Pomodori con Riso | Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice

A wintery dish.

Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice Recipe

This recipe is really easy, and I love the textures. Served with a salad, or some roasted or baked vegetables, it is a delicious meal.

Stuffed vegetables went out with the Ark, but are coming back now. The rice is cooked in the juice and internal flesh of the tomatoes which adds a wonderful taste to the rice.

A Social Photographer once quipped “Life is too short to stuff tomatoes.” I am not sure what she was referring to, but I happen to like stuffed tomatoes.

Are you looking for Stuffed Tomato recipes? Try Tomatoes Stuffed with Feta and Basil, Tomatoes Gratinéed with Cheese, and Tomatoes Stuffed with Olives and Ricotta.

We have many Tomato recipes. Our favourites are Confit Tomatoes, Tomato Lassi and Tomato Salad with Garlicky Mayo, and Tomato Bharta.

You can browse all of our Tomato recipes here. Or see all of our Stuffed dishes here. Get some inspiration from our Mid Autumn recipes.

Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice Recipe

Pomodori con Riso – Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice

Source : inspired by Twelve: A Tuscan Cookbook
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins
Serves: 3 – 6 people, depending how you use it

6 ripe round tomatoes, medium sized
5 Tblspns olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
250g long-grain rice (e.g. basmati)
1 cup water
1 stalk celery
4 Tblspn grated parmesan cheese
12 basil leaves or sprig of rosemary
breadcrumbs (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180C. Slice the tops off of the tomatoes and set aside. Carefully, scoop out the flesh of the tomatoes with a spoon, taking care not to break the tomato shells.

Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice Recipe

Put the tomato shells into a baking dish, without overlapping and leaving a little space between. Using a little salt, season inside and outside the shells.

Puree the tomato flesh with a stick blender or in a blender.

Heat 2 Tblspns of the oil in a small saucepan with the garlic. Add the rice and the celery, and stir in the oil for a minute. Add half a cup of water and the tomato puree and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.

Remove from the heat, add the parmesan and the basil and stir through gently.

Fill the tomato shells with the mixture. The rice will swell a little during cooking so do not overfill the tomatoes. Replace the tomato tops and splash with a little more oil. If desired, sprinkle the tops of the tomatoes with breadcrumbs.

Add the remaining half cup of water to the oven dish. Cook in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, until the rice is cooked, most of the liquid has been absorbed, and the outside of the tomatoes are lightly and gorgeously golden.

Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice Recipe

recipe notes
Replace the water with some dry white wine.

Add some autumnal vegetables to the dish as it baked. Some large green onions. Strips of long capsicum which was red and green. A couple of garlic cloves. A sprig of rosemary.

Drizzle home made garlic oil  over the tomatoes before they bake.

Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice Recipe

22 thoughts on “Pomodori con Riso | Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice”

  1. this is gorgeous. can’t wait to try it when our tomatoes ripen.

    Hi bee, hope they ripen soon! That wait is an anxious one – when I used to grow my own even tho tomatoes would be available in the shops, the home grown ones don’t ripen until near Xmas (ie 3 weeks into summer). It is a long wait…

  2. this is sooo yummy! i will try for sure 🙂 thanks for sharing the recipe

    Thanks, sangeeth, perfect for Autumn or Spring, I think.

  3. What a lovely meal!
    The pics are beautiful as always. 🙂

    This is going to be standard fare at my place now. It is quite delish. Thanks for your lovely comment, TBC. I am so grateful for your support. Each comment makes my day happier.

  4. this looks so delicious! will try it soon.
    btw, how long do you have to put the tomatoes in the oven after you put in the filling?

    Well spotted. Thank you so very much for reading so carefully. I will adjust the post.

  5. Post very interesting, congratulations, a cordial greeting from the south of Italy

    Greetings to you also Melandroweb. Thank you for your lovely comment.

  6. They look so beautiful. I like these and green bell peppers stuffed with spiced potatoes, but my husband and daughter don’t.:(

    I love the sound of the capsicums stuffed with spicy potatoes – yum! Your family sure is missing out. I love these tomatoes, and the texture of the rice against that of the tomatoes.

  7. My problem is that I hate tomatoes. That’s pretty weird for a italian immigrant.

    We all have different tastes, i guess – me, I could not live without them.

  8. I saw your tomatoes on TasteSpotting, and I just love that this retro way of cooking is coming back! By the way, the spring onions I see in the baking dish photo–in the U.S. we call them scallions or spring onions. What we call shallots in the U.S. are small onions with brown skin and purplish flesh.

    Thanks for your comment and the info, Shawn. I will adjust the post. I love rustic cooking – it never went out of fashion in my kitchen, except perhaps I have not stuffed vegetables for a while….

  9. For me, rice is a basic and so is tomatoe… you made a simple and fantastic dish! Very nice 😀

    Hi Nuria, I agree. where would we be without either?

  10. this sounds absolutely delicious! I put a link to this post on my blog today. you have a beautiful blog.

    Wow, thank you so much. Your photo of the tomatoes is wonderful.

  11. I like the idea of the rice cooking in the tomato. I have some friends who really don’t like stuffed veggies, but I’m a big fan and this is fantastic!

  12. Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

    I’m Out! 🙂

  13. Excellent Ganga I also love this dish it was cooked for me by a wonderful Italian friend in Roma last summer, the kind and caring Stella. Her version was a little different and always delicious. She baked them surrounded with potatoes. And yes indeed Yummie as yours look. Your photos are always luxurious!

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