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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


  • 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


  • 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.



  • 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.


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