Penne with Zucchini and Parmesan

Penne with Zucchini and Parmesan

1 pound Penne, Mostaccioli, or other medium pasta shape – uncooked
1 pound medium zucchini
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 tablespoon olive oil
OR
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large clove garlic – minced
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes – or to taste
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese – to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, grate zucchini.

Heat butter and oil together in large skillet until mixture begins to bubble. Add grated zucchini and cook about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute, stirring constantly. Stir in hot pepper flakes and 2/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Heat 1 minute more.

When pasta is done, drain well. Toss skillet mixture with pasta. Top with additional Parmesan, if desired.