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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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Rice and Butternut Squash
In autumn, Lombardy abounds in zucca-what we ca...
 
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Lidia's: In the Kitchen - Butterflying a Chicken

 
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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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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
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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.