Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

Healthy Italian recipes

37 Recipes

Discover our best ever nutritious Italian-inspired recipes, including pasta sauces, soups, stews, risottos and lasagne as well as meat and fish dishes.

Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

4.22222

(9 ratings)

Lentils make a low-fat addition to these minced pork patties for a healthier family favourite - still full of herby, garlicky flavour
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Herby lamb fillet with caponata

4.4

(5 ratings)

Tick off all 5 of your 5 a day with this super-healthy Sunday roast. To make it vegetarian, omit the lamb and add chickpeas to the caponata.
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Lighter chicken cacciatore

4.394735

(38 ratings)

The classic Italian 'hunter's stew' gets a healthy makeover, with low-fat chicken breasts, prosciutto and a rich herby tomato sauce...
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Prawn, fennel & rocket risotto

4.125

(16 ratings)

This prawn and fennel risotto gets a little extra kick from lemon zest and and rocket - perfect for a dinner party
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Acquacotta

4.625

(8 ratings)

This traditional Tuscan soup, which means 'cooked water', is served with a poached egg for extra richness - a perfect starter or light lunch
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Roast pepper pesto with pasta

4

(4 ratings)

Use leftovers from our Roast pepper & chorizo salad to make this easy pasta dish - see the recipe, below right...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Whole stuffed roast fish with fennel

5

(1 rating)

This roast fish dish was inspired by Sicily, where the aromatic spices and dried fruit of Arabian cuisine meet with the fresh fish and veg of the Med
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Avocado panzanella

5

(15 ratings)

With just 20 minutes preparation and no cooking time you'll be able to whip up this colourful avocado and bread salad in no time...
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Creamy tomato risotto

4.73077

(52 ratings)

A budget rice dish flavoured with rosemary, basil and sweet cherry tomatoes. An ideal midweek supper
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Roast sea bass & vegetable traybake

4.923075

(13 ratings)

Apply a no-fuss touch to fish in this all-in-one Italian-inspired bake with crispy potatoes, roasted peppers and olives
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Creamy tomato, courgette & prawn pasta

4.416665

(12 ratings)

This fast, fresh pasta sauce with cherry tomatoes, prawns and crème fraîche is ideal for a midweek supper, and it's low-fat
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Venetian duck ragu

4.833335

(42 ratings)

Cinnamon adds complexity to this slow-cooked pasta sauce, which goes perfectly with large tubular paccheri pasta, or ribbons of pappardelle
  • 2 hours and 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Low-fat turkey Bolognese

4.714285

(21 ratings)

Swap your usual beef mince with turkey to reduce the fat content of this classic Italian sauce and serve with wholemeal pasta
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Tuna pasta with rocket & parsley pesto

3.666665

(3 ratings)

Whizz up a quick homemade pesto with parsley and lemon juice, then serve spooned through hot pasta with fish, tomatoes and green beans
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Veggie lasagne

3.5

(2 ratings)

A light but luscious veggie lasagne to tickle your taste buds - it contains just 13g of fat compared to the more usual 19g
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

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