Favorite Italian Recipes

These Italian dishes have been made especially for people with diabetes, so they're carb-friendly but still full of flavor. From classic pasta dishes to decadent desserts, healthy Italian recipes never tasted so good.

Cheesy Tilapia Panini

Make this lower-calorie version of an Italian favorite in just minutes. Filled with good-for-you tilapia and spinach, this panini is filling and flavorful. Don't have a panini maker? Cook this sandwich on a griddle instead; just weight it down with a skillet.

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Chicken and Sweet Pepper Linguine Alfredo

Both rich in vitamin A, summer squash and zucchini help make this typically high-calorie dish more diabetes-friendly! Swap out some of the pasta for more sweet peppers or chicken to further cut down on carbs.

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Penne with Broccoli Rabe

Chopped tomatoes and fiber-rich broccoli rabe inject color into this multigrain pasta dish. The garnish -- shaved Asiago cheese -- adds small but robust bits of flavor.

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Chicken Romano

The tomato-base sauce used in this recipe makes it lower in calories and saturated fat while enhancing the flavor of Italian-seasoned breaded chicken breasts.

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Beefy Stuffed Shells

Serve these generously-portioned stuffed shells for dinner tonight. The mixture of beef, tomatoes, and Italian cheeses mimics the layers of lasagna. Garnish with snipped fresh basil for a pop of color.

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Chicken Cacciatore

This classic Italian dish features a full-flavor experience, with a boost of protein, vitamin A, and fiber.

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Chicken and Mushroom Manicotti

Enjoy a healthier, diabetes-friendly version of this must-have Italian recipe.

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Spaghetti Pie

A few healthy changes makes this is a diabetes-friendly dish for less than 300 calories and 25 grams of carb per serving.

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Beef with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions in Red Wine Reduction

For a company-worthy recipe, this tender and juicy steak boasts only 9 grams of carb per serving.

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Pan-Seared Scallops with Tomato, Olives, and Fresh Basil

Tired of the same old pasta recipes? Try this restaurant-worthy dish for an authentic and delicious taste of Italy.

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Italian Meatball Rolls

For a quick and easy meal that really satisfies, try this cheesy, melty sandwich that features refrigerated turkey meatballs.

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Easy Pasta and Pepper Primavera

Enjoy a hearty serving of pasta loaded with veggies for a healthy meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes.

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Italian-Style Lentil Soup

Enjoy a delicious boost of iron and fiber in every spoonful of this flavorful soup.

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Ziti with Meat Sauce

Using 95 percent lean ground beef helps keep the fat and calories in this hearty pasta dish in check.

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Easy Herb Focaccia

Focaccia (foh-KAH-chee-ah) is an Italian yeast bread usually topped with onions, herbs, olive oil, or cheese. Our easy version is made with a hot roll mix. Serve it with pasta, or enjoy a slice as a midafternoon snack.

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Garden Vegetable Lasagna

This vegetarian version of lasagna, made with low-fat cottage cheese and fat-free ricotta cheese, makes a satisfying addition to a diabetic meal plan. Serve it with a crisp tossed salad.

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Balsamic-Glazed Lamb Chops

A captivating quartet of orange juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, and soy sauce brings out the best in succulent low-carb lamb rib chops.

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Italian Pasta Salad

A simple red wine vinegar dressing makes this pasta salad lower in fat and calories than most deli pasta salads.

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Beef Braciole

A homemade Tomato-Herb Sauce and an herb-accented hard-cooked egg filling turn beef into a fabulous meal.

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Smoky Tomato Pizza

Smoked Gouda and herbs add a sophisticated flair to this fresh tomato-topped appetizer pizza.

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Bruschetta with Two Toppers

One version features arugula, artichokes, and Brie piled onto baguette slices. The other showcases fennel, plum tomatoes, and capers.

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Figs with Zabaglione

Similar to a custard sauce, zabaglione can be served with many desserts. This version contains a little sour cream for a slight tang.

