10 Recipes for Italian Food for Healthy Dinners

recipes for Italian food

These 10 recipes for Italian food all make amazing healthy dinners. From a low calorie shrimp scampi, to a baked chicken parmesan recipe with 1/2 the carbs… You’ll find 10 amazing Italian food recipes below.

The healthy Italian recipes include vegetarian, chicken, turkey and shrimp Italian recipes. Something for everyone! And at the bottom of the post we have added 5 pasta and pizza sauces (that’s 15 recipes total!)

Recipes for Italian Food for Healthy Dinners

These authentic Italian recipes are all made low calorie and healthy with tips and tricks. These tips help lower calories and fat without sacrificing flavor, texture, and servings size.

We’ve included vegetarian Italian recipes, shrimp Italian recipes, chicken Italian recipes and more. Plus, as I add new Italian recipes to the Lose Weight By Eating website, I’ll add them to the “What to Read Next” section at the bottom (there are already 3 new healthy Italian recipes in there!)

These 10 recipes for Italian food are all low in calories and healthy… and new recipes are added to the “What to Read Next” section often!

10 Recipes for Italian Food for Healthy Dinners

We did our best to keep these Italian recipes traditional. As an Italian myself, I did not want to offend my ancestors. But some tricks were employed (like baking the chicken Parmesan instead of frying it) to make these recipes taste traditional while saving calories.

From Italian recipes spaghetti dishes to protein packed recipes. These easy Italian recipes including something for everyone, and all diets.

After the 10 recipes, you’ll find 5 additional Italian sauce recipes, all low in calories and healthy. So be sure to keep scrolling for many more recipes at the bottom of the page.

And to make these Italian recipes easy, we’ve added links to all the recipes in several places. Including the large photos… you can click on the photo and it will bring you right to the low calorie Italian recipe. Same with the snippet of the printable recipe cards.

These low calorie recipes for Italian food include vegetarian, chicken, turkey and shrimp options… something for everyone.

1. Low Calorie Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo Recipe

Italian recipes for chicken are easy, delicious, and protein packed. We started this list of the best low calorie Italian recipes with this healthy Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo Recipe.

This meal is under 400 calories and can be made (from start to finish) in just 30 minutes!

Recipes for Italian Food - Low Calorie Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo Recipe

This healthy Italian recipe with chicken also comes with 5 vegetable “add-ins” to make the servings larger and the recipe even healthier.

Low Calorie Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo Recipe
This fettuccine Alfredo chicken recipe is low in calories and easy to make!
Learn how to cut 100's of calories from a fettuccine chicken Alfredo Recipe low in calories with this amazing recipe!
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Low Calorie Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo Recipe

2. Easy 30 Minute Baked Ziti Recipe

This 30 Minute Baked Ziti vegetarian Italian recipe is just 255 calories and it makes a wonderful weeknight meal. It freezes well and can be reheated easily.

Vegetarian Italian recipes makes wonderful healthy Italian recipes, and they are also low in cost. Best of all, this Italian dinner recipe can be made in under 30 minutes start to finish!

Recipes for Italian Food - baked ziti recipe

Supplied with our Italian recipes vegetarian style meals, we have also shared 3 add-ins to boost protein, increase flavor, and add even more vegetarian protein.

30 Minute Baked Ziti Recipe
This easy baked ziti recipe can be made in just 30 minutes! It comes with optional add ins like sausage and ricotta cheese, to make the best baked ziti recipe ever!
Try with my Lose Weight By Eating easy Marinara Sauce recipe!
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baked ziti recipe

3. Easy Chicken Piccata Recipe

Not all recipes for Italian food are smothered in marinara sauce. This Easy Chicken Piccata Recipe is one of the best Italian recipes with chicken.

Best of all, this Italian chicken dinner is only 113 calories and has 11.9g of protein!

Recipes for Italian Food - easy chicken piccata recipe

Most chicken piccata recipes are VERY high in calories. But we made all our authentic Italian food recipes healthy and low in calories with our tips and tricks to make Italian food healthy.

