What Are Some Easy Recipes Featured on the TV Show "Lidia's Italy"?


One easy recipe from LidiasItaly.com is country onion soup, which calls for onions and cured meat to be simmered in a white wine broth. The show's mint string beans recipe serves as an easy-to-make appetizer.

To make country onion soup, heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large soup pot. Add 2 pounds of thinly sliced yellow onions and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Cook the onions for 10 minutes, or until they soften. Cut 4 ounces of a cured meat such as speck, prosciutto, smoked bacon or ham into matchsticks, and add it to the pot. Push the meat and the onions to the sides, and add 2 tablespoons of flour. Allow the flour to toast for 1 or 2 minutes, then mix it with the onions. Raise the heat to high, and pour in 2 cups of dry white wine. Allow the wine to come to a boil, then add 2 quarts of water. Cover the pot, and cook at a rapid simmer for approximately 40 minutes until it has thickened.

For mint string beans, add 1 pound of trimmed string beans to a pot of boiling water. Cook the beans for about 10 minutes, or until they become tender. Remove them to a bowl of cold water. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan before adding 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of loosely packed mint leaves. Add the string beans, and cook for one minute.