Carrabba's Italian Grill was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas in 1986. The restaurant features hand-prepared family recipes made from the finest ingredients and prepared to order in an exhibition kitchen. The success of Carrabba's led to the popular PBS cooking show Cucina!, starring Carrabba and Mandola, as well as a series of companion cookbooks. There are currently 240 Carrabba's Italian Grill locations around the country.
Offering Italian-inspired cuisine passed down from our founders’ family recipes, Carrabba’s uses only the best ingredients to prepare fresh and handmade dishes cooked to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, customers can enjoy signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Spiedino di Mare and a fresh twist on an Italian Classic, Wood-grilled Chicken Marsala. Carrabba’s was voted #1 Italian in the 2014 Consumer Picks Survey by Nation’s Restaurant News.
8 -12 ounces cavatappi pasta
1 1/2 cups onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup olive oil 3/4 cup dry white wine
2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
pancetta (cured Italian bacon) (optional)
Cook cavatappi according to package directions; drain. Saute onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes in olive oil over medium heat till onions are soft and translucent. Add white wine and cook till nearly evaporated. Stir in tomatoes with their juice till slightly thickened for about 3-5 minutes. Taste, and add salt and pepper as desired. Mix into cooked cavatappi. Toss with cheese. Add cooked pancetta if desired.
If you cannot find cavatappi pasta in the supermarket you can substitute elbow macaroni for this dish.