Wednesday, May 18, 2011

#Carrabba's asks: What's your pasta personality??

I love Italian food! I think I could eat pasta everyday! And one of my favorite places to eat out is Carrabba's Italian Grill. As a matter of fact my husband I usually go there for our anniversary! Yummy! Well, did you know that you have a pasta personality? I didn't!! Not until Social Moms and Carrabba's informed me. So being such an italian lover I wanted to know what my pasta personality was.

First I headed over to Carrabba's Facebook page, (like them if you haven't already...I already did because I always love to see what's new there) and click on and answer 5 simple questions. I found out my pasta personality is: Tag Pic Pac:

"Carrabba’s Tag Pic Pac is a classic with a tasty twist, perfect for someone who likes to put their own twist on things! You’re vivacious with zest for life. And since you like everything in life to be full-flavored, you wont be let down when you taste this tagliarini pasta with Picchi Pacchiu sauce". (And what's funny is I've never tried this one. Guess I need to make a special trip to try it out...LOL)

It's just that simple! Now that you know my pasta personality let's see if it matches with my favorite family pasta recipe. OK, let me start by saying I am not original. I like to find recipes and mix them together and make it work for my family. After all, I am feeding a 3 year old, a 2 year old and one picky husband. I wanted to recreate something that incorporated some of our favorite ingredients and I came up with my own version of a Southern Shrimp Scampi with pasta! So this is a mixture of recipes from our local newspaper and Emeril's shrimp scampi po boy recipe.

1 1/2 lbs of shrimp
1 teaspoon Emeril essence
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
cayenne (as much as you would like)
1/4 cup of white cooking wine
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon worcestshire sauce
parsley flakes
Basil flakes
angel hair pasta (or thinner)

First take your raw shrimp and boil it in water with bay leaves, paprika and garlic for about 5- 7 minutes (depends on size of shrimp). Remove shrimp from water, let cool, peel and then sit to the side. Then melt the butter and oil in a pan. Add in the garlic (I used minced), salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste. Stir and let simmer for a few minutes. Then add in the wine and bring to a boil. Let it reduce a little (depends on how much sauce you actually want, I don't let mine reduce too much). Add in shrimp, lemon juice, worsetershire sauce and stir. Then add in the parsley flakes and basil flakes. Add more seasoning depending on taste preferences- we like ours hot. 

Meanwhile, boil a pot of water with salt and olive oil for seasoning. Put in your angel hair pasta and cook according to directions. When finished, take some to the side, mix in some butter and a little garlic powder (perfect for the kids) Add pepperoni if the kids want some meat. Take the remaining pasta and toss with the shrimp scampi! YUMMY! Quick and easy meal that my husband loves. Serve with Pinot Grigio! =)

Now that you know my family recipe and where it came from I would love to hear yours. Afterall I do love pasta. Of course first we do need to know your pasta personality so head on over to Carrabba's, like them and take the Personality quiz (tab on left) and tell me what your personality is. It might even inspire you to visit your local Carrabb'as. If you do you might want to check out some of these great specials going on now. I can't wait to try a few of them out:

not a special- my favorite meal Chicken Bryan! YUM!!

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.

 Disclosure: “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.

1 comment:

  1. That sounds yummy!!! I dint know how you got that up soo fast! You are a speed blogger! You go girl!



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