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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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What is Minestra?
Minestra is the Italian word for a soup that has been made heartier by the addition of pasta or rice. ...
 
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
Lidia brings viewers on a road trip into the heart of Italian-American cooking.
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October 22, 2014
What is Minestra?

Minestra is the Italian word for a soup that has been made heartier by the addition of pasta or rice. When adding a starch to a soup, you may need to include additional water; this prevents the starch from absorbing too much of your broth. To save time, you can make the soup ahead of time and add the rice or pasta just before you serve it. If you add them too early you run the risk of overcooking them and losing their delicate and delicious texture.