Healthy Italian Bread Recipes

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

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Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough

Rating: 4.69 stars
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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.

Chicken Sausage Calzone

Rating: 4.4 stars
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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 calories. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Parmesan-Herb Focaccia

Rating: 4.2 stars
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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.

Grissini

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

Chestnut Bread

Rating: 3 stars
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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.

Sun-Dried Tomato, Thyme & Asiago Scones

Rating: 3 stars
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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.

Thin-Crust Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough

Rating: 3.6 stars
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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.

Quick Pizza Dough

Rating: 4.5 stars
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In less time than you can drive to the store and back, this homemade pizza dough is ready.

Herbed Potato Bread

Rating: 5 stars
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This distinctive loaf boasts a beautiful bouquet of herbs baked into the crust. Flavored with more herbs, it's a fine accompaniment to savory dishes, but is also delicious toasted, with honey.

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.

Parmesan Bread

Rating: 5 stars
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Flavorful Parmesan makes this homemade bread addictive.

Rustic Pesto Tart

Rating: 4.5 stars
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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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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.

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.