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Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spoon into tomato shells. Place in a greased shallow baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 294 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 634mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • cocoalady
    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
    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
    Sep 5, 2010

    I improved this recipe by making it with the following ingredients6 large home-grown tomatoes1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained1 cup cooked whole grain rice3 cloves minced garlic¼ cup olive oil2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley1 tablespoon fresh minced basil1 tsp fresh minced oregano1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon pepper1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese1 cup Italian Blend CheeseIt was delicious! I'll definitely be making it again!

  • JOTeague
    Mar 12, 2009

    Neat recipe! Super taste and presentation!

  • astiles78
    Oct 16, 2006

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