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Playing Paola Giaimo's Spaghetti with Fried Zucchini


  • 1 block ricotta salata
  • 1 pound spaghetti (preferably a high fiber/low-carb variety like Dreamfields)
  • 1/2 head garlic (about 6 cloves), peeled and left whole
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley (about 1 cup)
  • 4 zucchini, sliced in rounds
  • 3 cups corn oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper


Serves: 4-6


Preheat oven to 350˚F.

Place whole ricotta salata block on a baking sheet and bake until brown. Reserve.

Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain.

In a skillet, saut garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil. In a pot deep enough, fry zucchini in hot corn oil until brown.

Add pasta to the skillet with the garlic, red pepper flakes and oil. Toss in parsley. Continue to cook pasta for a minute or two in the garlic and oil sauce to incorporate flavor. Place pasta in a large serving bowl and top with zucchini. Grate browned ricotta salata over pasta, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve!