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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Saint Joseph's Day Soup

Saint Joseph's Day Soup

Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 6-8

1/2 pound dried fava beans, shelled
1/2 cup dried mushrooms
1/2 cup dried beans (kidney, cranberry or barlotti)
1/2 cup dried chick peas
1/2 cup dried lentils
1 medium yellow onion, sliced medium
2 celery ribs, chopped medium
1 large head escarole, chopped medium
2 sun dried tomatoes, cut into small peices
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, toasted and lightly crushed
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh fennel fronds
1 tablespoon dill weed, finely chopped
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

To Prepare:  Soak the fava beans, chestnuts, dried beans, and chickpeas, overnight in a pot of cold water. Drain and place in a large stockpot with 10 cups of water.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour. Add the split peas, lentils, onion, celery, escarole, tomatoes, fennel seeds, fennel, and dill weed. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer another 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are tender. Add more water if needed to thin to a soup consistency.

To Serve:  Turn off heat, taste and re-season, if needed. Add olive oil.


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