Onion, small dice
garlic like 6 - 8 cloves, finely diced
ground meat of choice (4% beef or turkey breast for us)
petite diced tomatos in juice
fresh sliced mushrooms (sauteed prior to entering party)
oregano to taste (about 1 - 1/2 tsp dried)
basil a good heaping TBSP dried from the beginning or 1/4 cup fresh at the end
any other Italian herbs you want - marjoram, rosemary etc...
Simmer away for hours until reduced, thickened and delicioso.