KD Finds: Lidia Bastianich's Italian Cooking Essentials

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Naturally, Lidia Bastianich's go-to meal is pasta. The celebrated chef, who built her business on Italian cuisine, tells us she craves a humble pasta dish with "just spaghetti, garlic and oil with nice spicy pepperoncini" when she's hungry.

Her home-style Italian cooking, which is rooted in family tradition, relies on fewer, better kitchen essentials. Lidia shares with us five things in her kitchen that she can't cook without, from the handy tool for perfect pasta plating to the item she describes as "essential" for braising.

Check out the slideshow above to see Lidia Bastianich's five favorite picks in the kitchen.

Get inspired to cook the perfect Italian dinner with our menu of Lidia's favorite recipes below! To make your own, head to Host Handbook where Kitchen Daily helps you plan your next event, from menus to invitations.

Lidia Bastianich's Italian Dinner
Lidia Bastianich's Italian Dinner