Friday, August 31, 2012

Tag Pic Pac Pasta...Just Like Carrabba's Italian Grill Recipe!!

I LOVE Italian food and the best Italian place to eat in my opinion is Carrabba's!!  I especially like their Tagliarini with Picchi Pacchiu Sauce, otherwise known as "Tag Pic Pac"!  

With a name like that, it has to be good!  I was so curious about the name, I did some research to figure out where it came from.  In Sicily, picchi pacchiu is what cooks make for a quick tomato sauce when minimal cooking is necessary.  

So on to the important stuff...the recipe for "Tag Pic Pac"! :)

INGREDIENTS:  
Picchi Pacchiu Sauce
    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil (Colivita recommended)
    4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    1 can (28 ounce) whole roma tomatoes in juice
    1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pasta
    1 pound fresh tagliarini or fettuccini


DIRECTIONS:

  1. To make the sauce, heat the oil and garlic together in a small skillet over medium-low heat just enough so the garlic is soften and fragrant and the oil is very warm (about 5 minutes).  Remove from heat and let stand to infuse the oil, about 30 minutes.
  2. Pour the tomatoes and their juices into a bowl.  Squeeze the tomatoes through your fingers until they are coarsely crushed.  Stir in the garlic in its oil and the chopped basil.  Season with Kosher salt and pepper.  Let stand for 1 - 2 hours for the flavors to marry.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat.  Add salt to taste.  Add the tagliarini and stir well to separate the strands.  Cook according to the manufacturer's directions until al dente.  Drain well.
  4. Return the tagliarini to it's cooking pot.  Add the sauce and mix well.  Cover and let stand for 1 minute.  Divide among 4 serving bowls and serve hot.




18 comments:

  1. This is just like the one on the Carabba's website. I love it too.

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    1. @ Camille - Yes it is awesome! We eat it at least once a once or twice a month!! =)

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    1. @ Kymberly - I usually try to find Cento, I like them the best. Wal-Mart typically carries Cento. But if you can't find those, I would buy Hunts. Hope this helps!

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  3. This is SO good! I've been using your recipe for almost two years now. I worked at Carrabbas for 6 years and this was always my favorite thing on the menu. I found some tagliarini at Big Lots years ago. I should have bought it! I like to use the Spaghetti Rigati by Barilla because it has grooves that pick up all of those great flavors.

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  5. Have u used fresh tomatoes instead of canned ones?

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  6. This works great with Spaghetti squash too!!

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  7. tag pic pac was taken off the menu at Carrabbas??

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  8. My sauce is always too soupy. What do you suggest?

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  9. We, too, loved the Tag Pic Pac but it has now been changed at Carrabba's to Linguine Positano and they have told us they will no longer be making Tagliarini for any of their dishes. It is not nearly as good now.

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    1. yah, and its not the same :( they told me to just order it with fettuccine noodles

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    2. I had the same experience and I completelt agree with you. The fettucine is not nearly as good. I pick up tagliarini whenever i see it anywhere....

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  10. They are now calling this INGUINE POSITANO, adding chicken to it..

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  11. Just tried your recipe tonight. It was really great. Though next time I will read a little carefully and let the sauce marinate. We are having it again tommorow for dinner. Next time will add chicken. Tastes just like Carrabas. Thank you.

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  12. I worked at Carrabba's for 5 years and this was my favorite too. Yes LIMEY! Freezing it doesn't take away from the quality, especially if you have a food saver. If not, heavy duty zip lock and reheat in pot of hot water.

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