Almost FootPrints Rasta Pasta

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

Rasta Pasta Recipe

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 my growth with my picture taking and blogging on the whole

This recipe continues to be the 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 so that I could come back later and remake whenever I wanted to. I never then, though that now I would be actively sharing recipes continuously.

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 lot better. You can also now use chicken or shrimp (and lobster would be another great option).

The method has not changed at all. It is still an easy recipe for a very tasty dish.

How to make rasta pasta

I ran into rasta pasta first at a Caribbean restaurant in Brooklyn called Footprints. It was yummy!! I had to figure out this dish since I knew I would want it over and over again. And since I didn't live in Brooklyn, it was a must do.

A few people have seen the "Rasta" in the title (short for Rastafarian) and mentioned that this should have no meat. The premise of the dish is not for the contents of the dish but for the colors (red, green and gold)

What I love about this recipe is that you can make it with or without meat. I've added chicken, had chicken on the side and even used shrimp. This makes it great for people who may not want to have chicken to just have the pasta.


I slightly bake my peppers for a bit before adding to the dish so that it has that fresh, crisp feel instead of it just being cooked all the way down in the dish.

Much is not needed for this recipe. Chicken, pasta, cheese, bell peppers, jerk seasoning, garlic, knorr parma rosa (Target now carries this regularly) and green onions. It's one of my easier one pot dishes. Not as tricky as my Pelau recipe but just as tasty and easy as my Cuban yellow rice.

Things come together pretty quickly so I do suggest you get all your ingredients measured out and waiting prior to starting to cook, which is a best practice that I sometimes don't always follow. Sometimes I'm scampering trying to find things at the last minute. Ugh

Just getting these things mixed together excites me and then voila.. your rasta pasta is complete.

And is sooo yummy!


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

INGREDIENTS:

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

INSTRUCTIONS:

For Chicken Breast
  1. Season chicken with green seasoning or as you usually would.
  2. Add jerk seasoning
  3. Let sit. (can sit overnight)
  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 (At this time you can also place the bell peppers (coated in olive oil, salt & Black pepper) in the oven for about 15 minutes)
  6. Add half of pasta to pot with milk mix
  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. If you are using a meat (chicken or shrimp) add to dish now. 
  11. Add bell peppers, remaining pasta and a little more milk if all liquid has disappeared
  12. 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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32 comments

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

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    1. Hi Sorry Taqueena,

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

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

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    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

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    2. You can definitely go for coconut milk instead.

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  3. Hello.

    How much jerk seasoning do I add to pasta?

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    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.

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  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..

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    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

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  5. Hi what jerk seasoning do you use?

    Thanks in advance

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    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!

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

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    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!!

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    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!

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  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.

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  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

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  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!

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

    Thanks for mentioning it

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  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.

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  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.

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

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  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

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  15. Hi, have you tried it with coconut milk

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  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

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  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!!!

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

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  19. Hi. I'm confused here.

    Add half pack of Parma Rosa powder to pastaAdd half of cheese and stir well.
    Add rest of Parma Rosa and cheese and mix well, making sure that all clumps are dissolved.
    Add half of pasta and stir. ??

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    1. Yes.. don't add everything at once it would become clumpy.. SO add half the parma rosa, mix, add cheese, mix, add parma rosa again, and rest of cheese. It's just to ensure there are no clumps of the powder there. Then add the rest of pasta to sauce.

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  20. Wow! Never thought of putting jerk spice with cheese, but I'll bet it's amazing!!

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  21. Made this receipe today for the first time with shrimp. I added 1/2 a pack of coconut milk powder mix and butter to the pasta. Since I used the mild jerk sauce, I added a little crushed red pepper flakes. It came out GREAT!

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    1. Ohh that's a great idea to use the powder. That flavor is not as strong as some of these tin ones. Thanks for commenting JMC

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