Add fire-roasted tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, crushed red pepper and ½ teaspoon of the salt. Stir well and bring to a low but steady simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Taste and add more salt if needed. Add the chopped fresh basil, if desired. Serve and enjoy!
See Café Tips above for more detailed instructions and tips.
Makes 7 cups of marinara sauce, 14 ½-cup servings.