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Rice Stuffed Tomatoes

When I think of comfort food from my childhood, these rice stuffed tomatoes come to mind straight away! This is a signature dish from my mom, Veronica - it has a lot of simple, comforting flavors, and it has a great stick-to-your-ribs quality while being pretty healthy. This is a great way to get kids to eat tomatoes, too - stuffed with rice, surrounded by potatoes, and topped with cheese if you desire! It makes a great main course, or a hearty side to go with proteins like grilled chicken with pesto or lemon-oregano pounded chicken.

Even better, this dish is fully vegetarian and gluten free, and if you skip the Parmesan, it's completely vegan. It's a great recipe to have on hand if you have company coming over with dietary restrictions!

rice stuffed tomatoes

Rice Stuffed Tomatoes


Main Course Side Dish

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

75 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  1. Cut the top quarter off of each of the tomatoes and reserve for later. Scoop out the pulp from the insides of the tomatoes and add to a blender. Sprinkle the tomato shells with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Season the pulp with the basil, broth, oregano, garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt. Blend on high speed until smooth, then pour the puree into a medium bowl. (You should have about 2 1/4 cups.) Add the tomato puree to the pulp puree and stir to combine. (It should yield 2 3/4 cups. If it doesn't, add more puree.) Stir in the rice.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Spread the potatoes on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss well to combine. Nestle the tomatoes into the diced potatoes. Fill each tomato almost all the way to the top with the rice filling. Place the tops back on the tomatoes. Pour any remaining filling around the tomatoes and over the potatoes. Drizzle the whole dish with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and bake until the tomatoes are blistered on the outside and the rice is cooked through, 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  4. Serve with a grating of Parmesan, if desired.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
53 grams
6 grams
18 grams
Saturated Fat
3 grams
1243 milligrams
5 grams
6 grams
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6 reviews & comments

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    Christina Nelson

    Thank you,Giada de Laurentiis.I remember,my mom made this stuffed tomatoes all the time, my young Adults Leon and Viva loved. I make it now every week I promised.Happy New Year 🥳

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    Gwyn Jones

    Tu piccola bellezza. Absolutly wonderful. Gwyn

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    Ayla Schares

    I made this for my family tonight for the first time and we all loved it – including the 1.5 year old! We will absolutely make this again. Great idea for a side dish when entertaining too.

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    Kathleen Armstrong

    We loved this recipe. It made great leftovers for lunch the next day. I certainly will make again. Best with summer ripe tomatoes.

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    Lindsey Johanson

    Loved this!! and so did the kids! Skipped the parm to make it even healthier and was still great!

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    Jessica Pena

    This is such a great dish! So easy and delicious. Made it my own by adding 1/2 an onion, more garlic and substituted some chicken bullion for salt. This is the kind of dish that will be even better the next day!

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