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Jamaican Rasta Pasta

June 24, 2020

Jamaican Rasta Pasta, the perfect twist to the traditional alfredo pasta! Just think, creamy jerk alfredo sauce, add pasta, and add shrimp! It's the ideal fusion recipe for when you're craving a little bit of everything; chicken or shrimp, veggies, pasta, and a hint of heat!

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Jamaican Rasta Pasta, the perfect twist to the traditional alfredo pasta! Just think, creamy jerk alfredo sauce, add pasta, and add shrimp! It’s the ideal fusion recipe for when you’re craving a little bit of everything; chicken or shrimp, veggies, pasta, and a hint of heat!

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This is one of my absolute favourite pasta dishes! It’s a Jamaican/Caribbean twist to the traditional Alfredo pasta which is already good on its own so imagine this dish – it’s 2.0!! Mix in some chicken, shrimp, your favourite seafood, more veggies, or even oxtail (yes, you read correctly) and you’re in for a yummy treat! I must note, true Rastafarians do not consume any meat, shellfish, or animal by products such as dairy – however, this dish can be made however you like!


Recipe Tips and Notes

Marinate Your Shrimp – You want enough seasoning until you can see it! That’s always my motto – it’s better to have more than less to bring out the true flavours! Also, depending on how much jerk seasoning/marinade you use, the lighter/darker your pasta will be!

Jerk Marinade – You can certainly make your own sauce however, if you want to do the quick and easy method, I prefer Walkerswood Mild or Grace Brand Jerk Seasoning. Both are equally great but the Grace brand has a little more heat than the other; my recommendation is to combine the two! If you’re using the Walkerswood Mild brand, you can use generous amounts as it has more flavour than spice!

Milk or Cream? The richer the fat content in the milk, the richer the sauce (also thicker). Using whipping cream is just as delicious as using half and half – it’s totally up to you. Note, if you use regular milk, the sauce will be more on the “runny” side.

The Process

jerk alfredo pasta with bell peppers in grey speckled bowl

Jamaican Rasta Pasta

Jamaican Rasta Pasta, the perfect twist to the traditional alfredo pasta! Just think, creamy jerk alfredo sauce, add pasta, and add shrimp! It's the ideal fusion recipe for when you're craving a little bit of everything; chicken or shrimp, veggies, pasta, and a hint of heat!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Fish & Seafood, Jamaican & Caribbean, Noodles & Pasta
Cuisine Italian, Jamaican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 732 kcal

Ingredients
  

Shrimp

  • 1 lb Shrimp
  • 1 tbsp Mild Wet Jerk Marinade mild or hot, walkerwood or grace brand recommended
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Butter for cooking

Rasta Pasta

  • 400 g Penne Pasta
  • 1/2 Tri-Coloured Bell Peppers medium, red, green, yellow or orange, julienned
  • 1/2 Onion medium, julienned
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 3/4 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tbsp Mild Wet Jerk Marinade mild or hot, walkerwood or grace brand recommended
  • 2 Sprigs Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt more or less to taste
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese or Parmigiano Reggiano/Asiago Cheese Blend

Instructions
 

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions. Strain and return to pot (keep covered to stay warm).
  • In a skillet, melt butter over medium high heat. Add shrimp to the skillet. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until pink in colour and cooked through. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Using the same skillet (remove any burnt/black bits), continue to make the sauce. Melt butter and sauté onions and garlic until fragrant, then add bell peppers.
  • Create a well in your skillet and add cream, chicken broth, jerk seasoning, thyme sprigs, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes or until sauce starts to slightly thicken. Add in parmesan cheese and stir until incorporated.
  • Remove from heat and add pasta (a little at a time) and shrimp to sauce and stir to combine. Serve while hot, and enjoy!

Notes

A. Jerk seasoning can be very spicy if you are not used to the heat. I suggest starting with Walkerswood Mild Jerk Seasoning – this will give you the flavour without the heat.

Nutrition

Calories: 732kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 39gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 29gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 319mgSodium: 1272mgPotassium: 533mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2219IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 381mgIron: 2mg
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