Carino's Italian is a United States-based chain of Italian food casual dining restaurants. It has more than 170 restaurants with branches in about 30 states. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the concept is owned by Fired Up, Inc., which was founded in 1997 by partners and former Brinker International executives Norman Abdallah and Creed Ford. Prior to 2006, restaurants were called Johnny Carino's Country Italian, Johnny Carino's Italian then changed to Carino's Italian Grill.

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Meat Sauce

MEAT SAUCE
Carino's Italian Recipe

2 tablespoons olive oil  
1 1/2 lbs ground beef    
1 lb ground sausage    
1 cup yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced    
1/2 cup carrots, diced    
2 teaspoon black pepper    
2 teaspoons salt    
1 teaspoon oregano    
1 teaspoon basil    
1 tablespoon garlic, fresh chopped    
1 teaspoon fennel seed ground  
2 quarts (64 oz.) tomato sauce    
1 cup water    
2 teaspoons sugar    
1 (14 oz.) can beef broth    

In a large, heated stock pot add the olive oil, ground beef and sausage.  Brown ground beef slightly. Into the heated pot add the onions, celery, carrots, black pepper, salt, oregano, basil, garlic and fennel.  Saute until meat is thoroughly cooked and all vegetables are soft. Mix the water, sugar and beef broth in a separate container.  Add this mixture and the tomato sauce to the pot.  Bring the sauce to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.

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