Our family is in town as I write this. On our list today is a stop by the brand new KC Trader Joe’s and the Roasterrie for some of Christopher Elbow’s amazing chocolate-infused coffee. We are on the run, so this post will be short and stuffed-tomato delicious.

I have been hoarding my vine-ripened tomatoes just for this. The stuffed fresh herbs and bread crumbs make this a flavorful dish…and it only takes about 20 minutes to make!

We only made the 2, but the recipe I put together will be sufficient for about 6 medium sized tomatoes. I really kind of felt like these tasted like an inside out margherita pizza, these would make super fun appetizers at a party or small get together.

I was lucky too, while at the store I found that the baguettes were on sale, so I snagged one up to serve alongside these stuffed tomatoes. Luckily, I also had on hand some really good Greek olive oil I had been saving for bread dipping and one of my favorite 17-year aged balsamics.

These are a perfect little Italian meal, with fresh bold flavors and only a little bit of time. If you have 20 minutes to spare and a garden with a few herbs, these are definitely worth a try.

Well, my husband is calling for me, so I guess that means it’s time to go! Hope everyone has a great weekend!



Italian Herb & Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes


  • 6 vine ripened tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan)
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cut the tops off of the tomatoes and scoop out the mushy insides using a melon baller and set aside. Leave the thick tomato wall in tact making sure not to pierce through the skin.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl add in the tomato pulp, herbs, bread crumbs, cheese, and pepper to taste. (You can also add about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil). Mix ingredients together until mixed evenly.
  4. In a 9×13 pan line up your tomatoes and fill each with the pulp mixture. Top off with a sprinkle of olive oil. Bake for 18-22 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

Source: slightly modified from Dragon’s Kitchen recipe for Herb Stuffed Tomatoes

13 Responses to “Italian Herb & Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes”

  1. This sounds awesome and so refreshing with the fresh herbs and tomatoes!

  2. Kristina says:

    These look like a great alternative to stuffed peppers! I don’t really like baked peppers, but love the stuffing…but I love tomatoes pretty much every way. I will definitely make these. Thanks for sharing!

  3. purabi naha says:

    This looks awesome! I can have these anytime!! great combination of herbs and cheese.
    Your recipes always make me hungry…

  4. baobabs says:

    this looks delish and actually quite filling too!

  5. cindy knight says:

    Oh my do these look delish! I will pray for mother nature to speed up the tomato plants in the garden so I can make your recipe!

  6. Those photos are gorgeous! Now I’m hungry for lunch :) !

  7. Karen says:

    I agree, these are great alternative to stuffed peppers! Now if only my tomatoes in the garden would turn red!

  8. Kathleen says:

    Love these. They look absolutely delish!

  9. eliana says:

    All this deliciousness is just 20 minutes? Sign me up!

  10. Stefanie says:

    Oh wow, cheesey goodness inside tomatoess?! These look incredible!

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