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Giada De Laurentiis was born in Italy, so naturally she’s big on cheesy, carby pasta dishes (and for the record, so are we). But sometimes, we want something a little lighter. And sure, fewer dishes doesn’t hurt either. That’s where these 11 recipes come in. 

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Roman-Style Chicken

Fact: Everything’s better with prosciutto.

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Breakfast Pita with Prosciutto

Case in point… 

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Roasted Carrot Hummus

Serve it with veggies for an even healthier snack.

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Whipped Ricotta Salad


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Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde

Your summer go-to dinner.

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Cherry Tomato Spaghetti

From the kitchen to the veranda (with wine) in 30 minutes.

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Chicken Piccata

Tangy lemon sauce + capers = yum.

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Pasta e Fagioli

Tastes like you cooked it all day. (Spoiler alert: You didn’t.) 

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Lentil and Carrot Salad

Packed with protein and perfect for meatless Monday. 

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Orzo Pasta Salad

Load it up with colorful veggies.

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Artichoke Risotto

So bright, it’s like sunshine in a bowl.

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