Monday, October 15, 2012

Recipe: Rasta Pasta

So for the past three meals I have had chicken. I really didn't feel like seeing this meat again for another dish but laziness stepped in and since that was all I had in my fridge tonight, it was going to be chicken again. I had to think a little about what to do with it for a little difference, and decided to do my own rasta pasta. I was also feeling for some pasta.

Now if you went to google to find out what is rasta pasta and got it's "a place where people gather to smoke blunts" then you're wrong. Rasta pasta is basically an Italian dish with some Jamaican influence.

Ingredients:
Some Chicken Breasts cut into bite size pieces
1 Green Onion
Half box Penne Pasta
1 1/2 - 2 cups milk
Jerk Seasoning of your choice
Minced Garlic
Butter
Some Cheese
Pack of Knorr Parma Rosa Sauce Mix
1 tbl spoon Olive Oil
Cayenne Pepper
Black Pepper
Salt

Method


Before I really get into the method, I must mention I did not have any chicken breasts available. I instead took two full breasts I had and steamed my chicken and then de boned it. So from here on my chicken is already cooked. If you need to cook your chicken breasts do that while your pasta is boiling.


1. Boil pasta according to directions on box. (10 minutes for al dente)

If you have to cook your chicken breasts, you can cook it here, before going to step 2.

2. In a pot heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add half a spoon of minced garlic and chopped green onions. Mix together. Try not to make garlic burn

3. Add Jerk seasoning. The amount depends on your heat level. I used a bottle of "extra spicy" and since I am not a fan of spicy food I used half a teaspoon. Please remember you will also be adding cayenne pepper to this dish.

4. When that is thoroughly mixed, add one cup of milk. Add some cheese then and half the pack of Parma Rosa Sauce mix. Whisk these together well. It will thicken. Add another half cup of milk. (If you are using a full box of pasta you will need to use 2 cups of milk)

5. Add chicken to mixture. NB: If you did not steam your chicken as I did before, you need to have cooked chicken at this point. Add cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt to taste at this point

6. Stir in chicken in sauce and add some of the pasta. Mix well. Add the rest of pasta. Mix Well

7. Your pasta has been rastasized!! (Yes I made that word up!!)







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