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

Mozzarella, Basil & Zucchini Frittata

Rating: 5 stars 15
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.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 5 stars 30
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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Easy Italian Wedding Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
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.
By Robin Bashinsky

Caprese Skewers

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
We take all the ingredients of a classic caprese salad and layer them onto skewers for a quick appetizer. These tomato-mozzarella-basil skewers are easy to assemble and perfect for a party.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Zucchini Frittata

Rating: 5 stars 3
A frittata, as a flat omelet is known in Italy, can be filled with a variety of vegetables and cheeses and makes a great impromptu brunch dish or supper. In this version, fresh mint and basil brighten the mild taste of zucchini. If you prefer, use feta or ricotta salata in place of the goat cheese.
By Marie Simmons

Avocado Pesto

Rating: 5 stars 10
Avocados add a silky consistency and cheese-like richness to this dairy-free pesto recipe. Toss it with pasta, spread it on baguette slices to make bruschetta, or use it for a healthy mayo substitute on your sandwich.
By Jason Mraz

Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Rating: 4 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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Baked Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4 stars 14
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.
By Jane Black

Chicken & White Bean Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
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.

Tortellini Salad

Rating: 5 stars 3
A tomato-rich dressing boosts the flavor and lowers calories and fat in this tortellini salad (the dressing is also great on green salads or grilled fish). Roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes add a good dose of vitamins A, C and fiber.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Chicken Tetrazzini

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
This retro dish will please kids and adults alike.
By Ruth Cousineau

Sicilian-Style Chicken Thighs

Rating: 5 stars 7
Bright-green Castelvetrano olives hail from Sicily and have a buttery flavor and meaty texture that pair perfectly with the Italian seasoning and salty capers in this one-skillet chicken dinner. Look for them on your supermarket olive bar or in jars with Italian ingredients.
By Hilary Meyer
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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.
Baked Penne Florentine
Rating: 2.5 stars 3

This comforting and flavorful vegetarian dish is packed with protein.