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.



Italian Wedding Soup

Carrabba's Copycat Recipe

5 1/2 cups chicken stock
10 ounces spinach
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon butter

1 lb ground turkey
1 teaspoons pepper
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Saute Vegetables: Chop celery, onion, carrots. In a large sauce pan, saute vegetables with one tablespoon garlic, minced and one tablespoon butter.

Soup: When vegetables are complete add 5 1/2 cups of chicken stock. Boil soup for about 15 minutes then reduce to simmer.

Meatballs:  Now you have to make the meat balls for the soup. In a medium bowl mix together one pound ground turkey and two Eggs. (You can use ground beef, but I do prefer to use ground turkey. It tastes the same and is healthier.)

Once egg is mixed in completely, add half cup Italian bread crumbs, half cup parmesan cheese, and 1 tablespoon pepper. Mix completely and then shape mixture into tiny meatballs.
Once meatballs are shaped. In a medium frying pan, saute until outside of meatballs are cooked. Leave inside slightly uncooked. Then add to soup. Boil soup for about 15 minutes, and then simmer for an hour. Serve with Italian bread.


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