I was looking for unique tomato recipes and I came across the idea of a roasted pesto-stuffed tomato.  I love pesto, but if you stuff a large tomato with just pesto, you will have an overly salty/oily/basil-y dish.  Perhaps this would work with very small tomatoes, but not with the ones I had grown.

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Roasted pesto-sutffed tomatoes

Luckily I had just made a batch of almond-basil pesto from the basil I was growing, so I had that on hand to start with!

I made a simple modification– I added shredded zucchini to the pesto and a little bit of minced mixed/spicy pepper to a pan, cooked it up, added pesto and the innards of the tomatoes I hollowed out, and then stuffed the tomatoes with that.  I topped it with a little Parmesan cheese.

 

Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes
  • Pesto
  • Shredded zucchini (or squash), with excess water squeezed out of it
  • Parmesan or other cheese
  • minced bell or spicy peppers (Optional)

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Slice the top off each of your tomatoes and hollow them out carefully.  Discard the seeds and pulp, but keep the firmer fleshy parts.

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hollowed out tomato

Grate or food process a zucchini or squash and squeeze out any excess water.  If you leave the water in it, the result will be soggy.

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Shredded zucchini

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Almond-basil pesto

In a bowl, combine zucchini, minced bell or spicy pepper (optional), pesto, and the diced innards of your tomatoes.

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Zucchini-pesto mixture for stuffing

Stuff the tomatoes with the zucchini/pesto mixture.  Top with grated cheese.

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Stuffed zucchini-pesto tomatoes

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese begins to brown.  You can let these roast for as long or as little as you like.

Enjoy!  I had these with my squash-noodle pasta topped with  homemade bolognese sauce and a delicious rosemary roll from Atwaters :).

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Roasted pesto-stuffed tomatoes with squash noodles and homemade bolognese

 

 

August 14, 2011