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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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Meatballs in Broth
In Umbria, small meatballs are often served sim...
 
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Adding some flavor to your minestra
Adding flavor to any minestra or soup is simple and easy. One sure way is to drizzle some of the best ...
 
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Lidia Talks Pasta at Eataly
Lidia is hosting a sold out class at Eataly" on Tuesday January 13th"  from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Participants will learn about...
 
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...
 
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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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January 29, 2015
Adding some flavor to your minestra

Adding flavor to any minestra or soup is simple and easy. One sure way is to drizzle some of the best extra-virgin olive oil you have over a bowl of minestra just before serving it, or place a cruet of it on the table and let people help themselves. Freshly grated cheese always delivers extra flavor or pass a nice chunk of Grana Padano or Pecorino-Romano cheese with a small grater around the table for people to grate their own. I do both and add some freshly ground pepper as well for extra spice. A plateful of grilled country bread brushed with garlic and olive oil is always a great companion to soup.