Orzo Stuffed Tomatoes

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Am I the only human who has not jumped on the Olympics train?

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It’s not because I lack patriotism. It’s because I lack skill. I have never & will never be 1/4 as good at anything as these people are at extreme sports.

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I simply can’t relate to them. They like to push their bodies to the limits for fun. I like to push my body face down in a mattress.

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I did, however, have high hopes of a being a figure skater at one point. I was watching the olympics over waffles one morning and saw how graceful and cute the leotardsΒ were. I was like, “Ma, I want to be a figure skater.” She was all, “Sorry you’re too old.” I was 5 years old at this time. I also wanted to be a gymnast for about 2.5 seconds. Well, to clarify, I wanted to be a cheerleader. I thought boys would like me, I don’t know. Ma took me a gymnastics studio to sign me up for a class. I looked around and saw a little girl fall off of the balance beam & I was like, “Nah let’s roll.”

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So, yeah, go Team USA!


Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 6 tomatoes


  • 6 beefsteak tomatoes, rinsed
  • 1 cup of orzo
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of tomato puree
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. of dried parsley
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Cut tops off of tomatoes + scoop out (hand is the best tool) all of the tomato innards, try to get as much juice + guts out as possible
  • Meanwhile, cook orzo to al dente, drain
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook for 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add tomato puree + crushed red pepper + onion salt + basil + parsley + S+P, simmer another 3-4 minutes
  • Add drained orzo + combine well, adjust seasoning to taste
  • Arrange tomatoes in a greased baking dish
  • Scoop some of the orzo into each tomato
  • Top with some of the cheese
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tomatoes are slightly roasted + tops of stuffing are golden
  • Serve warm
  • Take two tomatoes + cover ears with them + tell friends you are Princess Leia

23 thoughts on “Orzo Stuffed Tomatoes

  1. ggstratton says:

    WOW….YUM!!!! I love orzo…but I don’t love Olympics either. Never have watched it but saw that they have White Water Rafting as a sport. Wondering how they judge that…..Really? Have a great day πŸ™‚


  2. suziegoesvegan says:

    I have never been a fan of Olympics and do not watch it even if sportsmen from my country are on TV so I understand you completely πŸ™‚ And the meal looks amazing!


  3. Natascha's Palace says:

    Love this recipe! Just delicious! I haven’t jumped on the Olympic train either. I enjoyed them as a child but now all the doping and fiasco of Brazil has turned me off. πŸ˜‘ Thanks for sharing this!!!


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