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Genoise with Berry-Wine Sauce

Genoise (zhen-WAHZ) is a rich, light-textured cake similar to a sponge cake. It gets its name from its origins in Genoa, Italy. Here, the cake is blessed with a luscious sauce that's spiked with Vin Santo, a rich, sweet Italian white wine. Oh, the Italians know how to live!

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Three-Cheese Manicotti

Using the crepelike wraps in place of dried pasta shells makes this delightful version of manicotti special enough for company.

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Hot Italian Beef Salad

Quickly stir-fry the steak slices and sweet pepper strips, then toss with bottled salad dressing for a dinner salad that's savory and satisfying.

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Basil-Garlic Tomatoes

If you like, try these colorful tomato tidbits with snipped fresh thyme or oregano in place of the basil.

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Italian Cheesecake

Beaten egg whites help lighten the ricotta cheese filling for this luscious cherry- and citron-laced cheesecake.

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Prosciutto-Stuffed Trout

If you don't catch your own trout, shop for fish with bright, clear eyes; red or pink gills; shiny, elastic skin; and a mild (not strong) aroma.

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Two-Tone Biscotti

The toothsome flavors of rich chocolate and delicate orange meet in this cookie -- the perfect biscotti to nibble with a steaming cup of espresso.

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Italian Fish Stew

This Italian-style fish stew is often served over crostini or toast. Or if you like, sprinkle each serving with garlic-flavored croutons.

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Citrus Granita

Serve this lively Italian ice as a dessert or as a palate cleanser between courses.

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Broccoli Rabe with Garlic

Broccoli rabe has dark green, leafy stalks and clustered buds that look like broccoli. You also will find it sold under the names broccoli di rape, rape, or rapini.

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Lasagna

Using lean and light ingredients gives this satisfying one-dish meal all the great taste you expect from lasagna with only a fraction of the fat and calories.

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Tiramisu

This classic Italian coffee-flavored dessert (pronounced tih-rah-mee-SOO) gets a fabulous new health-conscious lease on life when some of the traditional high-fat ingredients are replaced with fat-free or reduced-fat stand-ins.

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Nutty Orzo and Vegetables

Check the pasta aisle carefully -- tiny, rice-shape orzo may be labeled rosa marina.

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Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup gets its name from the marriage of meat and greens. You can use ground beef, pork, or lamb -- depending on your personal preferences.

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Pesto and Tomato Bruschetta

Arugula adds a twist to the traditional Italian pine nut pesto.

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Roasted Pepper and Artichoke Pizza

No leftover cooked chicken? Look for frozen chopped cooked chicken in your supermarket's freezer case.

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Italian Shepherd's Pie

The mashed potatoes-and-cheese topper makes this beef, sausage, and veggie pie stick-to-the-ribs good. Serve it with fresh fruit for dessert, and your meal is complete.

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Rosemary Chicken and Artichokes

A dozen cloves of garlic may sound like overload, but the garlic mellows and sweetens as it cooks, enveloping the chicken in aroma and flavor.

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Turkey Mushroom Marsala

A rich, earthy shiitake mushroom-wine sauce drenches the golden brown turkey steaks. Discard the mushroom stems and use only the caps. Serve the turkey with linguine, if you like (a 3/4-cup serving of pasta has about 105 calories and 1 1/2 starch exchanges).

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Vegetable Pita Pizzas

These mini pizzas topped with an assortment of veggies, from broccoli to mushrooms to carrots, are an ideal midafternoon snack.

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Shrimp-Artichoke Frittata

A frittata makes a great breakfast or brunch food. For a real treat, make it for dinner during the week.

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Tarragon Chicken Linguine

Cooking broccoli with the linguine lets you use less pasta overall and save on cleanup at the same time.

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Versatile Saucy Meatballs

You can give this hearty sauce an Italian, Mexican, or Cajun spin, depending on the seasoning and type of tomatoes you use. Spooning the sauce over spaghetti squash instead of pasta helps keep the dish low in carbohydrates.

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Winter Minestrone

Any variety of winter squash -- acorn, butternut, hubbard, or turban -- will furnish this version of the classic Italian vegetable soup with a bright color and gentle sweetness.

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