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This easy shrimp Rasta Pasta recipe is a delicious way to mix up your weeknight meals! This Caribbean style pasta is made with jerk seasoning and is loaded full of flavor.

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Have you ever tried Rasta pasta before? If not, you must give this recipe a go this week! This Caribbean style pasta is a great fusion dish that is seasoned with my jerk seasoning.

This dish is ready to serve in less than 30 minutes so it’s perfect for an easy family weeknight meal. If you love my jerk chicken wings, you will love this!

What Is Rasta Pasta?

Rasta Pasta is in no way associated with Rastafarian culture as Rastafarians don’t eat meat or dairy. In fact, Rasta Pasta isn’t a dish you would see many Jamaicans eat growing up. However, fusion food is a beautiful thing and this dish gets its roots from a Jamaican chef who invented this Rasta Pasta recipe.

Rasta Pasta is colorful and gets its name because of the bright colors of the bell peppers in the recipe. This recipe is made with lots of fresh veggies and is served in a creamy, seasoned sauce. It’s often made with chicken, but I topped mine with jerk prawns.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Penne Pasta
  • Shrimp
  • Jerk Seasoning
  • Oil
  • Vegetables: Red and orange bell pepper, spinach, onion, garlic.
  • Heavy Cream
  • Parmesan Cheese
Ingredients to make Rasta pasta

How To Make Rasta Pasta

  • Prepare pasta according to directions on the box. Drain and set aside ½ pasta cup pasta water.
  • Slice the veggies so that they are ready to use
Pasta in a pot of water
Chopped vegetables
  • Coat shrimp with 1 Tbsp of jerk seasoning.
Shrimp in a glass bowl with the seasoning
  • Set a 10-inch skillet over medium heat and add oil. Cook shrimp for 2-3 min per side. Remove shrimp and set aside.
Shrimp cooking in a pan
  • Deglaze the pan by adding ¼ cup pasta water and use a wooden spoon to remove brown bits.
The pan after the shrimp have been removed
Pasta water added to the pan to deglaze it
  • Add peppers, green onions, and garlic to the pan and cook until slightly softened about 5 minutes.
Bell peppers added to the pan
  • Add remaining pasta water, heavy cream, and remaining jerk seasoning and simmer for about 3 minutes.
  • Add pasta, spinach, and parmesan cheese and stir until coated.
Other ingredients added to the pan
Parmesan added to the rasta pasta
All of the ingredients stirred together
  • Remove from heat and top with shrimp.
Shrimp added to the rasta pasta

Can you make this ahead of time?

I like to serve this Rasta pasta as soon as it’s ready, but it will easily keep in the fridge for 3 days and can be reheated in on the stovetop or in the microwave. Just keep it in an airtight container and it will keep well.

When you reheat it, you may want to ad a couple of tablespoons of water to help the creamy sauce loosen up.

Can you use frozen shrimp in this recipe?

I like to use fresh shrimp, but you absolutley can use frozen in this dish. Just make sure that they are fully defrosted before you cook them. Whether you use fresh or frozen shrimp, make sure they are deveined and shelled. I prefer to remove the tails, but you can keep them on if you wish.

What is jerk seasoning?

Jerk seasoning is a Jamaican blend of dried spices and herbs, and it’s a great way to add flavor to dishes. I like to use my own blend that you can easily adjust to your taste, but you can easily find it in the herbs and spices section in superstores. It’s bright, spicy and brings every dish to life!

Close up of rasta pasta on. awhite plate

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Cook the pasta al dente. It will continue to cook once it’s drained and when it’s mixed into the sauce, so don’t over cook it.
  • Take care not to overcook the shrimp. They only need a a couple of minutes each side and they can become rubbery if you cook them for too long.

More Easy Pasta Recipes

Rasta Pasta

This easy shrimp Rasta pasta recipe is a delicious way to mix up your weeknight meals! This Caribbean style pasta is made with jerk seasoning and is loaded full of flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword caribbean pasta, easy rasta pasta, rasta pasta with shrimp
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 688kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 8 oz penne pasta about 2 dry cups
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp jerk seasoning separated
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 green onion
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • ¾ cup pasta water separated
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta according to directions on the box. Drain and set aside ½ pasta cup pasta water.
  • Coat shrimp with 1 Tbsp of jerk seasoning.
  • Set a 10-inch skillet over medium heat and add oil. Cook shrimp for 2-3 min per side. Remove shrimp and set aside.
  • Deglaze the pan by adding ¼ cup pasta water and use a wooden spoon to remove brown bits. Add peppers, green onions, and garlic to the pan and cook until slightly softened about 5 minutes.
  • Add remaining pasta water, heavy cream, and remaining jerk seasoning and simmer for about 3 minutes. Add pasta, spinach, and parmesan cheese and stir until coated.
  • Remove from heat and top with shrimp.

Video

Notes

  • Cook the pasta al dente. It will continue to cook once it’s drained and when it’s mixed into the sauce, so don’t over cook it.
  • Take care not to overcook the shrimp. They only need a a couple of minutes each side and they can become rubbery if you cook them for too long.

Nutrition

Calories: 688kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 364mg | Sodium: 1451mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6553IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 552mg | Iron: 6mg
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