Rasta pasta with shrimp | Source: YouTube/@JanielT
Rasta pasta with shrimp | Source: YouTube/@JanielT

Rasta Pasta Recipe with Shrimp — Bring Jamaican Vibes to Your Kitchen

Naomi Wanjala
May 08, 2024
08:24 A.M.
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Ignite your taste buds with our Rasta Pasta recipe with shrimp, where Jamaican heat meets Italian creaminess. This fusion dish is perfect for anyone looking to add a spicy kick to their pasta night.

Ready to spice up your dinner routine? Dive into the bold and vibrant world of Jamaican cuisine with our Shrimp Rasta Pasta recipe. This dish blends the creamy comfort of Italian pasta with the fiery zest of Caribbean spices.

While not connected to Rastafarianism—traditionally vegetarian—this recipe offers a tantalizing twist that can be adapted for any diet. Let's bring the lively flavors of Jamaica to your kitchen table and start cooking!

Try This Flavorful Rasta Pasta Recipe with Shrimp!


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 large onion, half sliced and half diced
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 3 large bell peppers (green, red, yellow), seeded and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Jamaican jerk seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


1. Marinate the shrimp with Jamaican jerk seasoning and 1/2 tablespoon of all-purpose seasoning for 24 hours.

2. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the shrimp for 3 minutes on each side, then remove and keep aside.

3. Using the same skillet, sauté bell peppers, and onions for 3 minutes until tender.

4. For the sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour into the pan to form a roux. Pour in the heavy cream and lower the heat to a simmer.

Stir in coconut milk and a tablespoon of jerk seasoning, mixing thoroughly. If the sauce is too thick, add more coconut milk to achieve the desired consistency. Blend in the Parmesan cheese, and continue to cook on low heat.

5. Boil penne pasta until it's firm, then drain. Reserve some pasta water to thin out the sauce if needed.

6. In the skillet with bell peppers and onions, add the cooked penne pasta with the remaining all-purpose seasoning. Mix everything.

7. Gradually add the sauce to the skillet, one tablespoon at a time, stirring continuously. If the mixture becomes too thick, thin it out with a bit of the reserved pasta water.

8. Mix in the shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese with the jerk-seasoned shrimp. For a playful touch, top the pasta with a few pieces of jerk shrimp. Garnish with parsley or scallions to finish.

We've just explored how to bring the vibrant flavors of Jamaica to your table with our Rasta Pasta recipe featuring shrimp. Ready to expand your culinary horizons further?

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