Healthy Italian Recipes

Carbs aren't the only thing Italians are good at. From chicken calzones and prosciutto paninis to saucy Italian meatball subs, these healthy Italian recipes go past just pasta and sauce and into protein-packed dinners less than 400 calories per serving. Mangia!

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    Lightened-Up Spaghetti Pie

    Cover your carb cravings with a slice of this healthy spaghetti pie. Three secrets to lightening it up: reduced-fat dairy products, lots of veggies, and lean ground turkey

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    Italian Style Turkey and Penne Toss

    Penne, you've never looked better. Toss the multigrain noodle with herb-packed tomato sauce, iron-rich baby spinach, and lean turkey breast for a healthy Italian dinner. A generous 2-cup serving weighs in at only 301 calories.

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    Italian Meatball Rolls

    These aren't your regular meatball subs. They're better! Chow down on fresh cremini mushrooms, protein-packed turkey meatballs, and Italy's quintessential duo: balsamic and mozzarella. Loads of flavor comes from herbs, garlic, and vinegar -- not fat and salt.

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    Mini Spaghetti and Meatball Pies

    Enjoy a double fix of spaghetti. Two mini pies come in under 300 calories. These muffin tin minis use reduced-fat Italian cheese and a lighter, sugar-free version of your favorite tomato-basil sauce. 

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    Slow Cooker Italian Soup

    Homemade meatballs, loads of veggies, and reduced-sodium broth create a heatlhy slow cooker Italian recipe everyone will enjoy.

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    Prosciutto & Artichoke Panini

    The coolest thing since sliced bread? Panini! This healthy one pairs salty prosciutto with artichoke hearts and a whole lot of basil. But don't thank us -- thank the Italians!

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    Rotini with Beef and Beans

    This healthy, one-skillet wonder is the perfect weeknight dinner. It's packed with protein, plus you can cook the noodles right in -- see ya, saucepan! Bubble it all in a reduced-sodium broth for a pasta dinner you can actually feel good about. 

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    Make-Ahead Chicken-Spinach Calzones

    Pop open that pizza dough sitting in your fridge and make a party-worthy Italian dinner: calzones! These healthy versions are oozing with melty (skim) mozzarella, seasoned chopped chicken, and garlicky spinach. Plus, they can be made up to a month ahead.

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    Broccoli Rabe and Mushroom Pizza

    Crispy whole wheat dough sets the stage for leafy broccoli rabe, tender cremini mushrooms, and creamy ricotta on this healthy pizza. Sweeten your pizza pie with a sprinkling of golden raisins.

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    Mama's Spicy Meatballs

    Saucy, spicy, and under 400 calories, our meatball pasta is the perfect weeknight meal. The homemade red sauce recipe features fresh roma tomatoes simmered in dry red wine for a tangy, sweet sauce that's healthier than the bottled stuff.  

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    Roasted Vegetable Calzones

    Fill your pizza dough with a bounty of fresh vegetables for a calzone that's as yummy as it is good for you. Punch up the flavor of this cheesy favorite with a pinch of fresh rosemary.

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    Homemade Pizza Dough in 3 Steps

    The secret to a great pizza is homemade dough. Learn to make your own crispy, flavorful crust in this video.

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    Grilled Swordfish with Citrus, Saffron, and Mint

    For a dinner that's sophisticated and healthy, try our lean grilled fish recipe. Grilling is the typical Italian way to prepare swordfish, and the ambrosial flavors of saffron, mint, and juicy blood oranges upgrade this recipe to company-worthy status.

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    Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

    A few simple swaps -- like using spaghetti squash instead of pasta -- cut calories and fat from a traditional spaghetti and meatball recipe. Make a leaner meatball by adding fiber-rich bulgur and using lean ground beef.

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    Mini Margherita Pizzas

    Guests will gobble up these mini margherita pizzas just in time for the main course. Each low-calorie appetizer features a sweet-and-savory stack of creamy mozzarella, sliced tomato, and fresh basil.

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    Farfalle with Mushrooms and Spinach

    This low-fat vegetarian pasta can be made in minutes with ingredients that you probably have on hand. Cut mushrooms into thicker slices for a meatier texture.

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    Scallops with Orange and Honey

    You'd never guess that this flavorful dish is low in both fat and calories. Honey and orange add a touch of sweetness to the mild scallops, while cilantro and garlic balance the recipe's savory side.

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    Cook Scallops Like a Pro

    Scallops can be tricky. Here's how to cook them right. 

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    Vegetable Lasagna

    Go on -- give in to your love of lasagna! Our veggie-packed version features all the melty mozzarella you love, but layers of fresh mushrooms, spinach, and broccoli keep it low-cal and full of vitamins.

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    Lasagna Rolls al Forno

    Creating individual rolls with lasagna noodles makes portion control so much easier, and they taste just as good as the classic. Fill each noodle with a scoop of our veggie-loaded sausage Bolognese and roll it up for a healthy Italian recipe.

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    Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Shrimp

    Seafood and Italy go hand in hand. Enjoy this light shrimp-filled pasta recipe, complete with tasty herbs and spices, such as basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes.

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    Fish Pasta Done Right

    Impress your dinner guests with a fancy tilapia pasta. The secret is in the sauce.

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    All-Time Favorite Italian Recipes

    Calling all spaghetti-lovers and pizza purists! You're going to fall for all of our delicious Italian recipes. These traditional dishes are our favorite Italian recipes -- ones you'll want to share, hand down, and save in your recipe box. Sure, we have classics like spaghetti bolognese and baked ziti, but be sure to start with bruschetta and end with tiramisu for the complete Italian experience!
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