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The Best Jamaican Rasta Pasta Recipe – Add Your Favorite Protein!

by Nellie

Looking for a rasta pasta recipe that will knock your socks off? Look no further! This is an awesome dinner recipe that you can make on it’s own or with your favorite meat addition!

Rasta Pasta is a classic Jamaican dish that typically uses heavy cream, penne pasta, parmesan cheese, awesome caribbean seasonings and colorful bell peppers.

Locally in Brooklyn, there used to be only ONE restaurant that served this amazing pasta, but now there are a dime a dozen! Rasta pasta is NOT one of your ordinary pasta dishes.

It is an amazing combination of Jamaican cuisines and Italian cuisines. The recipe pays homage to rastafarian culture — We know that true rastafarians don’t eat meat that’s why there is no meat in the original recipe!

This Caribbean inspired pasta dish is full of flavor and can be customized any way you like. I’ve seen so many different combinations including cajun rasta pasta, oxtail rasta pasta, jerk chicken rasta pasta, shrimp rasta pasta (some use jerk shrimp!) and so much more!

This recipe covers the yummy pasta that you can use as a base. There IS chicken in this recipe but it can easily be omitted.

One thing about rasta pasta is that it is SO pretty! In addition to the delicious creamy sauce, this pasta is made with green bell peppers, yellow bell peppers and red bell peppers. The sauce is similar to alfredo sauce but just with a ton more flavor. Your taste buds will be thankful!

What ingredients do you need for this amazing rasta pasta recipe?

1/2 box (8oz) rigatoni

1 cup bell peppers (any colors) 2-3 tbsp olive oil

1 -2 Thinly sliced chicken breasts

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp butter

1 1/2-2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp Jamaican jerk seasoning

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste 

Some recipes call for green onions, coconut milk, all purpose seasoning, chicken broth, fresh thyme, old bay and even scotch bonnet peppers.

Instead of using penne this time we are using a short pasta called rigatoni! The cream sauce loves to find itself in the nook and crannies of this awesome pasta. Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions.

This is a one pan meal that you will be cooking over medium heat, adding the cooked pasta, seasonings and more to a large skillet. Jamaican chefs make this delicious pasta recipe all the time! Now you can make it on a hectic weeknight. It will definitely become one of your favorite pasta recipes!

How do you store rasta pasta?

You can store leftovers in an airtight container for the next day with plastic wrap.

The Best Jamaican Rasta Pasta Recipe - Add Your Favorite Protein!
Yield: 4-6 servings

The Best Jamaican Rasta Pasta Recipe - Add Your Favorite Protein!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This awesome flavorful rasta pasta recipe is so good! Perfectly cooked pasta with a delicious sauce, peppers and your favorite protein! This one is made with chicken

Ingredients

  • 1/2 box (8oz) rigatoni
  • 1 cup bell peppers (any colors) 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 -2 Thinly sliced chicken breasts 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2-2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp jerk seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta in heavily salted water for 12 mins
  2. Sauté peppers in olive oil for 3-4 mins. Remove veggies and add chicken
    Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper 
  3. Brown on both sides over medium heat (about 4-5 min per side) ensuring chicken is cooked all the way through 
  4. Remove chicken add garlic and butter to the pan and whisk while melting
  5. Whisk in heavy cream and jerk seasoning and bring to a roaring boil. Add in onion powder, garlic powder and salt and stir
  6. Once it thickens add In the Parmesan cheese. 
  7. Reduce heat to low and add in pasta, chicken and sautéed peppers. 

Notes

For a spicer pasta use a Spicy jerk seasoning. A little goes a long way unless you have a high tolerance for spices. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 607Total Fat 57gSaturated Fat 32gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 183mgSodium 558mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 21g

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