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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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Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe
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Lidia's: In the Kitchen - Keeping Fish Fresh

 
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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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Texas Book Festival 2014
I will be traveling to Austin for the annual book festival which will take place October 25th through October 26th. This is a...
 
Lidia's Kansas City Restaurant- Sweet 16
So excited and proud as I travel to Kansas City to celebrate our restaurant's 16th birthday and for" the “Boys Grow...
 
Eataly- Chicago
I will be hosting a four-course dinner at Baffo on October 14th as part of the Identita’ Golose Celebration. I will also be...
 
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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.