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.
Carrabba's Pappardelle Campagnolo
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 links of spicy Italian Parmesan chicken sausage
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium jarred red bell pepper, 1/4 inch julienne
1/4 cup dry white wine
4 cups whole canned tomatoes with juice, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons freshly torn basil leaves
1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled1 lb pasta noodles, pappardelle recommended
Remove sausage from the casing and break into coarse pieces (about 5-6 pieces per link). Pour olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until the sausage has browned slightly. Add onion and red bell pepper and cook until soft and onion turns a rich golden color. Add the wine and let evaporate for 3 minutes. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Add the tomatoes and season lightly with salt and pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Raise heat and bring sauce to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and let simmer until the sauce has thickened. Stir in basil and set sauce aside.
Meanwhile bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large pot, add 1 tbsp salt and drop in the pasta all at once, stirring well. When the pasta is almost done, return the skillet with the sauce to a medium heat. When the pasta is al dente, drain it and toss it with the sauce, adding the grated cheese and tossing again. Place the pasta in a serving platter and top with the crumbled goat cheese.