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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.

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  • Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

    Lighter spaghetti & meatballs

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.21 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 5.109 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

  • 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 5.24 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 5.230 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 5.52 ratings

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

  • Creamy tomato, courgette & prawn pasta

    Creamy tomato, courgette & prawn pasta

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.28 ratings

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

  • Venetian duck ragu

    Venetian duck ragu

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.105 ratings

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

  • Low-fat turkey bolognese

    Low-fat turkey bolognese

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.48 ratings

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

  • 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

  • Veal escalopes wrapped with prosciutto, sage & lemon (saltimbocca)

    Saltimbocca

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    Try this classic Italian recipe for veal escalopes wrapped with prosciutto, sage & lemon. Serve it with crusty bread to mop up the delicious pan juices

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