Simple, Healthy, Light and Lemony Fettuccine #SundaySupper

What could be better than a #SundaySupper that is simple to make, has fresh ingredients and is good for you? This recipe for a Simple, Healthy, Light and Lemony Fettuccine had me at “simple’. When you travel as often as we do, the last thing on your mind when you’ve traversed time zones is to come back home and cook a complex dinner. And, while I may have traveled around the world, my family didn’t and they are eagerly awaiting my return to prepare a home cooked meal. Jet lag means nothing to them.

Our travels inspire many of the dishes we recreate at home for our families. Italy is always a favorite of ours and no matter how often we go, we return inspired.

This particular dish was influenced by the lemons of the Amalfi Coast. As you can see, they’re almost as big as your head!





1 (16-ounce) package fettuccine pasta

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic minced

1 shallot minced

1 head of cauliflower

3 medium zucchini

Fresh-squeezed juice from one large lemon

Fresh basil for garnish

Goat or Parmesan Cheese


Prepare fettuccine al dente (according to package instructions)

In a dutch oven heat olive oil.  Add minced garlic and shallots. Heat through until translucent.

Chop cauliflower into bite size pieces. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise, and then in half again, then into quarters. Add to the dutch oven and cook through.

Once the cauliflower and zucchini are cooked al dente add in the fettuccine, a little at a time.

Squeeze in the juice of one large lemon and toss. Add salt, pepper and additional olive oil to taste. Sprinkle (douse) with parmesan cheese).

For a creamier, slightly heavier meal I’ll add goat cheese instead of the parmesan.

Buon Appetito!

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  1. I love how light and fresh this dish but I have to admit you had me at simple and with that great large lemon!! I also love the addition of zucchini!

    • sandi says:

      Thanks Tammi! I have a BIG appetite so I’m always searching for recipes that lighten things up so I can eat more LOL!

  2. So light and delicious. Love a simple pasta dish like this! Happy New Year!

  3. Liz says:

    Such a fun, flavorful pasta! A lovely dinner option.

  4. Serena says:

    Yum! Looks delish!

  5. Such a healthy and satisfying meal

  6. I love the addition of veggies to this lemony pasta. YUM

  7. This was PRECISELY what I was looking for! Lemony pasta without the cream.

  8. LydiaF says:

    Makes you wonder about it when a recipe says “juice of one lemon” hahaha. What a great recipe like a few other commentators, I like that it’s lemony without the cream. (Plus there’s goat cheese…always a fave)

  9. What a fresh, light pasta dish – love the lemon added just before serving!

  10. Christie says:

    I wish the hubs loved lemony dishes like we do! I’d kill a plate of this in no time! I’ll be making it for lunch. Yum!

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