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Carrabba Pasta Takes on Personality

One of my favorite comfort foods is pasta! One of my oldest’s favorite restaurants is Carrabbas. How can you go wrong with pasta? It works as a side, an entry and more!

Now Carrabbas makes pasta even more fun with their Pasta Personality Quiz on Facebook . I took the quiz and I’m Penne Franco. “You’re truly one of a kind, like Carrabba’s Penne Franco. You like to keep things fresh and exciting. So next time you want to try something new, choose our unique Penne Franco: penne with mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and ricotta salata”. Make no mistake, if I am what I eat, I truly would be Penne Franco. I love the textures and the diverse tastes the ingredients offer. Mmm…is your mouth watering yet? Though I have to admit that I’m more diverse than just one sauce with so many flavors. Sometimes I’m spicey, sometimes I’m subtle.

At my house, when it comes to making pasta, I have a signature pasta recipe that’s red sauce. It’s my go to because it works as a sauce, a dip and a topping. We typically eat it over meatloaf. My son, Jake, always asks if he comes to visit if I’ll make this for him.

I love how easy it is and it requires few ingredients. Sometimes, simplicity is the key to the finer things in life! Try this recipe and see if you don’t agree!

2 T olive oil
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup minced shallots
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can Italian seasoned, diced tomatoes
1/3 cup water
1 tsp chopped, fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Heat 2 T oil in med. saucepan over medium heat until hot. Cook carrot, celery, shallots and 1 tsp garlic, covered, 6-10 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and water; reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered 10 minutse. Stir in 1 tsp rosemary and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper, cook 5 minutes. Puree in blender or food processor, adding additional water if too thick.
Easy and delicious!
If you’ve never experienced Carrabbas you’re missing out on some amazing food! Right now is the perfect time to send your tastebuds to heaven with Carrabba’s limited time special offers. Check them out:
Carrabba’s Signature Pasta Meals and New Limited Time Offers
Signature Pasta Meals, featuring seven distinctive dishes served with choice of soup or fresh salad starting at $10. There’s no better place than Carrabba’s to enjoy a complete Italian meal – any day of the week. CARRABBA’S PASTA: Carrabba’s makes every pasta dish by hand with the freshest ingredients.  Pasta is cooked perfectly every time and signature sauces are made from scratch daily. Creative flavors and combinations of ingredients are part of Carrabba’s authentic family recipes as well as new creations.LIMITED TIME OFFERS: Now through July 2011.
Featured Signature Pasta Meal:
Pasto Rambo – Named for the chef who created it, it’s made with shrimp tossed with imported Italian linguine, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes sautéed in our basil lemon butter sauce. Lobster is available instead of shrimp for an additional cost.

Other Limited Time Offers:
Parmesan-crusted Chicken – Topped with fresh arugula and grape tomatoes tossed in a hand-prepared lemon vinaigrette, served with choice of side. Substitution of wood-grilled chicken also available. Pairs well with Estancia Pinot Grigio.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin – Three pork tenderloin medallions wrapped with prosciutto, wood-grilled and topped with an apple and fig infused port wine sauce, served with the vegetable of the day. Pairs well with Coppola Pinot Noir.

Limoncello Bread Pudding – Back by popular demand! Brioche bread pudding made with fresh Madagascar vanilla beans and a rich custard, served hot out of the oven. Topped with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream and drizzled with Carrabba’s homemade Caravella Limoncello liqueur sauce.

Now Introducing:
Peach sangria – Carrabba’s new light and fruity Peach Sangria blends Copper Ridge White Zinfandel, Absolut Apeach vodka and Patrón Citrónge with a splash of citrus. Topped with a fresh lemon wedge and strawberry, it’s a taste of the Amalfi Coast in spring.

Locations: Visit for the closest Carrabba’s location. There are more than 230 locations nationwide.

About Carrabba’s:
Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola founded the first Carrabba’s Italian Grill in 1986 in Houston, Texas. Today, there are 232 Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations around the country, run by passionate local proprietors focused on delighting guests with fresh, made-to-order Italian cuisine and the ultimate dining experience. Carrabba’s serves dinner seven nights a week in a casual environment that pairs innovative dishes and a complementary wine list with abundant hospitality. For on-the-go guests, Carrabba’s also offers convenient Carside Carry-Out. To learn more about Carrabba’s, please visit


“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Carrabba’s blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

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