Braces-Friendly Recipe: Fettuccine with Lemon Ricotta and Zucchini


The first day of fall is just around the corner, but it hasn’t cooled down in Texas yet! Here is a meal that doesn’t require a hot oven to prepare, and it features light, seasonal, summer ingredients like zucchini, lemon, squash, parsley and chives… Get ‘em in season while you can!

Oh, and as usual, this recipe is a delicious option for anyone wearing braces.


• 12 oz Fettuccine
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• Peel of 1 lemon finely grated
• 1 large zucchini halved lengthwise and cut into ribbons
• 1 large yellow summer squash halved lengthwise and cut into ribbons
• 2 medium carrots cut into ribbons For the Ricotta Sauce
• Juice of 1 lemon
• Handful of chives chopped
• Handful of parsley chopped
• 1 cup Ricotta cheese
• Salt & pepper


1. Cook pasta according to package directions.

2. Heat the oil in a large skillet and cook the vegetables together with the lemon peel over medium-high heat until soft and slightly colored.

3. To make the ricotta sauce, stir all ingredients together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of cooking liquid. Add the pasta back to the pot with the ricotta sauce and the reserved liquid. Carefully mix in the vegetables and serve immediately.

A Hungry McFarland Orthodontics Staffer


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