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.



Broccoli with Red Peppers

Carrabba's Italian Grill Restaurant Recipe

1 head broccoli, cut into florets, stems peeled and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 small red bell pepper, cored and cut into 2 x 1/4 inch strips
1 garlic clove, minced
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add salt to taste. Add the broccoli and cook until tender crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir in the garlic and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Add the broccoli and cook, stirring occasionally, just until heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.  Makes 6 servings.

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