Carino's Italian is a United States-based chain of Italian food casual dining restaurants. It has more than 170 restaurants with branches in about 30 states. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the concept is owned by Fired Up, Inc., which was founded in 1997 by partners and former Brinker International executives Norman Abdallah and Creed Ford. Prior to 2006, restaurants were called Johnny Carino's Country Italian, Johnny Carino's Italian then changed to Carino's Italian Grill.

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Bread Soup


Carino's Bread Soup
Copycat Recipe

Serves 6

6 cloves garlic 
1 large onion, peeled,cut in half,thinly sliced 
1/4 cup olive oil 
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper 
1 (1 3/4 lb) can plum tomatoes 
1 lb stale bread, sliced,torn into small pieces 
6 cups broth, of your choosing 
1 cup packed basil, shredded 
grated Parmesan cheese 
extra virgin olive oil 
 
Saute the garlic and onion in olive oil with the chili pepper until the garlic has lightly browned and the onion is just getting golden; add the tomato; season with salt; add half the basil leaves torn into tiny pieces; crush the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon and stir; cook until the tomatoes fall apart (about 20 minutes).  Put the bread into the sauce; the bread will soak up the sauce and it will get quite thick; add enough stock to soften the bread and to make it soft; add the remaining basil and cook until the bread becomes a kind of mush. Serve, sprinkling with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over each serving.

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