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.

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Pasta With Pesto


Pasta With Pesto

Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 4-6

1 cup basil leaves
6 large cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup balanced almonds, roughly chopped
6 very ripe, Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped medium
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound imported Italian dried linguine, or spaghetti

To Prepare: In a food processor,blend together the basil and the garlic, then add the almonds and blend to a rough chop. Add the tomatoes and olive oil and puree. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then blend again.

Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil. Add 3 tablespoons kosher salt. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta, saving some of the water to thin the pesto sauce. Mix enough of the water with the pesto sauce to get the desired consistency.

To Serve: Spread about 1/2 of the presto sauce on the bottom of a warm serving platter, and transfer the pasta on top, then pour the remaining pesto on the pasta and toss, then serve immediately.

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