Stuffed Tomatoes

These stuffed tomatoes are everything you could want in a late summer meal…. fresh, filling, healthy. They are easily adaptable too! Think of Stuffed Tomatoes as you would Stuffed Peppers… they work basically the same way! I wanted to go full-out Italian so I stuffed these with the same type things I would use if I were making a nice bowl of summer pasta!

Italian Stuffed Tomatoes

  • 4 – 6 large vine ripened tomatoes
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup frozen (defrosted/drained) spinach
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 cup pesto (garlic pesto if you have it)
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic (if you are using a basil pesto – with garlic pesto: omit)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Basil (or about a dozen fresh leaves)
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregeno
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste

Prepare rice according to package directions. Cool rice a little bit, then mix in all of the rest of your ingredients (except tomatoes). Cut the tops off of your tomatoes & scoop out the insides (put them aside – they are perfect for making soup/salsa/juice/sauce). Stuff your mixture into the tomatoes, top with some mozzarella or fresh grated parmesan & place them in a lbaking/casserole dish. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… what foods do you like stuffed (chicken, mushrooms, pepper, etc) and what do you like to stuff them with!?


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