Lidia Bastianich keeps it simple in her new cookbook. Here are three recipes to try.

Nov 09, 2021 373


Cookbook author, TV host and celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich is one of the most famous Italian cooks in the U.S. She’s also a successful restaurateur, with eight restaurants specializing in Italian and Italian-American cuisine. Yet when she prepares meals for her own family at home, she’s like the rest of us: She likes to keep it simple, with straightforward, no-fuss recipes that don’t require impeccable technique or fancy ingredients.

Take cannellini beans, for instance. Found in every classic minestrone and many Italian salads, the white kidney-shaped legume can also add an inexpensive punch of protein to a plate of greens or make a fish dish more substantial.

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