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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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Preparing vegetables with pasta
Fresh spring vegetables are finally here and I love all the different ways we can use them. A techniqu...
 
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
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April 8, 2015
Preparing vegetables with pasta

Fresh spring vegetables are finally here and I love all the different ways we can use them. A technique I have always liked, when preparing vegetables for a pasta dish, is to toss in the pot with the pasta as it boils. Depending on which takes longer, I put the vegetable in first and then add the pasta, or vice versa. Either way, I believe this maximizes the flavor and nutritional value of the vegetables, and I know the pasta absorbs some of the vegetable flavor as they cook in the same water. This technique is great to make in the spring when fresh favas are in the market or throughout the year. This is an old technique in Italy and quite contemporary and green by saving fuel and having fewer pots to clean.