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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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Roasted Duck with Lemons
This crispy-skinned duck is delicious but defin...
 
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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’s been made heartier by the addition of either pasta or...
 
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Appearance on Un Mondo Da Amare
Lidia will be appearing on Un Mondo Da Amare" tonight at" 8:00pm on Rai 1. It will be a spectacular evening filled with great...
 
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 with a display of...
 
Lidia on The Talk
Lidia will be appearing on The Talk today December 8th preparing a hearty meal that is perfect for the holidays. Be sure to check...
 
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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
Enjoy Lidia's pastas and sauces!
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Lidia's Stoneware Collection

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October 25, 2014
What is minestra?

Minestra is the Italian word for a soup that’s been made heartier by the addition of either pasta or rice. Keep in mind that when adding a starch to a soup you may need to include additional water, or the starch will absorb a good amount of your broth. You may make the soup ahead of time but don’t add in the rice or pasta until just before you serve it; otherwise the rice or pasta will overcook and become mush.