Healthy Italian Bread Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Italian bread recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
To improve the nutritional profile of pizza, use half whole-wheat and half all-purpose flour, which yields a light crust with a distinctive nutty taste. Quick-rising yeast shortens rising time to just 10 minutes, making homemade pizza a possibility for busy weeknights. Use a food processor, stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or your hands to mix the dough. Add enough liquid to the dry ingredients to make a soft dough. If kneading by hand, toss, rather than push, the dough onto the counter for about 10 minutes; this allows the gluten to develop without incorporating too much flour.
By Patsy Jamieson

Chicken Sausage Calzone

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
A typical calzone packs almost 800 calories and 25 grams of saturated fat. In this healthier calzone recipe, we use lean chicken sausage to keep fat in check and add nutrient-rich spinach to bulk up the filling without adding many more calories. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Thin-Crust Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
This easy homemade pizza dough for thin-crust pizza, made with 50 percent whole-grain flour, provides 4 grams of fiber per serving without tasting too wheaty. If you have a food processor or stand-mixer with a dough hook, let your machine do the kneading for you. The pizza dough freezes beautifully, so make a few batches at a time and keep your freezer stocked.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Sun-Dried Tomato, Thyme & Asiago Scones

Rating: 3 stars 2
No bakery degree required for this recipe: these healthy, savory sun-dried tomato-and-Asiago scones are as easy to make as a batch of muffins. White whole-wheat flour adds a boost of fiber, and just enough butter gives them great flavor and texture without going overboard on calories. Try them with brunch or alongside your dinner salad.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Chestnut Bread

Rating: 5 stars 1
This authentic Tuscan chestnut bread recipe, castagnaccio--not exactly bread and not sweet enough to be considered cake--is in a category by itself. Serve this Italian delicacy on a cheese platter or as part of an antipasti spread.
By Faith Willinger

Parmesan-Herb Focaccia

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Puffy, chewy-crisp and fragrant with fresh herbs, this Parmesan focaccia goes well with soups, stews and, of course, Italian-style fare. Be sure to use only fresh herbs and avoid the temptation to stir them into the dough (sprinkle them over it); many herbs, including the ones called for here, inhibit yeast growth when they're combined in the dough. The dough bakes on the lowest rack in a very hot oven to simulate the hearth baking that is traditional for focaccia. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.
By Nancy Baggett


Rating: 5 stars 1
Long, crispy, thin breadsticks like these grissini are laid right on the tablecloth at many Piedmontese restaurants.
By Marialisa Calta

Quick Pizza Dough

Rating: 4 stars 1
In less time than you can drive to the store and back, this homemade pizza dough is ready.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Parmesan Bread

Rating: 5 stars 2
Flavorful Parmesan makes this homemade bread addictive.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Rustic Pesto Tart

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Talk about easy! Almost everything in this pesto-cranberry tart is store-bought. Although the tart can be enjoyed shortly after it comes out of the oven, it's just as good served at room temperature.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Rosemary Focaccia

Straight from the oven, this flatbread (actually a pizza crust with a light savory topping of onions and herbs) is a satisfying snack. Focaccia is equally at home on a party buffet or as an accompaniment to soups or salads.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Oregano & Asiago Breadsticks

Get homemade breadsticks on the table fast--without any kneading or mixing--when you start with prepared pizza dough, then top with dried oregano and Asiago cheese. For a crispier texture more like grissini, roll the breadsticks long and thin and bake until golden.
By Breana Killeen

Inspiration and Ideas

Grissini (Piedmont-Style Breadsticks)
Crunchy on the outside and slightly soft in the center, these easy homemade breadsticks are a good way to use your sourdough starter. Substitute 1 tsp. of fresh starter for the active dry yeast, adding it with the olive oil and malt syrup. No barley malt syrup? Use molasses instead.
Rosemary & Olive Breadsticks
Breadsticks are a great accompaniment to so many meals. Here we press olives and rosemary into prepared pizza dough for a super quick and easy version.
Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper Calzones
Rating: 3.5 stars 7

Using our quick food processor pizza dough or purchased dough, these stuffed turnovers are as easy to make as a flat pizza. If you like, serve the calzones with a bowl of extra sauce for dipping.