down and let it cook for a couple of hours.
SPAGHETTI SAUCE AND MEATBALLS
Prego spaghetti sauce
basil (adjust to your liking)
rosemary (adjust to your liking)
oregano (adjust to your liking)
sugar (adjust to your liking)
Place your sauce in the crock pot, add the spices and then add your meatballs. I buy the frozen meatballs for convenience.
Bring to almost a simmer and then turn down and let it cook for a couple of hours until your guests arrive.
Serve with grated Parmesan & Romano cheese and garlic bread.