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Rasta Pasta Recipe

This Jamaican jerk chicken pasta will have your family licking their plates, this Rasta Pasta Recipe is a Jamaican-inspired meal you’ll love!

This Jamaican jerk chicken pasta will have your family licking their plates, this Rasta Pasta Recipe is a Jamaican-inspired meal you'll love!

This Rasta Pasta Recipe is inspired by the flavours of Jamaica as an homage to Rastafarian culture. It’s a fusion dish that mixes traditional Jamaican ingredients with those from different culinary traditions.

A little Jamaican jerk seasoning, some spring onions, and colorful bell peppers make this spicy pasta dish with a Jamaican spin stand out.

This easy Rasta pasta recipe will absolutely be a hit with your family!

This Jamaican jerk chicken pasta will have your family licking their plates, this Rasta Pasta Recipe is a Jamaican-inspired meal you'll love!
This Jamaican jerk chicken pasta will have your family licking their plates, this Rasta Pasta Recipe is a Jamaican-inspired meal you'll love!

What is Rasta Pasta?

This dish is called Rasta pasta because it features the colours of the Ethiopian flag, a symbol of the Rastafari movement. The red, yellow, and green pepper sure do make this a vibrant and fresh tasting dish even despite the creamy sauce.

My husband is Jamaican and positively loves Rasta pasta, although he hates the name.

That is because traditionally Rastafarians eat on a mostly vegan diet, and free of salt. So despite the name, this isn’t an actual Jamaican recipe, and it’s not something Rastafarians would eat unless prepared without the chicken and salt.

Still, this is a Jamaican-inspired dish with flavourful Caribbean seasonings that my entire family adores. It is regularly on our household menu.

This Jamaican jerk chicken pasta will have your family licking their plates, this Rasta Pasta Recipe is a Jamaican-inspired meal you'll love!

How to Store the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pasta

Store pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will keep for about a week.

Rasta pasta is also freezer-friendly, although I would recommend freezing it without the pasta stirred in.

Pasta is easy to overcook when reheating, especially after having been frozen. However if you have only cooked your past to al dente, this shouldn’t be a problem.

When placing the pasta in the freezer, put it into an airtight container and store frozen for up to three months.

How to Reheat Jerk Chicken Pasta

Rasta pasta will need to be defrosted in the refrigerator overnight if it was stored frozen, although you can speed this along using the defrost setting on your microwave.

To reheat, pour the Rasta pasta into a saucepan and reheat on the stove over low heat with a little chicken broth stirred in until hot enough.

This Jamaican jerk chicken pasta will have your family licking their plates, this Rasta Pasta Recipe is a Jamaican-inspired meal you'll love!

Variations of Rasta Pasta

Easy Shrimp Rasta Pasta Recipe

To make Shrimp rasta pasta, swap an equal amount of raw, deveined and peeled shrimp for the chicken. Cook for only 2-3 minutes per side, or until shrimp is opaque and then finishing cooking the recipe in the same way as directed.

Vegan Rasta Pasta Recipe

To make a vegan version of this rasta pasta dish, omit the chicken. Swap the parmesan cheese for nutritional yeast, and swap the cream for coconut milk.

Ingredients for Rasta Pasta

About the Ingredients for Rasta Pasta

Chicken – We use boneless skinless chicken breast, but you can use other proteins or omit altogether. Shrimp is great here too, just reduce the cooking time.

Jerk Seasoning – I use my homemade jerk seasoning, it’s super easy to put together. It’s made with a variety of pantry staples like garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and brown sugar.

Salt – Balances all the flavours, add to taste.

Oil – Vegetable oil or any other neutral oil of choice such as olive oil.

Pasta – Penne pasta, rigatoni or Fusili are best.

Peppers – Use a mix of red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers and green bell peppers for the most vibrant and flavourful dish.

Green onions – Jamaicans call these scallions, they add some authentic flavour.

Garlic – Add more if desired, we all know people who are reckless with garlic, and I approve.

Chicken broth – You should use sodium reduced broth I guess, but I much prefer all the sodium. Swap for vegetable broth if making vegan.

Heavy cream – You can use heavy whipping cream but light cream or half and half will work if you have it on hand. Swap for coconut milk if making this a vegan dish.

Parmesan cheese – You can grate fresh parmesan cheese or use the store-bought grated variety.

This Jamaican jerk chicken pasta will have your family licking their plates, this Rasta Pasta Recipe is a Jamaican-inspired meal you'll love!

Looking for More Flavourful Jamaican Recipes?

Check out some of our families favourite Jamaican foods:

This Jamaican Rice and Peas recipe is an authentic recipe for the traditional Jamaican side dish featuring fragrant thyme and coconut milk! 

This Jamaican Pumpkin Beef Soup is filled with dumplings, Jamaican Pumpkin & Beef. Perfect for a delicious and filling family dinner!

Learn how to make Jerk Chicken with Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Salsa, the combination of flavors in this recipe will leave you wanting more!

This Jamaican jerk chicken pasta will have your family licking their plates, this Rasta Pasta Recipe is a Jamaican-inspired meal you'll love!

How to Make Rasta Pasta

Yields: 6 Servings | Prep Time: 5 Mins | Cook Time: 26 Mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (500 grams) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 4 Tablespoons Jerk Seasoning, divided
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons, Vegetable Oil, divided
  • 1 pound (450 grams) Pasta
  • 1 Green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 Red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 Orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 Green onions, sliced
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Directions:

Season the chicken all over with 3 Tablespoons jerk seasoning and salt.

Raw chicken seasoned

Heat a large saute pan over medium high heat, then pour in 1 tablespoon oil.

Add in the seasoned chicken breasts, until golden and cooked through, about 7-8 minutes per side,

Jerk Chicken and peppers

Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside to rest.

Cook pasta in a large pot according to package instructions in well salted water to al dente. Drain and set aside.

sauteed peppers in sautee pan

Heat the remaining oil in the same pan over medium heat and saute the pepper and onion, cook until the onion softens. Then stir in the garlic and remaining jerk seasoning. Heat until fragrant.

Sauteed peppers in cream sauce.

Pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream.

Simmer for a few minutes or until the sauce thickens, then mix in the parmesan.

Slice the chicken, and then toss the sliced chicken to combine with the cooked pasta in the sauce with the sautéed bell peppers.

Serve and enjoy!

Rasta Pasta Recipe
Yield: 6 Servings

Rasta Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 26 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes

This Jamaican jerk chicken pasta will have your family licking their plates, this Rasta Pasta Recipe is a Jamaican-inspired meal you’ll love!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (500 grams) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 4 Tablespoons Jerk Seasoning, divided
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons, Vegetable Oil, divided
  • 1 pound (450 grams) Pasta
  • 1 Green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 Red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 Orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 Green onions, sliced
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Instructions

Season the chicken all over with 3 Tablespoons jerk seasoning and salt.

Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat, then pour in 1 tablespoon oil.

Add in the seasoned chicken breasts, until golden and cooked through, about 7-8 minutes per side,

Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside to rest.

Cook pasta according to package instructions in well salted water to al dente. Drain and set aside.

Heat the remaining oil in the same pan and saute the pepper and onion, cook until the onion softens. Then stir in the garlic and remaining jerk seasoning. Heat until fragrant.

Pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream.

Simmer for a few minutes or until the sauce thickens, then mix in the parmesan.

Slice the chicken, and then toss to combine with the pasta in the sauce with the peppers.

Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 446mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 11g

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This Jamaican jerk chicken pasta will have your family licking their plates, this Rasta Pasta Recipe is a Jamaican-inspired meal you'll love!

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