Healthy Italian Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Italian recipes including Italian pasta, sauces, lasagna, meatballs, sausage and chicken. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars
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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.

EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 4.87 stars
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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.

Baked Penne Florentine

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

Easy Italian Wedding Soup

Rating: 4.25 stars
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Forget the marble-size meatballs you find in many versions of this soup. In this easy recipe, they're full-size, full-flavored and plenty filling.

Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Rating: 4.02 stars
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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.

Mediterranean Baked Penne

Rating: 3.82 stars
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This Italian-inspired take on an American casserole is about as tasty as a one-dish meal can get.

Chicken-&-Mushroom Marsala

Rating: 3.67 stars
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For the best flavor in this classic one-pan chicken dinner recipe use real Marsala wine, not the cooking-wine kind. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Baked Vegetable Soup

Rating: 3.73 stars
10
Originally prepared in the wood-burning hearths of Italian homes, this peasant-style healthy vegetable soup recipe is simple to make in a modern oven. Brimming with artichokes, mushrooms, zucchini and leeks, this easy soup heats up the house as it becomes the perfect warming meal.

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Broccolini

Rating: 4.39 stars
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In this low-carb spaghetti squash lasagna recipe, garlicky broccolini, spaghetti squash and cheese are combined for a healthy take on a favorite casserole. This bakes right in the squash shells for a fun presentation. Serve with a big Caesar salad and some warm and crusty whole-grain bread.

Tortellini Primavera

Rating: 4.62 stars
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This creamy tortellini and vegetable pasta is a real crowd pleaser. To make it even quicker, use frozen chopped vegetables instead of fresh. Serve with: A green salad and whole-grain baguette.

Gruyere, Asparagus & Pea Baked Pasta

Rating: 3.33 stars
3
This healthy casserole recipe contains tons of veggies alongside whole-wheat pasta for a satisfying dinner kids and adults will enjoy.

Grilled Pork Loin with White Bean Puree & Lemon Herb Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.8 stars
2
This easy grilled pork loin recipe served with a white bean puree gets a pop of fresh flavor from the lemony, fresh herb vinaigrette. Make it a complete healthy dinner with steamed green beans and a green salad tossed with Italian dressing.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Grilled Pizza with Prosciutto & Basil

Fire up the grill for this pizza recipe! Sweet corn, prosciutto, arugula and basil come together in this healthy whole-wheat pizza recipe you make right on the grill.

Avocado Pesto

Avocados add a silky consistency and richness to this vegan pesto recipe. Toss it with pasta or zucchini noodles or use it for a healthy mayo substitute on your sandwich.

Chicken Tetrazzini

Rating: 4.64 stars
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This retro dish will please kids and adults alike.