The versatile rasta pasta recipe is suitable for satisfying your cravings at any point in time. Apart from cheese and vegetables, rasta pasta may also have jerk chicken if you choose the Jamaican flavors and the Caribbean version of it. The popular and delicious dish includes components of Jamaican and Italian cuisine and has a great number of proteins, vitamins, and minerals to provide good nutrition.
WHAT IS IT?
A popular dish in Caribbeans, jerk chicken rasta pasta is a perfect meal for a potluck, dinner party, or a meal for a weeknight. It includes a lot of pasta along with cream sauce, chicken, and bell peppers. While you can add any kind of protein, the rasta pasta typically has chicken or shrimp. When you want to go vegetarian, you can choose vegetable protein sources. There are many variations of this complete meal. You can improve its nutrition and aesthetics when you serve it with a bit of cabbage salad along with the refreshing drink.
The jerk chicken rasta pasta recipe provided below may require up to 50 minutes of cooking time for up to 6 servings of preparation.
Product by: SmallRecipe.com
Categories: Main Meal
We have grouped the ingredients of the rasta pasta recipe under important inclusions and components of it.
GREEN SEASONING INGREDIENTS
* A chopped onion of medium size.
* 10 peeled garlic cloves.
* Habanero pepper /Scotch bonnet (small portion).
* 6 thyme stems (ensure that the leaves are removed).
* 3 tablespoons of water.
CHICKEN SEASONING INGREDIENTS
* A single medium-sized line.
* One pound of skinless and boneless chicken tenderloins that have been sliced into small pieces of approximately 2-inch sizes each.
* One tablespoon of hot-jerk seasoning (available commercially as Jamaican jerk seasoning-Hot and Spicy).
* One tablespoon of green seasoning.
* Two tablespoons of canola/avocado oil.
PASTA SEASONING INGREDIENTS
* Penne (8 ounces).
* Neutral oil (2 tablespoons).
* Half portions of green pepper, yellow pepper, and red pepper each. Cut them into small slices.
* Thinly sliced half-yellow onion.
* 3 minced garlic cloves.
* 2 spoons of Fresh thyme (remove the leaves).
* Heavy cream (2 cups)
* Paprika (half teaspoon).
* Black pepper (half teaspoon).
* Salt (half teaspoon).
* A cup of shredded Parmesan cheese.
STEPS/HOW TO MAKE RASTA PASTA
STEP 1: put water in a large pot with some salt to it (for flavoring the pasta) and cook it. For two-quarters of the water, you need one tablespoon of salt.
STEP 2: Put Scotch bonnet, garlic, onion, thyme, habanero pepper, and water in a food processor and pulse enough to obtain a thick and slightly smooth texture.
STEP 3: Put the chicken pieces in a bowl, aff some lime juice to it, and mix. Rinse with some water after a few minutes and let the chicken pieces be in the slightly acidic water for approx. 20 minutes.
STEP 4: Remove the acidic water from the bowl. Drain the chicken pieces with fresh and clean water two times. Once the chicken is dried, add to it green seasoning, hot jerk chicken seasoning, oil, and browning sauce. Mix the materials and the chicken using a tong or hands. Put plastic wrap on the bowl. Let the chicken marinate overnight or put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
STEP 5: Ensure that all water has come out of the pasta. For a rolling boil, cook it for approx. 7 minutes while stirring occasionally. Now drain the water, and cook the pasta in only a little oil. Drain the pasta and keep it aside.
STEP 6: To cook the chicken, obtain the overnight/fridge-marinated bowl and remove the wrap. Put two spoons of oil in a skillet (non-stick and deep) and heat it. Put the chicken in the skillet and sauté for approx. 10 minutes till the chicken pieces are brown. Turn the chicken pieces occasionally. Remove the skillet from heat once all the seasoning has dried and the chicken attains a temperature of approx. 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
STEP 7: Cooking vegetables is also essential. Put onion, pepper slices, garlic, and 2 spoons of oil in a skillet and sauté until the vegetables are tender. It may take around 5 minutes. Now add the chicken to the same skillet and toss it with vegetables for mixing.
STEP 8: Next step is sauce preparation. Put paprika, salt, heavy cream, and black pepper in a pan and heat until bubbles appear in the cream (approx. 5 minutes). Now put the Parmesan chees in the pot and heat and stir for 2 minutes more.
STEP 9: Add the pasta to the sauce. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. This way the pasta will absorb the sauce flavors. Add the chicken and vegetables and mix well. You can now serve the rasta pasta warm!
The recipe has 605 calories. You can have multiple servings and reduce the calories. It has 27 gm of carbohydrates, 41 gm of fat, and 35 gm of protein. It has many vitamins and minerals as well including Vitamin C and iron.
TIPS & TRICKS
Below are some useful tips that can make your cooking even more enjoyable, delicious, and useful.
* We only use a tablespoon of the green seasoning but have to make half a cup of it. You can save the remaining for later by putting it in a glass jar shield or freezing it for up to 4 weeks.
* Apart from chicken tenderloins, you can also use chicken breasts or thighs. However, the weight should be the same.
* You can also add any other flavor by replacing thyme with some other green herb you prefer.
The jerk chicken Rasta Pasta recipe is a delicious meal for everyday cooking as well as parties. Fortunately, you have the commercial jerk seasoning available to reduce your hassles and time taken in preparing the cuisine. Rasta pasta can also be a desired meal when you are looking for a food high in protein. You can replace the chicken with any other plant-based protein source if you are looking for vegetarian rasta pasta. However, ensure that you use mono-saturated oil sources like olive oil and refrain from using any saturated fat. It ensures that the meal is good for the health of your heart is well.