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17 Healthy Italian Recipes to Make Now

  • Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pasta

    Grab your fusilli, toss in bell peppers, roasted tomatoes, and pork sausage and you've got an easy and tasty dish packed with protein and whole-wheat carbs.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep: 15 mins
    Cook: 16 mins

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  • Linguine with Pesto and Spring Vegetables

    Line up your finest seasonal veggies and toss with linguine and pesto for a perfect dinner—and even better leftovers for the rest of the week.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep: 15 mins
    Cook: 30 mins

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  • Farfalle with Watercress

    These little bow-ties are pair perfectly with watercress or cooked spinach, plus reduced-fat feta means you've got an easily assembled dish and zero guilt when you polish off your plate.

  • Garlic Asparagus Pasta with Lemon Cream

    Don't let the "cream" throw you—this rotini pasta is tossed with minimal whipping cream for flavor, plus its squash and asparagus additions will keep you full for hours.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Start to Finish: 25 mins

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  • Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

    Chorizo and two kinds of cheese for less than 500 calories? Say no more. These stuffed shells will delight any dinner party.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep: 10 mins
    Cook: 45 mins

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  • Whole-Wheat Fettuccine with Shrimp and Peas

    Top this garlicky goodness with a dash of Parmesan. This shrimp and pasta combo cannot be matched, especially at under 350 calories per serving.

  • Spaghetti with Roasted Red Peppers, Walnuts, and Goat Cheese

    This dish clocks in at 420 calories per serving, with whole-wheat spaghetti and ultra-flavorful goat cheese getting you 15 grams of protein to boot.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep: 10 mins
    Cook: 20 mins

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  • Bruschetta with Eggplant Ragu

    Make a ragu with beans, roasted eggplant, and tomatoes for the perfect topping for crusty whole-grain bread. And because it has only 300 calories per serving, you can go ahead and go back for seconds.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep: 10 mins
    Cook: 51 mins

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  • Veggie Pizza with Arugula Pesto

    Whole-wheat pizza dough, basil, cherry tomatoes, and ricotta can do no wrong when they come together. Make a personal-size pie, or go big to save some for lunch throughout the week.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep: 20 mins
    Cook: 35 mins

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  • Italian Chicken Sausage and Red Pepper Pizza

    This pizza uses chicken sausage to amp up the protein while leaving room for plenty of buffalo mozzarella to blanket the beautiful pie.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep: 10 mins
    Start to Finish: 1 hr

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  • Focaccia Sandwich

    What's better than focaccia bread? Making it into a sandwich, of course. Cut it in half for easy portion control and portability.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Start to Finish: 15 mins

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  • Spaghetti alla Carbonara

    Keep the prosciutto or Canadian bacon involved in this famously rich dish by trimming off the fat. Broccolini and whole-wheat spaghetti make this a well-rounded meal anytime.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep: 30 mins
    Start to Finish: 40 mins

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  • Caprese Salad

    Keep it simple with the easiest salad in the book. All you need are a few great heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and salt.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep: 15 mins
    Start to Finish: 15 mins

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  • Lemony Carrot Risotto

    Farro, carrots, and the right spices take a traditionally heavy dish and make it a perfectly healthy meal.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep: 10 mins
    Cook: 50 mins

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  • Basil Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu

    No Italian menu is complete without a great gnocchi dish, and this one won't send you running for the hills—it has just 350 calories.

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep: 15 mins
    Cook: 15 mins

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  • Baby Tiramisu

    It's a mini, lighter version of the classic Italian dessert with nonfat ricotta, espresso, and chocolate chips. Count us in.

    Makes: 6 servings
    Prep: 15 mins
    Start to Finish: 45 mins

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  • Polenta Biscotti

    Cap off your evening—or even start your day—by dipping these into your coffee or tea. At 50 calories a pop, you can indulge without counting your cookie number.