Ready in just half an hour, this easy weeknight pasta calls for cooking rounds of zucchini until tender and golden, then tossing with garlic, red-pepper flakes, Kalamata olives, and lemon juice to make a bright, briny sauce. Ricotta salata and fresh mint serve as the perfect finishing touches.



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  • Cook pasta in a large pot of generously salted boiling water until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Add zucchini; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden brown in spots, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, red-pepper flakes, and olives; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour zucchini mixture over pasta, add lemon juice, and toss to coat. Add reserved pasta water, a little at a time, until sauce evenly coats pasta. Serve, topped with cheese, mint, and more red-pepper flakes, and drizzled with oil.