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Jamaican Rasta Pasta

The perfect twist to the traditional Alfredo pasta - just think, creamy jerk sauce + pasta + shrimp! It's the perfect meal for when you're craving a little bit of everything - chicken or shrimp, veggies, pasta, and a hint of heat!

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The perfect twist to the traditional Alfredo pasta – just think, creamy jerk sauce + pasta + shrimp! It’s the perfect meal for when you’re craving a little bit of everything – chicken or shrimp, veggies, pasta, and a hint of heat!

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

Jamaican Rasta Pasta

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The perfect twist to the traditional Alfredo pasta - just think, creamy jerk sauce + pasta + shrimp! It's the perfect meal for when you're craving a little bit of everything - chicken or shrimp, veggies, pasta, and a hint of heat!

Ingredients

  • Shrimp
  • 1lb Shrimp
  • 1 tbsp Mild Jerk Seasoning or as desired
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Butter for cooking
  • Sauce
  • 400g Penne Pasta
  • ½ medium Bell Pepper (equal amounts of green, yellow and red) julienned
  • ½ medium Onion julienned
  • 3 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Stalk Escallion/Green Onions thinly sliced
  • 2½ tbsps Butter
  • 1½ cups Heavy Cream
  • ¾ cup Chicken Broth
  • 1-2 tbsps Mild Jerk Seasoning or as desired
  • 2 Sprigs Thyme
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt or to taste
  • ¾ cup Parmesan Cheese (or Parmigiano Reggiano/Asiago Cheese Blend)

Instructions

1

In a skillet, melt butter over medium high heat.

2

Add shrimp to the skillet. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until pink in colour and cooked through.

3

Remove from skillet and set aside.

4

Using the same skillet (remove any burnt/black bits), continue to make the sauce.

5

Prepare onions, garlic and bell peppers and set aside.

6

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).

7

In a large skillet, melt butter and sauté onions and garlic until fragrant, then add bell peppers.

8

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.

9

Add in parmesan cheese and stir until incorporated.

10

Remove from heat and add pasta (a little at a time) and shrimp to sauce and stir to combine.

11

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.

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