Rasta Pasta Recipe

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Rasta, Rastafarianism, and the Rastafari Movement all refer to the same religious or social movement that started in Jamaica in the 1930s. The foundations for their beliefs come from the concept of Livity, where all living things created by the Almighty Jah (God) are given and share the same life force. This means a certain lifestyle must be followed to consider yourself a true Rasta.

One part of this lifestyle is in the food they eat, referred to as Ital, pronounced I-tal, which comes from the word vital. The ‘V’ is replaced by ‘I’ to reinforce the energy connection between ‘I,’ the creator Jah, and ‘I,’ the human being. Although there are different interpretations of what Ital truly is, the key is to eat all-natural organic foods. 

With all that being said, we would like to share with you our Rasta Pasta Recipe. This recipe will be vegan in honor of the Rastafarian Movement, in keeping with the Ital concept.

This authentic rasta pasta will be a savory, comforting dish with the little kick of spice that Jamaica is known for.

Please enjoy our authentic Ital Rasta Pasta Recipe.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
60 mins
Serves
4

Ingredients

Main Dish
  • 8 ounces Dried Penne Pasta

  • 3 Tablespoons Jerk Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

  • 1 medium Yellow Onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced

  • 3 Seasoning Peppers, minced

  • 6 Medium Roma Tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 small Carrot, julienne

  • 3 Bell Peppers, julienne (Red, Yellow & Green (Rasta Colors)

  • 3 Green Onions, sliced

  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme

Instructions

Rasta Pasta

Cook the Penne Pasta in a pot of water, according to the package directions, pour out the pasta into a strainer.

Penne pasta being added to a pot of boiling water

Add the remaining olive oil and place on medium-high heat using a large heavy bottom pan or large deep skillet.

Olive oil being added to a pan

Once the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, seasoning peppers, and tomatoes, sauté for 3 minutes.

Vegetables sautéing in a pan with a wooden spoon

Stir in the jerk sauce and sauté for 1 minute.

Jerk sauce being stirred in a pan with sauteed vegetables

Add the carrot, bell peppers, dried thyme, green onions, sauté for 5 minutes.

Julienne vegetables being added to a pan

Stir and mix everything. You may add a little water to thin out the sauce if necessary.

Vegetables in a pan being stirred with a wooden spoon

Add the pasta, mix to make sure everything is coated in sauce.

Pasta tossed with a wooden spoon in a pan

Season with sea salt and pepper to taste before removing from the heat.

Seasoning being added to a pan of Rasta Pasta

Serve warm in bowls.

Close up of two bowls of Rasta Pasta
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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart