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.

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Minestrone Soup


Carrabba's Minestrone Soup
Copycat Recipe

Serves 10-12

1 ounce butter
1 gallon chicken stock
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bay leaf 1/2 lb carrot (1/2-inch cubes)
1/4 lb tomato (1/2-inch cubes)
1/4 lb celery (1/2-inch cubes)
1 -2 ounce prosciutto ham
1/4 lb onion (1/2-inch cubes)
2 ounces Romano cheese, rind
1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
1 lb potato, peeled (1/2-inch cubes)
1/4 lb fresh green beans (1-inch long)
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans
1 lb savoy cabbage, cored (2-inch squares)
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans
1/4 lb zucchini (1/2-inch cubes)
1 (15 oz) can cannelloni beans
1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
2 ounces Romano cheese, grated
1 teaspoon basil, chopped
 salt & freshly ground black pepper


Heat butter and oil and saute celery, onion, carrots and garlic and cook until soft. Add green beans, cabbage, zucchini, parsley and basil and cook until soft. Add chicken stock, bay leaf, tomatoes, prosciutto, Romano rind and potatoes. Allow soup to boil and immediately reduce to simmer. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Add canned beans with their juices and simmer 5 minutes more. Remove Romano rind and prosciutto. Add grated Romano cheese, stirring constantly.

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