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Favorite Italian Recipes

These Italian recipes have been made especially for people with diabetes, so they're carb-friendly but still full of flavor. From homemade pizzas and classic pasta recipes to decadent desserts, healthy Italian food never tasted so good.
Classic Marinara Meatballs Recipe

Classic Marinara Meatballs

Our low-calorie remake of this Italian favorite fits deliciously into a diabetes meal plan. Offer any of our suggested variations with spaghetti squash for a satisfying low-carb meal.

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Chicken Alfredo

Creamy Alfredo is lightened up with low-fat dairy, whole grain pasta, and the lean protein of chicken. Pair with a crisp green salad for a guilt-free indulgence the whole family will love.

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Almond Cannoli with Lemon-Basil Ricotta Cream Filling

When the occasion calls for an extraordinary dessert, make this decadent cannoli. Weighing in with just 18 grams of carb per serving, the unique combination of almond, lemon, and basil will delight all of the guests around your table.

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Caprese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

This update on Caprese salad will be a hit at any gathering. Perfect for potlucks or cocktail parties, the low-carb appetizers can be made ahead of time, freeing you up to focus on other dishes.

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Porcini Eggplant

Balsamic vinegar dresses up the deep, woodsy taste of roasted eggplant and porcini mushrooms. Serve the low-calorie vegetarian side dish with fresh basil and grape tomatoes.

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Pesto Shrimp Pizza

Serve the unexpected with this unique, made-from-scratch pizza. With added fiber from the whole grain crust, this low-carb pizza recipe fits into any healthy eating plan as a starter or an entrée.

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Bruschetta Planks

In our spin on the popular Italian appetizer, we kept the carbs low by substituting whole grain flatbread crackers for the traditional crusty bread. Low in calories but high in flavor and crunch, this recipe works as a meal opener or a simple snack.

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Breakfast Italian Egg Sandwich

Buongiorno! Start your day with an Italian twist on the American egg sandwich. This low-carb breakfast includes whole grains, lean protein, and antioxidant-rich roasted red peppers.

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Beefy Italian Vegetable Soup

Our hearty Italian soup is a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with vitamin-rich veggies and high-protein steak, the savory stew leaves you comfortably full for only 17 grams of carb per serving.

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Italian Sausage and Zucchini Quiche

Low in calories and carbs, this quiche is a beautiful addition to any special gathering. Pair with our Honey-Balsamic Fruit Salad for a diabetes-friendly brunch that is sure to impress.

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Italian Pot Roast

When plain-old pot roast just won’t do, give it Italian flair. The addition of fennel adds a distinct flavor to this healthy slow cooker recipe.

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Tiramisu Bites

These delicate, whimsical treats will be the stars of the party. Light as air and packed with the flavors of coffee and chocolate, they are the perfect addition to any healthy Italian meal.

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Italian Beef and Polenta

Savory Italian beef meets garden-fresh veggies for a simple yet savory diabetic dinner. The use of creamy polenta is a satisfying way to go gluten-free while remaining low in carbs.

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Italian Braised Chicken with Fennel and Cannellini

Enjoy a taste of Tuscany with this easy slow cooker recipe. Low in carbs and filled with produce, the robust dish is a delicious addition to any diabetes meal plan.

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Italian Pork with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Put this sweet and savory recipe in the slow cooker in the morning to enjoy a hot, low-carb dinner at night. Pair with our Green Beans and Onions for a complete, hearty meal.

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Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce

Delight your guests with this exceptional diabetic dessert featuring the delicate tastes of amaretto, vanilla, and blueberries. Because it is easy to make ahead, you can impress your company and enjoy time with them, too.

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Pasta e Fagioli

Also known as “pasta fazool,” our diabetes-friendly version of this famed peasant dish is filled with fresh vegetables and a touch of savory prosciutto. Prepared with reduced-sodium ingredients and whole grain pasta, this is a nutritious and delicious remake of the hearty favorite.

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Turkey Piccata

Zesty piccata goes gourmet with lean turkey breast coated in flour and topped with lemon slices and green onions. The comforting Italian-style entrée is low-calorie, low-fat, and low-carb.

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Chicken Osso Buco

Replacing veal with chicken lightens up this Milanese specialty. The bulk of the work is done by your slow cooker, so all you need to do is serve the chicken and sauce over multigrain penne.

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Tiramisu

We lightened up this Italian classic by pairing delicate ladyfingers with reduced-fat and fat-free dairy. You’ll love that our version retains the robust flavor of the original without derailing your healthy eating plan.

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Cheesy Vegetable Pasta Alfredo

A farmer’s market feast, this cheesy pasta dish offers a bounty of fresh produce. By using lighter dairy options and whole grain pasta, you can enjoy the creamy dish and still maintain your healthy eating plan.

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Peach Semifreddo with Pistachios and Peach Swirl

This semifreddo, or “half-frozen,” diabetic cake recipe is a true pleasure on a summer day.  Featuring fresh peaches, pistachios, and honey, the lovely dessert is a welcome finale to any Italian dinner.

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Lasagna Bella

Substituting Portobello mushrooms for traditional noodles makes this low-carb lasagna a go-to gluten-free Italian recipe. Serve it with our Mixed Greens with Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette to complete the vegetarian meal.

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Goat Cheese Pizza

We cut back on calories and carbs in our gourmet take on this Italian pizza favorite. Use packaged whole wheat pizza crust to speed up the cooking process.

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Cornmeal-Fig Biscotti

Ginger, vanilla, lemon, and fig combine to make this a perfect snack or breakfast to pair with coffee. You’d never know this decadent treat is low in calories, carbs, and fat.

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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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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 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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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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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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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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Pesto and Tomato Bruschetta

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

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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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