So I took the Carrabba’s Pasta Personality Quiz on Facebook and found that I am “spaghetti!” If you now how much I LOVE spaghetti you would know that those results fit me to a tee! Italian food is my favorite type of cuisine other than Mexican {sticking to my heritage of course}. Thus, according to the results, being “spaghetti” means:

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You’re genuine and well loved, like Carrabba’s Spaghetti and Meatballs. Your warm and comforting personality makes you everybody’s best friend. So go for our equally popular hand-prepared meatballs over perfectly cooked imported spaghetti.

Yay me! I am always genuine {quite possibly too much at times} and, well, I guess I am well loved. =) And, yes, I do try to be everyone’s friend {although I still fail} simply because I believe in the Golden Rule and want my children to learn to like everyone for who they are as well.

You should try the Carrabba’s Pasta Personality Quiz on Facebook too and come back and share the results in the comments below! I would love to hear your results!

Argh… all this talk about pasta has me wanting some right now! How about I share my favorite pasta recipe {other than our plain ol’ spaghetti with meat sauce which is a weekly dish} and you can share yours below as well! I would love to try new pasta dishes! Pasta is one thing that all 7 of us can agree on and love to eat {yes, even despite the carbs}! On to the recipe {which is actually SuperDad’s signature dish:

Three Cheese Chicken Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups {penne or other preferred} pasta, uncooked
  • 1 pkg. fresh spinach leaves {ssshhhh… don’t tell our kids that is what the green stuff is}
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 oz. Cream Cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Cook pasta as directed and add spinach to the boiling water the last minute.
  3. Cook and stir chicken in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 3 minutes. Stir in spaghetti sauce and tomatoes; bring to boil. Simmer on low heat for 3 minutes or until chicken is done. Stir in cream cheese.
  4. Drain the pasta mixture and return to pan. Stir in chicken mixture and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole or 8-inch square baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and then top with remaining cheeses. Bake until mozzarella is melted.
  6. Serve!

Our kids eat this pasta dish up without complaint! SuperDad and I found it as we were searching for new Italian dishes to share with my family as we were hosting Christmas dinner at our house one year. It was a hit and not a piece of pasta was left at the end of the meal. It is not some long, lost family legacy I recently discovered, just a great dish we found online, tried and enjoyed! I hope your family enjoys it as well!

I believe Carrabba’s Tiramisú would be an excellent finish to the dish! Carrabba’s takes pride in their made from scratch past a dishes and excellent customer service. Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola founded the first Carrabba’s Italian Grill in 1986 in Houston, Texas, and today, there are 232 Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations around the country. Their signature dishes have been passed down from generation to generation and we get to enjoy them just by visiting a local restaurant! Check out some of their Signature Pasta Meals and New Limited Time Offers below:

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.

Wow… my mouth is watering after all that! I can’t wait until our next opportunity to eat out arises and I get to pick the restaurant {we may be talking our next date night because it’s easier to persuade SuperDad than it is all 5 kids}.In the meantime, make sure to check out Carrabba’s on Facebook and take the Carrabba’s Pasta Personality quiz while you are there. You can even follow Carrabba’s on Twitter!

**Disclaimer: 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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