Savory Tomato and Olive Oatmeal

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


1 serving

Updated: Nov. 15, 2023
Who says oatmeal has to be sweet? I love this recipe because it starts my day in a healthy, fulfilling way. The fresh garlic, tomatoes and basil are bright notes in a breakfast that keeps me satisfied until lunch. The oatmeal gives me protein and fiber, and I add a splash of extra virgin olive oil at the end for heart health. —Roland McAmis Jr., Greeneville, Tennessee
Savory Tomato and Olive Oatmeal Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 Greek olives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • Optional: Additional chopped fresh basil, grated Parmesan cheese, sunny-side up large egg and additional virgin olive oil


  1. In a small saucepan, bring broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in tomato, oats and garlic; reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in olives and basil. Add toppings as desired.
Savory Oatmeal Tips

What else can you put in savory oatmeal?

You can top savory oatmeal with some diced avocado and crumbled feta cheese, and add some fresh or dried herbs like oregano or parsley to the mixture. Feel free to add additional protein, like cooked Italian pork sausage or cooked ground chicken. If you’d prefer sweeter oatmeal add-ins, try our recipe for apple cinnamon oatmeal, and check out more of our favorite oatmeal recipes.

How else can you cook savory oatmeal?

To make savory oatmeal in the microwave, combine all the ingredients besides the olives and basil in a microwaveable bowl and cook for 1-1/2 or 2 minutes, until oats are cooked. When it’s done, add the olives and basil on top.

Can you use other kinds of oats to make savory oatmeal?

Feel free to use 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats or 1/4 cup steel-cut oats instead of quick oats in this recipe—be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly. If using steel-cut oats, give them a long head start before adding the tomato and other ingredients. Learn more about all the different types of oats!

Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups: 222 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 761mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.