How to Make Ricotta-Basil Stuffed Tomatoes

List: Posted: 03/05/12

Everyone today seems to want to eat healthier, and a great way to do that is to add some vegetarian food to your weekly menu.  If you love tomatoes, you may want to try ricotta-basil stuffed tomatoes.  You don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy this dish.

This vegetarian dish is easy to make, and can serve a large family. 


You will need:


2 eggs

8 large tomatoes

One-fourth a cup of chopped red onion

One-fourth a cup of chopped basil

1 cup of ricotta cheese (low fat)

1 clove of minced garlic

1 cup of corn (from a can)

1 cup of diced zucchini

Parmesan cheese.



While preparing this dish, first heat your oven to 350 degrees. 


Carefully slice off the tops of the tomatoes and use a spoon to remove the center.  You want to have something resembling a bowl when you are done.  Keep the insides for later.  


Stir the eggs and the ricotta in a bowl until the mixture is smooth, and then add the onion, basil, garlic, two tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, corn, zucchini, and the removed tomato pulp.  Stir until it is well-mixed.

Take each of your tomato shells and fill it with the mixture.  You can add a dash of Parmesan to the top of the stuffed tomato if you would like.  You could also add a couple of slices of zucchini to the top of the tomatoes before you bake them. 


Bake the tomatoes for about 45 minutes, or until the tops are nicely browned.

Being a vegetarian doesn’t mean that you have to have boring meals.  These ricotta-basil stuffed tomatoes prove that vegetarian cuisine is great, and tastes even better than many meals with meat!

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