Italian cuisine is popular around the world, with many tasty dishes. Although some Italian food is low in calories and fat, many dishes are not. Italian food tends to be high in carbohydrates, because of the inclusion of pasta, but some low-carbohydrate options do exist. Exact nutritional values vary depending on recipes, so check local nutrition facts when available.
Penne pasta is a tubular pasta that is used in many Italian recipes and is often served on its own. Penne pasta provides 200 calories in each 2-oz. serving, according to LIVESTRONG.COM's MyPlate. Penne pasta is low in fat, with 1.5 g in each serving, and rich in carbohydrates, with 41 g. Penne pasta offers 6 g of fiber and 7 g of protein in each 2-oz. serving.
Lasagna is a relatively high calorie Italian dish, as it contains pasta, sauce and cheese. A 206-g serving of lasagna contains 246 calories, with about 6 g of fat, LIVESTRONG.COM's MyPlate reports. This serving of lasagna contains 30 g of carbohydrates and nearly 19 g of protein. Some lasagna is made with beef, which adds calories, protein and fat.
Chicken Parmigiana consists of a breaded, fried chicken breast covered in cheese and tomato sauce. This dish can be quite high in calories, and a 9-oz. portion provides 630 calories. Chicken Parmigiana is high in fat, with 20 g, and provides 74 g of carbohydrates and 39 g of protein, MyFitnessPal.com says.
Ravioli resemble pillows of pasta that are stuffed with cheese. A 4.3-oz. serving of ravioli, which is about four pieces, contains 220 calories. This portion of ravioli contains 5 g of fat, with 34 g of carbohydrates and 11 g of protein. Ravioli may have different fillings, such as spinach or beef.
Manicotti are long tubes of pasta filled with cheese and covered in tomato sauce. One manicotti with sauce contains 330 calories, with 18 g of fat. This serving of manicotti contains 21 g of carbohydrates and 20 g of protein, according to MyFitnessPal.com.
Italian Wedding Soup
Italian wedding soup contains noodles, beef and vegetables. This soup is low in calories, with 130 per cup. The soup is high in fat, with 7 g, but low in carbohydrates, with 12 g per cup. Italian wedding soup also provides 5 g of protein per cup, LIVESTRONG.COM's MyPlate reports.
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