Stuffed Tomatoes For Lunch Or Dinner

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 34m
Ready In

"These stuffed tomatoes are a meal in themselves and good to serve for lunch or light dinner with a side salad. It is great to use with summer tomatoes when they are at their best, but good too with good quality supermarket vine ripened tomatoes. Source: Open-House Cookbook"

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (412.6 g)
  • Calories 378.2
  • Total Fat - 23.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 82.3 mg
  • Sodium - 369.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 25.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.9 g
  • Sugars - 8.1 g
  • Protein - 18.2 g
  • Calcium - 219.9 mg
  • Iron - 2.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 40.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step 1

Slice the tops off the tomatoes and discard. Using a spoon or small paring knife, remove the pulp from the tomatoes and reserve pulp setting it aside.

Step 2

Sprinkle the inside of each tomato shell with salt and pepper. Invert the shells onto paper towels and let drain for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add the sausage and cook, crumbling the meat with a fork or wooden spoon into small pieces, just until the meat begins to lose its pink color. Stir in the reserved tomato pulp and the vinegar; simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

Step 5

Reduce the heat to low and stir in the rice, basil, and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes and remove from heat.

Step 6

Lightly beat the egg and stir it into the filling mixture. Stir in pine nuts (or walnuts), half the mozzarella, and half the Parmesan.

Step 7

Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.

Step 8

Place the tomato shells in a baking dish just large enough to hold them.

Step 9

Spoon the filling into the shells, mounding it slightly on top. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake the tomatoes for 25-30 minutes.

Step 10

Serve slightly warm or a room temperature.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Delightful lunch! The smell coming from the kitchen was fantastic. After I put them in the oven I realized I forgot to add the egg. I used Yamani rice and walnuts. Tasted like summer =)

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(7 Oct 2016)