Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe
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Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

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I learned to put an Italian twist on my cooking after getting married since my husband is of Italian descent. I don't have many occasions to cook anymore. But when I'm expecting company, this is the dish I'll likely prepare.—Marion Amonte, Hingham, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 large tomatoes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 pound Swiss cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 294 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 634mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. Cut a thin slice off the top of each tomato and discard; remove core. Carefully scoop out and reserve pulp, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain. Chop reserved pulp.
  2. In a large skillet, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Add the rice, parsley, basil, salt, pepper and tomato pulp; heat through. Remove from the heat; stir in cheeses.
  3. Spoon into tomato shells. Place in a greased shallow baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p215

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cocoalady User ID: 6551144 43611
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2012

"Will make this again this week! It was a super hit and used the leftover stuffing for sandwiches which were also great! I used Lundberg's Wild Rice Blend, buffalo and fresh basil. Used shredded Swiss cheese since that is what I had. a touch of hot sauce would be good too."

peanutz1346 User ID: 6055683 88881
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"Hi! Let me say how much I enjoyed this recipe! Not bad at all, thanks for sharing. But I admit that usual rice doesn't have that much taste, that's why I would recommend my favorite brand of basmati rice Diamond Pearl Foods Aromatic Indian Basmati Rice. Once cooked it stays really compact so that basmati really changed the whole dish and gave a kind of nutty flavor.. Loved it! Try!"

KissCalla7 User ID: 5411596 46966
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"I improved this recipe by making it with the following ingredients

6 large home-grown tomatoes
1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
1 cup cooked whole grain rice
3 cloves minced garlic
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh minced basil
1 tsp fresh minced oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup Italian Blend Cheese
It was delicious! I'll definitely be making it again!"

JOTeague User ID: 3086230 27897
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2009

"Neat recipe! Super taste and presentation!"

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