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.



Sausage Penne Pomodoro

Carrabba's Copycat Recipe

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup fennel, chopped
1-1/2 lbs Italian sausage, crumbled
1/2 cup water
6 cups tomato sauce
1 lb. penne pasta
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1/4 cup ricotta cheese

Heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute onions and fennel for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Stir frequently. Add sausage to the pan and brown.  Once the sausage has browned add the water and tomato sauce, increase heat and bring sauce to a boil stirring frequently. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Drop penne in boiling salted water and cook until al dente. Drain pasta in colander.  Add pasta in with sauce and toss to coat.  Add Romano cheese, toss with the pasta until melted.  Transfer pasta to serving dish or individually plate and serve with a dollop of ricotta on top.

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