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Seafood and Italy go hand-in-hand. Enjoy this light, shrimp-filled pasta dish, complete with tasty spices, such as basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes.
Marsala sauce boasts simple ingredients--butter, meat juices left after browning, and Marsala wine (produced in Sicily). Marsala has a rich, smoky flavor that develops as the wine ages and is a wonderful complement to white meat.
Gorgonzola cheese and Dijon-style mustard add a delightful tang to this take on Caprese salad. Always keep tomatoes at room temperature--refrigerating them can change the flavor, nutrients, and texture.
Tip: Gorgonzola is a creamy, Italian blue cheese that ranges in texture from soft to firm. The longer it ages, the firmer it becomes.
Rosemary is a very popular herb to use on roasted meats, and lamb is often served in Italy on special occasions.
Tip: A little rosemary goes a long way, so if you're not used to cooking with it, go easy on it.
Either an indoor or outdoor grill with do the trick for cooking the sweet peppers, zucchini, and eggplant.
Tip: Purchase smaller, immature eggplants. Larger, puffy ones tend to be more bitter and have hard seeds.
Watch our test kitchen tips for grilling asparagus, zucchini, squash, peppers, onions, mushroom caps, and eggplant.
One serving of this soup provides almost half of your daily vitamin C needs. Chock-full of veggies and beans, it's also high in dietary fiber. Enjoy!
These thick, ruffled noodles absorb moisture. They are intended to be served with a thicker sauce or baked in a casserole, but they are deliciously light and fluffy when tossed with olive oil and vegetables.
Two kinds of cheese, tomato, basil, and onion top this less-than-300-calorie dinner. For a sweeter flavor, use yellow onions instead of red, as they contain more natural sugar.
Tip: Top off the pizza with a delicious caramel syrup by deglazing the saucepan with a few tablespoons of white wine.
A true Italian rarely uses only tomatoes in the sauce; they load it up with yummy vegetables--even carrots! Most of the vegetables in this sauce are part of Cleveland Clinic's top veggie picks, too.
Pine nuts are high in monounsaturated fats, which contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system. This creamy Italian-style dip helps encourage you to eat your vegetables.
Tip: Try the dip on sweet potato chips or artichoke hearts.
Preparations for seafood in Italy are simple: Use top-quality ingredients and avoid masking the flavor of the fish with heavy spices and seasonings. Fennel's mild essence is a perfect complement to sea bass and is known to reduce elevated cholesterol.
Make an Italian dinner in a snap! This recipe calls for picking up a roasted chicken on the way home. Leftovers taste great the next day, too.
Traditional Caesar dressing calls for egg yolks. Our heart-healthy version replaces them with low-fat mayonnaise, without skimping on that irresistibly creamy texture.
Low in fat, this vegetarian pasta can be made in minutes with ingredients that you likely have on hand. Cut mushrooms into thicker slices for a "meatier" texture.
Tip: For extra flavor, marinate mushrooms in your favorite vinaigrette. Cover and refrigerate for up to two days.
White beans are a staple in Italian cooking. They're also an excellent source of protein and a delicious stuffing in these hollowed-out ripe tomatoes.
Whole wheat pasta has almost three times the fiber of regular pasta. Paired with heart-healthy salmon, this Italian pasta dish is a guilt-free crowd-pleaser.
You'd never guess that this flavorful dish is both low-fat and low-calorie. Honey and orange add a touch of sweetness to the mild scallops, while cilantro and garlic balance out the recipe's savory side.
Served hot or cold, panini are filled with yummy ingredients that won't cost you a lot. Canned beans and tuna provide the protein for little expense and just 277 calories.
Tip: Save on the grocery budget by turning last night's roasted chicken into a delicious panini for lunch today.
This versatile Italian dish can be served warm right after you make it or later as a chilled pasta salad. Heart-healthy olive oil serves as the dressing.
Light cuts of lamb rubbed with a chili-and-garlic-infused spice could be the star of your Italian dinner. You'll love them even more when you learn they're just 200 calories per serving.
Red pepper sauce is an extremely versatile Italian favorite: Try it over meatloaf or white fish. For a more robust flavor, increase the garlic and herbs to taste.
It may take a little longer to prepare, but this dish rewards your effort with its rich, creamy texture. Stir-ins can be forgiving, so feel free to experiment with your favorite vegetables.
This salad uses a prepared dressing, so it can be made in minutes. It's perfect on its own as a light vegetarian meal, or grill your favorite lean meat to complement the Italian dish.
Comfort food at its finest! There's nothing like a soothing pasta dish to come home to at the end of the day. Better yet, it's low in saturated fat, so there are two reasons to smile.
Biscotti means "twice-baked" because these classic Italian treats are first baked in one long loaf, then sliced, turned on their sides, and baked again for an extra-crunchy texture.
Serve this deliciously sweet salad as a complement for chicken dishes, or grill a chicken breast and add to the salad for a complete meal.
Tip: Figs don't ripen after picking, so buy only ripe ones and use them as soon as possible. They can be stored for up to two days in the refrigerator.
Antipasto courses in Italy often include foods with a vinegar-based marinade. These skewers add a festive flair to any party.
Tip: Variety is the spice of life: Thread artichoke or celery hearts, green peppers, scallions, mushrooms, radishes, or fresh tomato chunks onto skewers.
Quick and easy to make, this recipe doesn't require any cooking or chilling. It's instant payoff: a rich, chocolaty confection at a guilt-free 153 calories per serving.
Italian granita, or sorbetto, is made with sugar, water, and flavorings but no dairy. The citrus flavors in this frozen treat are especially refreshing.