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Healthy Italian recipes

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

19 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
6 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
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92 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
39 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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
17 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
11 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
7 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

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

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star 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 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
23 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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
Vegan
202 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
44 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
18 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
24 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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
177 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
17 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

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

55 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
90 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

2 hrs and 45 mins
Easy
Healthy
11 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
41 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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
6 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

45 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
9 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

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
20 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Use super-ripe tomatoes in this Italian fish recipe to add extra sweetness to the spicy broth

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
51 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Try a new take on pesto and blend red peppers, cashew nuts and parsley then serve spooned through hot pasta

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

A healthy, vegetarian pasta dish with tomatoes, capers, olives and lots of basil

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This classic Italian recipe for veal means 'jump in the mouth' - serve it with crusty bread to mop up the delicious pan juices

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
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