Ricotta salata is a mild cheese made by aging ricotta cheese for a short time. It's great for crumbling and shaving over salads and pastas.


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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

  • Heat a griddle pan, cast-iron skillet, or grill over high.

  • Invert a small bowl inside a large bowl. Working with 1 ear of corn at a time, steady the larger end on top of the small bowl. Using a sharp knife, cut the kernels off the cobs into the large bowl.

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the shallots, garlic, and two-thirds of the corn; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.

  • Spray the scallions and chile with cooking spray. Cook on the griddle until charred all over, 3 to 4 minutes. Chop.

  • In the large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the remaining corn. Cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes; season. Stir in the lemon zest and juice and thyme. Add the corn puree. Bring to a bubble. Add the scallions and chile. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until the sauce is reduced slightly, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Salt the boiling water and add the pasta. Cook until 1 minute shy of the package directions. Add about 1 cup of the cooking water to the sauce, then drain the pasta. Add the pasta to the sauce. Toss until coated; season. Divide among 4 shallow bowls. Top with the herbs and ricotta salata.