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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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Toasted Bread in Savory Spinach Sauce
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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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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...
 
Lidia heading to Napa Valley
Lidia visits Napa Valley to enjoy the annual Festival del Sole and a tribute to Sophia Loren at Far...
 
Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2014 !
Lidia returns to the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery this weekend." This international conference on food, attended by...
 
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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
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Lidia's Stoneware Collection

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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.