ARANYAKA's picture

Dec. 29, 2008

My husband and I have been looking for a GOOD Italian restaurant.After reading few reviews we went to this restaurant called TROPEA RISTORANTE ITALIANO.Great find for an authentic Italian food.Everything tasted so good and the quantity was enormous.Our main course was Rigatoni zii Teresa made with Chicken,Artichokes,Pin nuts,cream,pesto and Parmigiano.I love this entree and tried it at home.(Changed few things tho!!)


Butter 2 Tablespoon
Julienned onions 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm)
Julienned chicken breast 1/2 Pound
Cayenne pepper 1 Tablespoon
Buitoni sea shells pasta 6 Ounce
Pesto sauce 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Grated parmigiano cheese 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Roasted pine nuts 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Basil leaves 1 Bunch (100 gm)
Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm)
Pine nuts 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
Olive oil 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Freshly ground pepper 1 Teaspoon
Salt To Taste


1.Heat the butter in a large skillet.Add chopped onions,garlic.

2.Add chicken,salt and cayenne pepper to skillet and saute for 5-10 minutes.

3.Cook the pasta according to package direction.Just before draining the pasta into a colander,remove 1/4 cup of pasta water and set aside.

4.Toss pasta into the chicken mixture

5.Add the pesto sauce and stir.

6.Finally pour the pasta into serving bowl and garnish with roasted pine nuts and grated Parmigiano cheese.

Method for Pesto Sauce:

1.Grind the basil, garlic,ground pepper and pine nuts with a pinch of salt.

2.Mix in the cheese. Add olive oil little at a time mixing well with each addition so that the sauce binds together (for a thicker sauce add less oil).

3.Check for seasoning and adjust

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1736Calories from Fat 1376

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 158 g243.1%

Saturated Fat 33 g165%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 1410 mg58.75%

Total Carbohydrates 55 g18.3%

Dietary Fiber 7 g28%

Sugars 5 g

Protein 26 g52%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet