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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
 
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
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January 6, 2015
Soups as sides

A hearty, chunky soup is fantastic in cold weather, but it can also be an incredible accompaniment to other dishes as a side, a topping, or a base. When preparing your favorite soup, try making the recipe with less water. This is called stock. You’ll end up with something that has a much thicker consistency but still has all of the great flavor of your soup. You’re free to explore and experiment with different combinations, but try a thickened apple and bean soup as a side for a grilled pork chop, or a thickened bean soup as a base for rib-eye. A lentil and pasta soup as a base for grilled sausages also goes great with a grilled halibut, and escarole and bean soup is a great base for grilled whole calamari. So when you have that left over pot of soup, remember you can always turn it into a delicious side dish.