Healthy Italian Recipes
Enjoy creamy sauces, bowls of pasta and cheese-topped favorites with our healthy Italian recipes.
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We can’t stop drooling over Ellie’s healthier Chicken Parmesan baked, not fried, and breaded with fiber-rich whole-wheat crumbs. Mix part-skim mozzarella with regular Parmesan for full flavor and fewer calories.
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Portobello Lasagna Rollups
Part-skim ricotta and mozzarella keep the fat count low in these cheesy whole-wheat roll-ups. And remember: A little bold-flavored Parmesan goes a long way flavor-wise.
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Chicken Scallopine with Sage and Fontina Cheese
Giada's rolled chicken cutlets are stuffed with sage and fontina cheese, breaded and pan-fried, then cooked until tender in a tomato-white wine sauce.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Scallopine with Sage and Fontina Cheese
Linguine with Chicken Ragu
This pasta dish features chicken that's simmered with an array of vegetables — including celery, carrots and tomatoes — for a leaner, yet still hearty twist on a traditional Italian meat sauce.
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Saltimbocca is a traditional Italian dish made with veal wrapped around prosciutto and sage, but Giada gives it a healthier spin by swapping out the veal for chicken and adding fresh spinach in the center.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Saltimbocca
Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina
Amp up cubed chicken breast by combining it with bite-sized pasta, diced tomatoes and mozzarella in a baking dish. A final sprinkling of Parmesan and parsley ready this eash one-pot dish for serving, family-style.
Get the Recipe: Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina
Braise chicken in a colorful red- and yellow-pepper sauce for a fragrant, naturally low-calorie Italian chicken classic.
Get the Recipe: Roman-Style Chicken
Fettuccine With Creamy Red Pepper-Feta Sauce
Roasted red peppers and naturally light feta cheese are blended to form this pasta’s indulgent yet lower-calorie creamy sauce.
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The lightened-up Caesar dressing swaps out the traditional egg yolks with light mayonaise but creates a classic flavor as delicious as any you've tried.
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Linguini with Carrot Turkey Ragu
Turn this pasta dish into a guiltless pleasure by combining thin ribbons of shaved carrots with whole wheat linguine and topping them with a hearty turkey ragu.
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Bobby's Southwestern-Style Pizza
Bobby Deen loads his pizza wish fresh veggies, spices and a moderate amount of reduced-fat cheddar, making this Southwestern twist much healthier than your ordinary pie.
Get the Recipe: Bobby's Southwestern-Style Pizza
Tuscan Vegetable Soup
Ellie makes a few tablespoons of fragrant thyme and sage go a long way in this low-calorie, veggie-loaded soup.
Get the Recipe: Tuscan Vegetable Soup
Ellie melts powerful anchovy paste into her puttanesca sauce to deepen the flavor and adds crushed red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
Get the Recipe: Pasta Puttanesca
Kelsey's Vegetable Lasagna
Veggie lasagna is always lighter than its meat-filled counterpart, and in this recipe, Kelsey further lightens things up with part-skim ricotta.
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Meatballs With Tomato Sauce
David Rocco's meatballs, made with extra-lean ground beef and thickened with sundried tomatoes, possess tremendous texture and flavor and come in at under 300 calories per serving.
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Penne with Spinach Sauce
This light and fresh pasta dish is full of nutrients thanks to a sauce made out of our favorite super veggie, spinach. Naturally low-fat goat cheese lends a creamy texture and pleasantly tangy flavor.
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Ellie lightens this classic Italian favorite by cooking with skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs and skipping the flour coating.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Cacciatore
Asparagus and Jack Cheese Frittata
Aida Mollenkamp fills her frittata with jack cheese and fresh ingredients like asparagus and cilantro. Cut it into wedges and serve with a salad or potatoes for a complete meal.
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No Guilt Caesar
Though not technically Italian, Caesar salad is a mainstay on Italian menus and a notorious calorie trap. Alton’s secret for a creamy and guilt-free Caesar dressing? Silken tofu.
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Penne With Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans
Ellie enhances tomatoes’ natural sweetness by roasting them in the oven with just a touch of olive oil. All her pasta dish then needs is some aromatic roasted garlic cloves.
Get the Recipe: Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans
Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil, and Salmon
This five-star-rated recipe is beloved for its healthy qualities, flavor and speed. Ready in under 20 minutes, its whole-grain noodles and lemon-basil-caper sauce complement the simply prepared, good-for-you fish.
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Sweet Pepper Crostini
Giada’s sweet pepper crostini is a simple and light appetizer that’s perfect for any party. Smoked mozzarella has a strong, nutty flavor so a little goes a long way.
Get the Recipe: Sweet Pepper Crostini
Focaccia Topped With Grapes
This sweeter, lighter take on pizza a marker of the Italian grape harvest calls for the dough to be topped with fresh grapes, rosemary and a sprinkling of sugar.
Get the Recipe: Schiacciata Con l'Uva: Focaccia Topped with Grapes
Cavatappi al Vino
Fragrant ingredients like saffron, onion, rosemary and sage lend tremendous flavor to Debi and Gabriele’s Cavatappi al Vino.
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Rachael's Hearty and Healthy Minestrone
Rachael’s trick for a flavorful, rich soup? Prepare a stock with the rind of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Lean Prosciutto di Parma and oven-roasted tomatoes lend even more flavor.
Get the Recipe: Hearty and Healthy 3 Bean Minestrone
Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese
Vitamin-packed Swiss chard and salty pecorino cheeses pair perfectly with nutty whole-wheat spaghetti in this simple dish inspired by classic Italian flavors.
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Turkey con Funghi Misti: Turkey with Mushroom Medley
David Rocco proves that turkey is meant to be enjoyed beyond Thanksgiving with this savory turkey-and-mushroom dish cooked in a white wine sauce.
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Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream
Balsamic syrup adds a rich, savory note to a bowl of berries, best complemented by a super-sweet ricotta, honey and vanilla cream.
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Zucchini Ribbon Pasta
Bulk up whole-wheat fettucine by working zucchini ribbons (mandoline-sliced or thinly cut strips) into your pasta bowl. Sprigs of basil and parsley and large red pepper flakes add ample flavor and round out this dish's rainbow spectrum.
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This healthier take on risotto subs orzo for the high-starch rice ordinarily used. Kelsey bulks the dish up with sweet butternut squash and a minimal amount of half-and-half for that same creamy consistency.
Get the Recipe: Butternut Orzotto
Pasta Primavera is always a great lighter Italian option: It's chockfull of fresh vegetables and herbs.
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David Rocco's Pasta Salad With Tuna
David Rocco’s mayo-free twist on tuna salad layers seared, sushi-grade tuna, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes atop pasta.
Get the Recipe: Insalata di Pasta con Tonno: Pasta Salad with Tuna
Onions, porcini mushrooms, spinach and chili peppers lend their fresh flavors to the watery broth, making this Tuscan dish a healthful and low-sodium soup.
Get the Recipe: Acquacotta
Better Beef Lasagna
Whole-grain pasta adds fiber to this Italian classic, which gets meaty flavor and texture from lean ground beef and naturally low-calorie portobello mushrooms.
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Garlic, sage, rosemary and olive oil transform dried cannellini beans into a flavorful, protein-rich side.
Get the Recipe: Tuscan Beans
Mascarpone Amaretti Cup
Debi and Gabriele's elegant mascarpone mousse, topped with chocolate shavings and crumbled amaretti cookies, is perfect for serving as a party dessert.
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