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Tasty Pasta Dish Packed with Lutein (Antioxidant)

Here is a great recipe filled with Lutein, but you may be asking yourself, what exactly is Lutein? Lutein is a strong antioxidant that can help keep your eyes and your body healthy. This nutrient helps decrease inflammation, protect your eyes from harmful blue light, and fight against dry eye disease! Lutein can be found in leafy greens, pasta, corn, and peppers.

Summer Squash and Basil Pasta


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds assorted summer squashes and zucchini, quartered lengthwise, sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo-style pepper, plus more for serving
  • 12 ounces paccheri, ziti, or other large tube pasta
  • 2 ounces Parmesan, grated (about 1/2 cup), plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves


      1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook garlic, stirring occasionally, until very lightly browned around the edges, about 4 minutes. Add squash; season with salt. Cook, tossing occasionally, until squash begins to break down and gets jammy (they may start to stick to the skillet a bit, which means you are there!), 12–15 minutes. Toss in 1 tsp. Aleppo-style pepper.
      2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente.
      3. Transfer pasta to skillet using a slotted spoon or spider and add 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Cook pasta, adding 2 oz. Parmesan in stages along with more pasta cooking liquid as needed, until sauce coats pasta and pasta is al dente. Toss in lemon juice and most of the basil.
      4. Divide pasta among bowls and top with more Parmesan and Aleppo-style pepper and remaining basil.
      5. Enjoy!

    From the kitchen of: Epicurious