Copycat Johnny Carino’s Italian Chili

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Copycat Johnny Carino's Italian Chili

I know a whole bunch of people who are going to be REALLY excited to see this recipe show up on my blog today. This might as well be a bowl of liquid gold right here! The Italian restaurant I worked at for 10 years serves an Italian chili that’s out of this world. It was my favorite soup at the restaurant, along with a whole lot of others’ favorites. Including my mom and sisters! I was so thrilled when I found a copycat version of this recipe and was able to make it at home. I made some modifications to make it taste the way I remember it. And it sure is tasty!

Copycat Johnny Carino's Italian Chili

This isn’t your typical chili. It’s packed full of Italian sausage and other classic Italian flavors. Not to mention the Parmesan cheese loaded on top. You have to pile that stuff high for the ultimate chili bowl. Yummy!

Copycat Johnny Carino’s Italian Chili

Yield: 6-8 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: about 275

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 c. tomato juice
  • 1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1 can navy beans
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, grated (garnish)

Instructions

  1. Place Italian sausage, chopped pepper, and chopped onions in a large saute pan. Brown the sausage till cooked; drain the fat.
  2. In a large pot, add tomato juice, tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic, navy beans, oregano, and basil. Add sausage mixture and stir together. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve in 1-cup measurements. Add Parmesan cheese to garnish. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from carinosathome.blogspot.com

http://www.cupcakediariesblog.com/2016/02/copycat-johnny-carinos-italian-chili.html

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