8 of Lidia Bastianich's Favorite Italian Recipes

8 of Lidia Bastianich's Favorite Italian Recipes
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8 of Lidia Bastianich's Favorite Italian Recipes

Read on for 8 of celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich's favorite recipes!

Lentil Country Salad

Lidia loves that this simple salad can be served warm or cold, and especially loves it during the summer when grilling or at a picnic.

Get the Recipe: Lentil Country Salad

Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Lidia says that although the bitter and unfamiliar broccoli rabe might not have been an American favorite a few decades ago, it certainly a favorite now—and broccoli and sausage are a match made in heaven.

Get the Recipe: Ziti with Broccoli and Sausage

Octopus and Potato Salad

Lidia livens up her potato salad by adding octopus! It's an ingredient that's always been popular in her house, even with the kids. She also notes that this recipe can be made in advance.

Get the Recipe: Octopus and Potato Salad

Bread and Tomato Salad

This classic Italian salad is very easy to make. Lidia notes that while country bread is recommended, you can use rustic whole grain or whole wheat as a great substitute.

Get the Recipe: Bread and Tomato Salad

Pear Crumble

This version of Lidia's crumble makes for a delicious dessert all year round. You can use any seasonal fruit throughout the year.

Get the Recipe: Pear Crumble

Chocolate Bread Parfait

This is a great way to recycle leftover bread, and according to Lidia, it's a recipe that's best served immediately while the melted chocolate is still warm.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Bread Parfait

Fettuccine with a Clam and Leek Sauce

This seafood pasta is great for those who have a hard time digesting garlic, according to Lidia. The cloves can be removed after cooking—just don't forget to add them for flavor!

Get the Recipe: Fettuccine with a Clam and Leek Sauce

Shrimp Buzara Style

This shrimp dish calls for colossal shrimp that are mixed with tomato paste, onion, garlic, and fish stock and sprinkled with bread crumbs and parsley.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Buzara Style


Lidia Bastianich comes from a family of cooks. She learned how to cook from her grandmother and mother, and today she shares her passion for Italian food with millions of people, through her many restaurants throughout the U.S., her television series, cookbooks and pasta and sauce line. Lucky for us, she shared some of her favorite recipes with us!

Check out the slideshow above for 8 of Lidia Bastianich's favorite recipes. Then, check out 10 facts you didn't know about the celebrity chef, discover how she combined her two passions in life and find out why we'd want to be stuck on a deserted island with her!

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