Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe
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Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

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From Desert Hot Springs, California, Marian Ridgeway writes, “My neighbor and I used to have a friendly competition for that first ripe tomato! This side dish with orzo is always a favorite.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 6 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • Paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed tomato equals 150 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 456 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, cut a thin slice off the top of each tomato. Scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Set aside 6 tablespoons pulp for filling. Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain. Drain orzo.
  2. In a small heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the heat; stir in the cheese, basil, parsley, salt, pepper, orzo and reserved pulp. Spoon into tomatoes.
  3. Place in an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish; sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes in Light & Tasty August/September 2007, p32

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed tomato equals 150 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 456 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

All I can say is WOW. Easy to make and tastes delicious.

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Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

I made this again tonight with Quinoa instead of orzo so we would get more protein. YUM!! Again a delicious combo.

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Reviewed Jul. 10, 2011

LOVE this recipe! I didn't have any parsley and used dried basil and it was a total hit! Making it again tonight.

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Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

I made approx 1/3 recipe and used up some extra orzo from last evening. For butter I used Irish Herb butter and added a bit extra fresh basil! I added the paprika to the mixture and the extra stuffing was served along side. Very delicious!

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Reviewed May. 11, 2011

I couldn't stop eating these tomatoes! The orzo stuffing is so delicious! It's the perfect amount of flavoring that doesn't overpower the sweetness of the ripe tomatoes. It's a wonderful summer side dish. I paired it with rosemary salmon but it would be great with grilled chicken too.

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