Italian Diabetic Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Italian diabetic-friendly recipes for the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Chicken & White Bean Stew

Rating: 4.2 stars
10
This load-and-go slow-cooker chicken recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve this Tuscan-inspired dish with crusty bread, a glass of Chianti and a salad.

Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Rating: 4.02 stars
26
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.

Chicken & White Bean Soup

Rating: 4.41 stars
15
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.

Garden Tomato Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
1
This garden-fresh tomato sauce is a delicious way to use summer-ripe tomatoes. Or freeze whole tomatoes and make this sauce later on in the winter. Just remove the cores and freeze them whole. Then, turn your frozen tomatoes into a garden-fresh sauce any time of the year. For pizza sauce: In Step 2, cook until thickened to about the consistency of pizza sauce, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove from the heat, transfer to a blender, add 2 tablespoons tomato paste and blend until smooth.

Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce

Rating: 4.2 stars
11
Instead of opening a jar of sauce, try this easy spaghetti with meat sauce on a weeknight. Serve with steamed broccoli and garlic bread. The recipe makes enough for 8 servings. If you're serving only four for dinner, cook 8 ounces of spaghetti and freeze the leftover sauce.

Pasta Puttanesca with Beef

Rating: 5 stars
3
This easy slow cooker ground beef and pasta recipe makes a great meal any night of the week.

Mediterranean Baked Penne

Rating: 3.82 stars
10
This Italian-inspired take on an American casserole is about as tasty as a one-dish meal can get.

Classic Lasagna

Rating: 4.27 stars
12
Here's an old-fashioned meat-and-cheese lasagna made lighter. Whole-wheat lasagna noodles taste great in this recipe, plus they help boost the fiber to 9 grams, which is more than a third of the recommended daily intake and especially good news for a healthy heart.

Chicken Tetrazzini

Rating: 4.64 stars
9
This retro dish will please kids and adults alike.

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.

Creamy Pesto Chicken Salad with Greens

Rating: 3.86 stars
5
For a healthy variation on creamy chicken salad, we've replaced half the mayonnaise with basil pesto. Serve over greens or make it into a sandwich for a healthy lunch.

Linguine with Creamy White Clam Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
3
Ripe tomato and fresh basil give this quick recipe tons of flavor. Serve this healthy pasta dinner with crusty garlic bread and steamed green beans.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Italian Mussels & Pasta
Rating: Unrated
3
This combination of mussels with plenty of garlic, parsley, saffron and white wine was inspired by the Venetian soup zuppa de peoci, which is usually ladled over sliced crusty bread. Here we serve it over pasta. For a more elegant presentation you can remove the mussels from their shells before serving…but then again, who wants to be elegant? Enjoy!
Italian Egg-Drop Soup
Rating: Unrated
18
Italian egg-drop soup, Stracciatella, is traditionally a light soup made with just chicken broth, eggs and herbs. We added pasta, chickpeas and arugula to turn it into a meal. Serve with: Garlic bread and Caesar salad.

Cauliflower, Pancetta & Olive Spaghetti

Rating: 4 stars
1

Don't ditch your pasta-cooking water! The flavorful liquid retains a touch of the pasta's starch, which helps your sauce cling to the pasta in this healthy pasta recipe.