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Healthy Italian recipes

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

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  • Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

    Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.20 ratings

    Lentils make a low-fat addition to these minced pork patties for a healthier family favourite - still full of herby, garlicky flavour

  • Herby lamb fillet with caponata

    Herby lamb fillet with caponata

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.7 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.

  • Lighter chicken cacciatore

    Lighter chicken cacciatore

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.104 ratings

    The classic Italian 'hunter's stew' gets a healthy makeover, with low-fat chicken breasts, prosciutto and a rich herby tomato sauce

  • Prawn, fennel & rocket risotto

    Prawn, fennel & rocket risotto

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.42 ratings

    This prawn and fennel risotto gets a little extra kick from lemon zest and and rocket - perfect for a dinner party

  • Spaghetti with smoky tomato & seafood sauce

    Spaghetti with smoky tomato & seafood sauce

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.18 ratings

    Chilli, fennel seeds and smoked paprika add warmth and flavour to a rich tomato sauce, served with seafood in this quick pasta dish

  • Acquacotta

    Acquacotta

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.12 ratings

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

  • Roast pepper pesto with pasta

    Roast pepper pesto with pasta

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.8 ratings

    Use leftovers from our Roast pepper & chorizo salad to make this easy pasta dish - see the recipe, below right

  • Whole stuffed roast fish with fennel

    Whole stuffed roast fish with fennel

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    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

  • Avocado panzanella

    Avocado panzanella

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.23 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

  • Creamy tomato risotto

    Creamy tomato risotto

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.222 ratings

    A budget rice dish flavoured with rosemary, basil and sweet cherry tomatoes. An ideal midweek supper

  • Roast sea bass & vegetable traybake

    Roast sea bass & vegetable traybake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.51 ratings

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

  • Seared steak with celery & pepper caponata

    Seared steak with celery & pepper caponata

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.20 ratings

    Serve lean fillet steak with a rich, Italian-style pepper, olive and caper sauce and wilted spinach

  • Creamy tomato, courgette & prawn pasta

    Creamy tomato, courgette & prawn pasta

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.27 ratings

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

  • Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

    Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.190 ratings

    Serve your pasta with a budget-busting tomato and paprika sauce. It's a healthy choice to boot

  • Roasted squash, shallot, spinach & ricotta pasta

    Roasted squash, shallot, spinach & ricotta pasta

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.18 ratings

    Use your favourite wholemeal shapes and add roasted butternut, shallots, creamy Italian cheese and spinach for a hearty Italian pasta dish

  • Venetian duck ragu

    Venetian duck ragu

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.97 ratings

    Cinnamon adds complexity to this slow-cooked pasta sauce, which goes perfectly with large tubular paccheri pasta, or ribbons of pappardelle

  • Italian chicken with cream cheese & spinach

    Italian chicken with cream cheese & spinach

    A star rating of 4.1 out of 5.12 ratings

    This good-for-you baked chicken dish is perfect for entertaining. Serve on a bed of potatoes with a crisp side salad

  • Low-fat turkey bolognese

    Low-fat turkey bolognese

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.45 ratings

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

  • Roasted pepper linguine with crisp crumbs

    Roasted pepper linguine with crisp crumbs

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.8 ratings

    A good-for-you vegetarian pasta served with roasted peppers, tangy green olives, sweet basil and chilli breadcrumbs

  • Tuna pasta with rocket & parsley pesto

    Tuna pasta with rocket & parsley pesto

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.10 ratings

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

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