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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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Brodetto with Lobster and Corn
This beautiful brodetto is brimful of colors, t...
 
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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 Upcoming Tour Schedule
I am so excited to be on a book tour this fall for my upcoming book Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine which will...
 
Sailing the Adriatic
Each summer, Lidia joins a small group of friends for a sailing trip and a week of swimming, relaxation and of course delicious...
 
Milano Expo 2015
Lidia will be back at the Milano Expo for women’s week. The theme of this expo has been “Feeding the Planet, Energy...
 
Lidia on Fox 5 Segment
Lidia will be appearing on New York's Fox TV affiliate, WNYW LIVE, on the 5:00pmET show on December 12th...
 
In and Around Emilia-Romagna Region and It's Wonderful Vinegar
One of my favorite sauces and glazes to use, especially during the holidays is...
 
Eat a Red Apple Day
After we recuperate from enjoying that wonderful Thanksgiving meal with our family...
 
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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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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.