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.



Country Onion Soup

Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 6-8

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 pounds yellow onions, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup tomato puree
6 cups vegetable or beef broth
7 ounces spaghettini or vermicelli
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large soup pot, saute the onions in the olive oil until they start to caramelize, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 more minute. Add the tomato puree and cook 2 minutes. Add the broth, stirring to incorporate. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, break the pasta into 1 inch pieces. Uncover the soup and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and add the pasta. Cook the pasta in the soup until al dente. Add more hot broth or some water, if necessary, to make the dish as soupy as ou would like.

Serve in warmed soup bowls. Garnish with grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

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