Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

My local grocery store, Coborn's, had some great vine on tomatoes this week. Even better, they were only 99 cents a pound as a manager's special. I had the perfect recipe in mind.

A few weeks ago, I was browsing through the used cookbook section of my Mom's store and stumbled across one called "Light Cooking: Pasta". My daughter and I are huge pasta lovers, so I took a quick peek and this recipe caught my eye. I brought it home so I could try it out asap.

I really love how these Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes turned out. I am a huge basil fan. This recipe gave me a great excuse to buy a basil plant for my patio, and use some right away to make this. It all came together quickly and would be a great side for so many meats. What could go wrong with tomatoes, garlic and pasta?? Nothing, in this case! Enjoy!!

 Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes (print recipe)

What you need:
3 ounces uncooked star or other small pasta (I found the star pasta in the Mexican foods section)
4 large tomatoes
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons mayo
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup zucchini, shredded 
2 tablespoons shredded parmesan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.

Cut tops from tomatoes. Scoop out and discard all but 1/2 cup tomato pulp. Chop and add to pasta. Place tomatoes, cut side down, on paper towels and let drain for 5 minutes.

Place basil and garlic in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add mayo and pepper, process until smooth. Combine pasta mixture, zucchini, parmesan, and basil mixture until mixed. Place tomatoes in a baking dish and fill each tomato with the pasta mixture, mounding slightly.


  1. These look so yummy. Perfect for a pool party this summer! Have a blessed week. See you next Sunday ~EMM

  2. This recipe looks delicious! We hope to see you back next week to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks for coming!! -The Sisters

  3. This looks like the perfect spring time dish.

    PS: I look forward to seeing you this week at Show Me What You Got Tuesday's at Our Delightful Home via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  4. I love fresh tomatoes:) I saw this on the Fabulous Friday Hop and knew I had to check it out. I have to try these, flavors look amazing. Now I am off to check out your Sangria Recipe:) I would also love to invite you to link up to my first ever blog hop. Hope to see you there.

    1. I hope you like them! I will have to catch your blog hop this week!

  5. What a great dish!
    I looooooooooove pesto and together with tomatoes and cheese - perfect!

  6. It is Mediterranean Diet month and I am promoting this on my site. I would love if you would share this healthy Italian dish on my foodie friday party today.

  7. I am so pleased to let you know that your recipe is being featured this week at Addicted to Recipes! I've pinned, tweeted and Facebooked the feature! C'mon by and check it out!


  8. I just love these stuffed tomatoes! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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