Low-Calorie European Recipes

Find healthy, delicious low-calorie European recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Chicken & White Bean Soup

Rating: 4.41 stars 16
Once again, rotisserie chickens can really relieve the dinner-rush pressure-especially in this Italian-inspired soup that cries out for a piece of crusty bread and a glass of red wine.

Greek Roasted Fish with Vegetables

Rating: 4.57 stars 10
This dish is packed with flavor and fits perfectly into a Mediterranean diet.

EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 4.87 stars 29
Here we bake breaded eggplant for crispy results with fewer calories to boot. This makeover of the classic recipe was originally developed by our Test Kitchen in 1995 and got an update in 2020 for our 30th anniversary issue.

Muesli with Raspberries

Rating: 4.5 stars 1
Unlike granola, muesli isn't baked with sweeteners or oil. Make your own or find your favorite brand in most supermarkets--we like Bob's Red Mill.

Hearty Minestrone

Rating: 3.88 stars 8
This version of the Italian classic soup Minestrone is packed with leeks, potatoes, beans, zucchini, spinach and orzo, making it perfect for a hearty lunch or supper on a cold winter's night. To make a vegetarian version use vegetable rather than chicken broth. Top each bowl with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano for a zesty burst of flavor.

Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Rating: 4.02 stars 28
Sliced Brussels sprouts and mushrooms cook quickly and cling to the pasta in our fall version of pasta primavera. Look for presliced mushrooms to cut prep time. Serve with a tossed salad.

Sausage, Brussels Sprout & Potato Soup

Rating: 4.67 stars 10
Bake up some Manchego cheese toasts and uncork a bottle of Ribera del Duero to enjoy alongside this healthy pot of soup. Both sweet and hot Italian sausage work well.

Baked Penne Florentine

Rating: 2.33 stars 3
This comforting and flavorful vegetarian dish is packed with protein.

Sicilian Olive Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 6
This saucy one-skillet chicken dish is full of tomatoes, spinach, olives and capers. Try Kalamata olives in place of the green Sicilians or a combination of both. Serve over whole-wheat egg noodles with a mixed green salad on the side.

Kielbasa & Cabbage Soup

Rating: 4.67 stars 10
This Eastern European soup (called kapusniak in Polish) is traditionally made with sauerkraut. To keep the sodium in check in this healthy recipe, we use fresh cabbage and save the sauerkraut for a deliciously salty-sour garnish.

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
A pound of dried beans is the inexpensive foundation for this simple, hearty meal. Serve it with slices of whole-wheat bread or a side salad for a complete and satisfying lunch or dinner.

Peanut Butter & Chia Berry Jam English Muffin

Rating: 5 stars 3
The addition of chia seeds in the quick “jam” topping adds heart-healthy omega-3s to this healthy breakfast recipe.
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Inspiration and Ideas

22 Italian-Inspired Recipes for Sunday Dinners
These recipes feature classics like lasagna and bolognese as well as provide new, tasty spins on carbonara and pizza.
25 Authentic Recipes That Will Transport You to Italy
These authentic Italian recipes are mouth-wateringly delicious and true to the classics. Whether it's a seafood stew, a hearty pasta dish or a sweet dessert, these recipes come from Italian chefs like Fabio Viviani, Domenica Marchetti, Lidia Bastianich and more. Recipes like Macaroni with Sausage & Ricotta and Italian Rice & Peas (Risi e Bisi) are hearty and flavorful.
Mozzarella, Basil & Zucchini Frittata
Rating: 4.77 stars
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This vegetable-studded frittata recipe is one of the quickest meals you can make. Make it for breakfast, or serve for lunch or dinner with a tossed salad and a slice of olive oil-drizzled crusty baguette.