The Best LOW CALORIE Chicken Piccata Recipe
This easy chicken piccata recipe is just 113 calories and has 11.9g of protein!
We made this chicken piccata without wine, though you could easily make this recipe for piccata chicken with 1/4 cup wine and 1/4 cup chicken stock should you desire.
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easy chicken piccata recipe

4. Low Calorie Caprese Salad Recipe

For easy Italian recipes, this low calorie Caprese Salad Recipe is fantastic! At just 82 calories, this vegetarian Italian recipe makes a great side dish.

You can make this healthy Italian recipe in just 5 minutes, with just 5 ingredients (not counting salt and pepper).

Recipes for Italian Food - Low Calorie Caprese Salad Recipe

To make the best Italian recipes for dinner, you need a great side dish. This this recipe goes great with Italian recipes for pasta, or chicken.

Low Calorie Caprese Salad Recipe
This Low Calorie Caprese Salad Recipe is easy and yummy!
You can enjoy this recipe for caprese salads as a side dish or first course. It's full of protein and a delicious way to use up vine ripened tomatoes.
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Low Calorie Caprese Salad Recipe

5. THE BEST Lasagna Recipe

This low calorie Lasagna Recipe is one of the best recipes for Italian food! It’s low in calories (just 361 calories!) It’s easy thanks to the “No-Boil” lasagna sheets. And we made this Italian recipe for pasta healthy, with our low calorie tricks.

Perhaps the best part of this low calorie Italian recipe is that there are just 4 servings per 9×9 baking dish… that’s a HUGE serving for just 361 calories!

Recipes for Italian Food - lasagna

Of all the Italian food dishes, this is my favorite. This Italian recipes lasagna dish is packed full of flavor and tastes sinful. But it’s got lots of hidden vegetables and a very healthy Italian recipes dinner dish.

THE BEST Lasagna Recipe {Healthy and Easy}
This is the best lasagna recipe you will ever make! It's packed full of yummy ingredients and is actually healthy enough to enjoy without blowing your diet!
I make lasagna recipes easy with the help of no-bake lasagna sheets! Plus I pack this yummy lasagna homemade recipe with decadent ingredients like mascarpone cheese and mozzarella for the worlds best lasagna!
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the best lasagna recipe

6. Low Calorie Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe

For protein packed Italian recipes for dinner, this Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe is great! You can use it to top Italian recipes with pasta, make low calorie meatball sandwiches, or just enjoy alone.

We like to keep our Italian recipes easy, and this. crockpot Italian recipe is no exception. You can cook these all day and come home to an amazing meal.

Recipes for Italian Food - Low Calorie Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe

This slow cooker Italian recipe is made with turkey to make it healthier… But we add a little something special to the meatballs to make them taste and look like beef or pork meatballs.

Low Calorie Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe
This low calorie turkey meatball crockpot recipe has a special tip to trick the eyes (and the tastebuds) into thinking you're eating pork or beef meatballs.
I like to add marinara sauce to the crockpot meatballs before mixing them. The color helps to darken up the meat, and it adds loads of flavor and moisture.
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Low Calorie Turkey Meatball Crockpot Recipe

7. Healthy Spicy Pasta with Shrimp Recipe

This Healthy Spicy Pasta with Shrimp Recipe is one of the best Italian recipes with shrimp. The shrimp Italian recipes pasta dish is spicy and delicious, and just 222 calories!

Authentic Italian recipes vary depending on region. This Italian seafood recipe takes just 20 minutes to make and oh-so-healthy!

Recipes for Italian Food - Spicy Pasta with Shrimp Recipe

For Italian recipes spaghetti with shrimp, this spicy pasta is one of the best! But if you don’t like spicy food, we’ve included a mild sauce for you as well.

Spicy Pasta with Shrimp Recipe
This spicy pasta with shrimp recipe can be made in just 20 minutes, and is only 222 calories!
Learn how to make shrimp pasta in arrabbiata sauce (spicy pasta sauce) quickly and easily, and so low in calories you can have seconds!
This garlic shrimp and spinach pasta recipe is delicious and healthy… You'll want to make it every week!
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Spicy Pasta with Shrimp Recipe

8. Healthy Pizza + Dough and Sauce Recipes

These healthy recipes for Italian food will show you how to make Healthy Pizza from start to finish. From our “no cook” pizza sauce, to the low calorie homemade pizza dough.

