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Troffie with Ventresca Tuna

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  • Author: Chef Alain Allegretti
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 1x


Chef Alain Allegretti reveals the recipe for one of his restaurant’s signature dishes.


  • 3 Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 5 (141.7 g) oz extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp (15 grams) tomato paste
  • pint (.236 L) cherry tomatoes
  • 1 oz (28.35 g) capers, drained
  • 1 oz (28.35 g) olives, pitted and halved
  • 1 oz (28.35 g) preserved lemons, diced
  • 1 oz (28.35 g) parsley, chopped
  • 1 oz (28.35 g) pecorino cheese, grated
  • 1 pound (.453 kg) troffie pasta
  • 12 cans of ventresca tuna


  1. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and put on a sheet pan. Toss tomatoes in 2-ounce olive oil, 3 sprigs of thyme and 1 chopped clove of garlic. Roast in a 225-degree oven for 1 ½ hours. After cool, dice tomatoes into small cut.
  2. Boil a pot of water and drop the heirloom tomatoes in for about 20 seconds each and then place in a bowl of ice water to cool. Remove skin from tomatoes and quarter them. Seed the tomatoes and strain liquid into separate bowl. Then continue to dice tomatoes into small pieces and place in bowl with juices, discard seeds.
  3. Brown remaining 2 cloves of garlic in 2-ounce olive oil for 2 minutes, then add diced onions and sweat together for 3-4 minutes. Add tomato paste, diced heirloom tomatoes with juices and diced cherry tomatoes to onions and garlic and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  4. Drop the pasta into a pot of boiling water and cook until just al dente.
  5. Fry capers in 1 ounce olive oil till crisp then add tomato sauce mixture, olives, lemon and parsley. Drop in pasta and toss.
  6. Plate the pasta mixture and top with pieces of tuna and shaved cheese.
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
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