Italian fare to feed an army of guests at your next dinner party

Having a big gathering this Christmas with the entire family? Try this holiday meal that's sure to feed an army of guests! Lidia Bastianich was invited on the “Today” show to talk about her new collection of Italian cuisine from her cookbook,“Lidia's Family Table.”Here are the recipes:

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Yield: About 3 quarts of sauce (from either formula) Servings
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Recipes excerpted from “Lidia's Family Table,” copyright © 2004 by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.