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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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The Importance of Tomato Paste
Tomato paste is a kitchen staple. I like to use it in soup bases to introduce the sweetness and tomato...
 
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Lidia in Chicago
Lidia will be in Chicago this week visiting her Public Television friends at WTTW, conducting a class at Eataly Chicgao " and...
 
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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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December 30, 2014
The Importance of Tomato Paste

Tomato paste is a kitchen staple. I like to use it in soup bases to introduce the sweetness and tomato flavor to the soup in a convenient way. I drop the tomato paste directly onto the pan bottom (in what I call a hot spot) and cook it for a minute before stirring it with other ingredients. The brief toasting, or caramelizing, deepens the flavors. It's a technique I use whenever I add tomato paste to anything.