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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Minestrone Soup



MINESTRONE SOUP 
Carino's Copycat Recipe

Serves 8


1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup celery leaves, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil
1 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chopped celery
1 (28 oz.) can tomatoes with liquid
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 cups beef stock or broth
1 cup red wine
1 zucchini, sliced
1 1/2 cup chopped cabbage
1 (14-16 oz.) can white beans or pinto or kidney beans
1 cup elbow macaroni
water or V-8 juice
pepper
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon oregano

Saute onion, garlic and celery leaves in olive oil until onions are clear, 5 to 10 minutes. Add chopped carrots, celery, tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef stock, wine, bay leaves, oregano and pepper. Simmer until carrots are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add zucchini and cabbage and simmer until they are tender. You may need to add 1 to 2 cups more water or V-8 juice to get desired consistency. Add beans and macaroni and cook until tender. Serve with Parmesan cheese. You can vary this recipe with other beans, vegetables or rice.


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