This healthy Italian recipe makes 3 pizzas and you can enjoy 3 slices for only 344 calories!

Recipes for Italian Food - how to make pizza healthy dough and sauce

Along with the recipe card, you’ll find a video of Rachael Ray and I making these yummy healthy Italian recipes together!!

How to Make Pizza Healthy – Dough and Sauce Recipes Included-
Learn how to make pizza healthy! You can enjoy 3 slices for only 344 calories… and they're not wimpy pizza slices either!
Homemade pizza recipes including a "no cook" pizza sauce, and the best pizza dough recipe ever, and how to make pizza at home.
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how to make pizza healthy dough and sauce

9. Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

This low calorie Italian recipes chicken dish is just 408 calories, and packed full of protein! This Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe is easy and yummy, and we don’t pound the chicken breasts into cutlets to save calories (and time, and work!)

You see, when you pound the chicken breasts into flat cutlets, you need a lot of breadcrumbs to cover them. But not as many (in fact 1/2) when you skip the cutlet step.

Recipes for Italian Food - Baked Chicken Parmesan

Italian recipes traditional dishes can be slightly modified to save 100’s of calories. In this one you’ll learn how to save calories and carbs!

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe
This healthy baked Chicken Parmesan recipe is easy to make and low in calories!
In the recipe and the video below I will share tips to make this baked chicken parmigiana easy and healthy… without any weird ingredients!
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Low Calorie Baked Chicken Parmesan Recipe

10. Recipe for Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

This shrimp Italian recipe is healthy and low calorie. We cut calories and fat in this Shrimp Scampi with Linguine, making one of the most popular Italian recipes authentic, but also healthy.

This healthy recipe for Italian food takes just 17 minutes to make! It’s a wonderful healthy dinner recipe for weeknights, date nights, just about anytime!

Recipes for Italian Food

Italian food recipes can be fast and easy. This shrimp Italian recipe is also healthy, low calorie, and absolutely delicious.

Recipe for Shrimp Scampi with Linguine
Get ready to jump for joy… This recipe for shrimp scampi with linguine is only 266 calories per serving!
I have cut the calories without sacrificing the flavor or portion size, so you can enjoy this wonderful shrimp scampi recipe without guilt!
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Recipe for Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

5 Healthy Pasta and Pizza Sauce Recipes

These 5 Italian sauce recipes are all low in calories and easy to make.

All of the sauces will work with the recipes above, and you can also get creative and add them to your favorite pasta.

20 Minute Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe {LOW CALORIE}
This homemade arrabbiata sauce recipe is low calorie and can be made in just 20 minutes!
Spicy homemade pasta sauce is great over pasta, on pizza (Arrabiata pizza is fantastic!) and in your favorite chicken or shrimp dishes.
You can have 1/2 cup of this arrabbiata recipe for just 51 calories!!
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30 Minute Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe
Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce
This healthy Alfredo pasta sauce recipe is low in calories, and only 5 ingredients!
Homemade Alfredo pasta sauce has never been easier or more delicious than this healthy Alfredo sauce recipe.
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Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce Recipes
Classic Marinara Pasta Sauce Recipe
This easy Classic Marinara Pasta Sauce Recipe can be made three ways (Stove Top, Slow Cooker, and Instant Pot). Directions for all three methods can be found below!
This recipe for marinara pasta sauce sauce is low calories and delicious! And a traditional marinara sauce from an actual Italian woman! This recipe came over the boat from Italy with my family, and I have modified it to be made 3 different ways.
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Pasta Sauce Recipes Marinara
Easy Pesto Pasta Sauce Recipe
This low calorie, easy pesto pasta sauce recipe tastes just like the full fat version!
I cut 100's of calories with a few modifications, and without any weird ingredients… just basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, and olive oil.
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Easy Pesto Pasta Sauce Recipe
The Best Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe
This homemade pizza sauce is easy and fast! You don't even have to cook it!
This is the best homemade pizza sauce recipe for many reasons… it's low calorie, vegan, no cook, and so easy to make!
You can choose to marinate the pizza sauce, or use it right away.
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The Best Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

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