Okay, so I love Carrabbas. I have some favorites that I order every time I go. I am sure there are so many other fabulous dishes at Carrabbas, but I always order Sicilian Chicken Soup and Chicken Marsala. Whenever I hear of someone going to Carrabba's, I tell them, "When they ask if you want soup or salad, you say-Soup! Get their Sicilian Chicken soup. It is delicious!" Well, recently I found a recipe for this soup online. I was skeptical about how similar it would be. Amazingly, this recipe tastes almost just like the original. I have adapted it slightly and changed the directions a bit to facilitate the canning process. This recipe will fill 14 quart sized jars.
5 celery ribs
4 medium carrots, peeled (or 25-30 baby carrots)
1 large yellow onion
2 medium potatoes, peeled
1 large green bell pepper
1(14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley (or dried)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 large Costco-sized rotissere chicken (or two small chickens), cooked, deboned and cut into chunks
Small tube pasta (we use Barilla Ditalini) -add when ready to serve
Using a food processer, shred/blend all vegetables. (Be careful when chopping potatoes in processor not to blend too much--the starch in the potatoes can turn it into potato paste.) Add seasonings. Stir until evenly combined. Spoon mixture into jars. Next, evenly add chicken peices to each jar. Finally, add chicken broth to jars until full, leaving 1 inch headspace at top. Process at 15 pounds pressure for 75 minutes. When you are ready to serve the soup, pour the contents of jar into pot and bring to a boil. Add approximately one cup of pasta for each quart of soup. Boil according to directions on pasta packaging. Grate fresh parmigian cheese over the top and enjoy.