Looking for healthy Italian recipes? Want a light pasta or pizza recipe? Check out our ideas below, and then take a look at our healthy takeaway ideas.
Healthy Italian recipes
Craving pizza but trying to be extra healthy? This pizza has a thin and crisp base, a rich but light tomato sauce and is topped with creamy mozzarella, rocket and a little parmesan, making it the perfect low-calorie alternative.
An absolute Italian classic, made that little bit healthier by using a few clever tricks. It’s high in protein, low in salt and calories, and delicious to boot.
Fennel, courgette, peas and parsley make for a wonderfully green risotto. Flavoured with nutritional yeast in place of parmesan and less than 350 calories a portion, it’s a lovely and light version of this Italian favourite.
Our low-calorie lasagne makes a delicious dinner for six people. It’s made healthier by just a couple of clever swaps and is great served with a green salad.
Our antipasti recipe uses a colourful combination of summer veg. It’s a healthy mix of aubergines, peppers, courgette and mushrooms – serve with crusty bread to mop up the juices.
Try swapping out pasta for spiralized courgette in this low-calorie meal with baby plum tomatoes, garlic, pesto and pine nuts.
The best way to cook sardines is to lightly grill them, as we have here. This recipe makes for a healthy meal idea using just three ingredients – sardines, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon – and is ready in a flash. The taste of summer on a plate.
This quick pork dish ticks all the healthy-eating boxes. It’s low in calories, low in fat, low in sugar, low in salt and high in protein.
This stew is a perfect one to have on hand for a quick and healthy dinner. It’s ready in 30 minutes, serves four and is under 200 calories. You can use any leafy greens for this, just whatever you have around.
This lemon and herb-infused veggie primavera salad is a great healthy meal idea. It’s packed full of delicious ingredients such as asparagus, goat’s cheese and zesty lemon and made even better with a mix of grains and orzo, which gives it a lovely silky texture.
This spicy prawn linguine has a chilli kick to keep it interesting. It’s so delicious you’ll forget you’re being virtuous.
Here, white fish is gently simmered in a tomato and couscous sauce and topped with zesty gremolata. A filling and healthy dinner idea that has fewer than 250 calories a portion but is still packed with protein.
Use canned beans to boost a fresh tomato salad. With prosciutto and avocado, this is Italian-style healthy eating that’s ideal for a midweek meal.
This is a great Italian-inspired recipe for a healthy dinner. Using the best Italian antipasti ingredients and combining it with pasta makes for a speedy, low-calorie meal.
This quick, no-cook salad of ripe tomatoes and crunchy cucumber is a great way to use up stale bread for a healthy, low-calorie meal.
This is a simple, healthy meat-free dinner made from leftover risotto, pine nuts and lots of spinach.
This vegetarian take on a family favourite is perfect if you’re trying to pack in more veg to mealtimes. It’s ready in just 30 minutes, too.
Lentils are a great way to make a meal vegetarian. Here, they’re used to create an alternative to traditional meatballs and are served with pasta, Italian style. Plus, they’re low-calorie and ready in just 40 minutes.
This summery Italian one-pot is easy to make and freezes brilliantly, plus, it’s a great healthy dinner idea and gluten-free. The recipe is easily halved if you only want three or four portions.