Almost FootPrints Rasta Pasta

A creamy jerk pasta dish with just enough spice and cheesiness to keep you coming for more.

Easy Rasta Pasta

Have you even seen my first Rasta Pasta recipe? I probably should not be sending you over there. The pics are embarrassing. But I guess it shows growth.

This recipe has been my most searched recipe on the blog since I randomly posted this a few years back. At that time it was just me posting things as I made it with no effort really for people actually seeing it. Looking at that post I see how much more emphasis and detail I put into my posts now.

I decided to do an updated version of this recipe since it is still heavily searched and since I have gotten the measurements down to a better count. The method has not changed at all. It is still an easy recipe for a very tasty dish.

In my first attempt at making Rasta Pasta I included the chicken in the dish as a "one pot", this time I have presented it as an option to add the chicken or shrimp on the side. This makes it great for people who may not want to have chicken to just have the pasta.

I also slightly baked grilled  my peppers for a bit before adding to the dish so that it had that fresh, crisp feel instead of it cooking all the way down in the dish.

Rasta Pasta Recipe

You do not need a lot for this recipe. Chicken (or you can even use shrimp), pasta, cheese, bell peppers, jerk seasoning, garlic, knorr parma rosa (target now carries this regularly) and green onions

Rasta Pasta Recipe

You can choose to mix your chicken in as one pot or leave it on the side.

I also grilled my bell peppers for about 10 mins before adding them to the pot

And after a little mixing and cutting.. Voila.. Rasta Pasta and it was sooo yummy!

Rasta Pasta Recipe

Now for the Recipe.

yield: Serves 4print recipe

Rasta Pasta

An easy recipe for making the delicious rasta pasta dish of a creamy jerk sauce smothering penne pasta, bell peppers and your choice of meat.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 45 mins


For Chicken
For Pasta
  • 2 cups penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 stalk green onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 pack Knorr Parma Rosa Sauce Mix
  • 2 cups grated cheese (mozzarella or sharp cheddar)
  • 2 bell peppers (red and green)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon jerk seasoning


For Chicken Breast
  1. Season chicken with green seasoning or as you usually would.
  2. Add jerk seasoning
  3. Let sit. (can sit over night)
  4. Heat oven to 350 c
  5. Place breasts in greased baking dish and cover with foil
  6. Bake for 35 minutes
  7. Remove foil, throw off any excess water and replace in oven to bake for another 25 minutes
  8. Remove, strip chicken breasts up and set aside
For Pasta
  1. Boil pasta as instructed on the box and strain (no more than 10 minutes)
  2. In a medium pot heat oil on medium heat.
  3. Add green onions and garlic and stir.
  4. Add jerk seasoning and stir for about 2 mins ensuring that onions are coated
  5. Add milk and mix. Pay close attention that it does not burn
  6. At this time you can also place the bell peppers (coated in olive oil, salt & Black pepper) in the oven
  7. Add half pack of Parma Rosa powder to pasta
  8. Add half of cheese and stir well
  9. Add rest of Parma Rosa and cheese and mix well, making sure that all clumps are dissolved.
  10. Add half of pasta and stir.
  11. If you want to add your chicken to the dish you can add it in here.
  12. Add bell peppers, remaining pasta and a little more milk if all liquid has disappeared
  13. Take off heat and serve
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A few PRE cooking activities
  • Bake chicken before you start to cook pasta
  • Cut up bell peppers and prepare them so that it can be easily put in oven after chicken is done

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  1. What is the garlic clove for? When is it used?

    1. Hi Sorry Taqueena,

      You use the garlic after heating the oil with the onions to cook.

  2. Hello, I was wondering could I use almond milk instead of regular milk?

    1. Hi Quita,

      You can try. The only reason I would doubt using almond milk is because almond milk does have a bit of a taste and it may over power the flavors

    2. You can definitely go for coconut milk instead.

  3. Hello.

    How much jerk seasoning do I add to pasta?

    1. Hi Karen

      1 tsp worked fine for me. I am not much of a pepper fan though. I think at most you can do 1 1/2 teaspoons because you also don't want the jerk to be ALL that you are tasting.

  4. I made it for my bf today OMG he loved it . it was just a but to spicey lol may hold back next time lol..

    1. That spice!! Did you use the hot jerk or mild? I always use the mild one. I am not trying to die from that heat.. hahaha. So glad he loved it though. Thanks KeKe

  5. Hi what jerk seasoning do you use?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hey,

      I usually have Grace brand stocked in my fridge. That's my go to brand. But I occasionally use JC's Boston Jerk too. Any jerk would work really. Just make sure you take a little taste of it to see how salty and hot it may be. I always use mild though... lol

      Let me know which one you got!

  6. Hey
    Do i have to use the knorr parma thing? I have all the ingredients except that one

    1. Hey hey,

      I have had one friend not use it and she said it tasted good. But I think it would be missing that flavor. You are giving me ideas though. I would see if I can come up with the substitute to be used for it. Let me know how it goes for you without!!

    2. Parmarosa sause is nothing but a creamy tomato sause and they have recipes for it online. I couldn't it in my supermarkets (went to 3) so I just made the sauce itself and added a couple of teaspoons. It was good!

  7. What exactly is Knorr Pasta Rosa and jerk seasoning? Do either of these have peppers in it? My dad is allergic to peppers. Thank you.

  8. Raeanne, Knorr Parma Rosa mix is a pink sauce made with tomatoes. THe jerk seasoning is all pepper. You would have to leave that out totally for your Dad's sake. My friend makes this without Jerk and she likes it

  9. I actually used Alfredo from the jar and added curry power, jerk seasoning and old bay. The sauce was VERY close to footprints. Hope this helps!

  10. Ahh.. I'll have to try that version Taqueena.

    Thanks for mentioning it

  11. Hello! Looks delish. How many does this serve? I'm trying to expand the recipe for additional guests, and I'd like to know how much the current recipe will feed.

  12. Hi Unknown,

    This would serve 3 people with this being the main dish.

    It can be stretched to about 4 if it's accompanied with other things.

  13. Trying this recipe today fingers crossed couldn't find the knorr sauce so I look up the pink tomato recipe

  14. Let me know Brittnay. I'm actually testing so that I can eliminate the Knorr for people who cannot find it. Shoot me an email about how it turned out for you

  15. Hi, have you tried it with coconut milk

  16. No I haven't. If you do decide to you may have to dilute the milk a bit with water. Coconut milk has heavy flavor. I think even light coconut milk can adjust the taste of things. If you do try it with it let me know how it worked out

  17. This is the second time that I am making this "rasta pasta" and decided to write a review as I am here eating it. This is sooo delicious. I just moved to Ga from ny anf although there is a footprints out here I heard it is not the same as the one on clarendon road in bk. Every time I make this it finished sooo quick. GREAT JOB on the recipe! And THANK YOU!!!

  18. I make past for my kids lunch box. i will try this.


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