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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


  • 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.


  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

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

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

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."

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."

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!"

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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