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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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Asparagus, Green Pea, and Scallion Sauce
Here's a fitting sauce for springtime, full of ...
 
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Lidias Common Sense Cooking: Finding Fresh Eggs

 
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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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Appearance on Dr.Oz
Lidia will be appearing on Dr. Oz Monday March 23th cooking and giving tips on cooking healthy food. Be sure to check your...
 
Celebrate Spring with Lidia
Lidia is celebrating spring with her new book and is having a book signing dinner at Lidia’s Kansas City and Lidia’s...
 
Lidia on the Better Show
Lidia be appearing on the Better Show on March 12th preparing dishes from Egg-Citing Farm Adventure. Be sure to check your local...
 
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Food Books and Dvds Tableware

Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
Lidia brings viewers on a road trip into the heart of Italian-American cooking.
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LIDIA'S
Enjoy Lidia's pastas and sauces!
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Lidia's Stoneware Collection

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October 22, 2015
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.