Vegan Rasta Pasta Salad

Vegan Rasta Pasta Salad

This flavorful Vegan Rasta Pasta Recipe is made with simple ingredients, creamy vegan and gluten-free penne pasta full of bold Jamaican herbs and spices and colorful bell peppers.


Vegan Rasta Pasta in A Skillet

For this recipe, I'm preparing a vegan, gluten-free version of Rasta pasta, it is another dish with its roots with the Rastari people of Jamaica, like my Ital Stew recipe.

The last time I had this recipe was on a visit to Jamaica in 2007 and we stayed at FDR Pebbles in Trelawny. The kind chef prepared all our dishes vegan and one of the delicious dishes that he prepared for us was Rasta Pasta. Unfortunately, the hotel has since closed but this recipe remains vivid in my memory.

As I looked online I was shocked to see Rasta Pasta recipes prepared with shrimp and chicken. As a Jamaican, I don't believe Rastafari are happy with their name being associated with shrimp or chicken because a true Rasta doesn't eat shrimp nor chicken.

Rasta Pasta Recipe

Facts About The Rastafari diet

The Rastafari religion and lifestyle originated in Jamaica in the 1930's, they have since spread throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. They believe in getting their food directly from the land without it containing chemical fertilizers, pesticides, preservatives,  or any additives.

Their way of eating is called Ital, meaning vitality or eating foods that give strength to one's body.  They do not eat red meat because they believe it rots inside the body. However, some do eat fish with scales because they believe it is supported by the bible. Some refuse to eat fish, and others will remove dairy and become vegans.

Most Rastafari people are strict vegetarians, vegans, and the very strict ones do not eat salt.

They cook their foods in clay pots because they believe metal pots damage the kidney and liver.

They use coconut milk in place of dairy and butter.

They use fresh herbs and spices, such as thyme, lemongrass, allspice, nutmeg plus Scotch bonnet pepper to flavor their dishes instead of salt and processed flavor additives.

My recipe strictly speaking is not Ital but it comes pretty close, however, I will include some optional ingredients though, like vegan cheese, Bragg's liquid aminos etc.

What Ingredients do I need to prepare my Rasta Pasta?

Vegan Rasta Pasta Ingredients

How To Make Rasta Pasta

To prepare the meatless Rasta Pasta recipe, I boil my pasta according to the package directions. I used Trader Joes Brown Rice Penne Pasta.

I added nutmeg and cinnamon, which I don't normally cook with but I included only a pinch each for that authentic jerk sauce flavor. I also added green bell peppers which I rarely eat, since I got an entire bag as a gift, I went ahead and include them.

If you cannot find Scotch bonnet pepper, use cayenne pepper instead. I served this dish alone but you can add baked or lightly fried soy curls, baked tofu, vegan sausage or any fake meat you like.

You can serve this dish warm or cold. Other delicious Pasta dishes to try, Vegan Mac And Cheese, Creamy Vegan Alfredo, and Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta.

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Rasta Pasta



Per portion
295 kcal / 1233 kJ
14 g
7 g
37 g


For: 6 Servings
10 min
20 min
Ready in:
30 min


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, cook pasta according to the package directions, drain and aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, green onions and cook for a minute. Stir in tomatoes, curry powder, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

  3. Add bell peppers, coconut milk, Bragg's liquid aminos, salt, Scotch bonnet pepper or cayenne pepper.

  4. Bring sauce to boil, reduce to simmer for about 5-7 minutes until sauce is thickened. Add vegan cheese and stir until melted, then stir in pasta and serve.


Rasta Pasta PIn

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  1. Nicole
    August 13, 2018

    Made the Rasta Pasta last night!! It was amazing! The whole family enjoyed it!! Thank you so much! I have made a lot of your recipes and they always turn out amazing!!

  2. Rose Robles
    August 12, 2018


    Just tried your teriyaki soy curls they were fantastic do u have anymore soy curl recipes?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 12, 2018

      Thank you Rose, if you do a search for soy curls in the search bar of the website on the home page you will see more recipes.

  3. Ebonny
    July 2, 2018

    Looks good! What are some vegan side dishes that can go with this dish?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 2, 2018

      Thank you, how about a kale salad, green beans, green peas and vegan garlic bread.

  4. Christina Kis
    May 2, 2018


    This is absolutely AMAZING! I make my own pasta w/whole wheat unbleached unprocessed flour, and add mushrooms to it. I don’t use salt, oil, & I reduce garlic. The coconut milk I use is low fat and condensed. It’s a staple in my household!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 2, 2018

      Wow Christina thank you, I love all your healthy options. Thank you for sharing your version for our readers!

  5. Ann|CookingManiac
    April 2, 2018


    I am going to make this for dinner- i pretty much have everything in stock! It looks awesome Michelle.