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Italian-Style Sausage and Rice Stuffed Baked Tomatoes

Comfort food. What images pop into your head when you read those two words? Do you think ooey gooey? Do you think comforting carbs? Do you think ooey gooey comforting carbs with a touch of vegetables so that everything balances out? Okay, now we’re on the same page.

There are times that you want to impress your family or guests with something really delicious that look like you spent hours on it (but of course you didn’t). There also are times that you want something satisfying that doesn’t break the bank or mess up the kitchen. And there are times were basically you want all of these things. 

This recipe is a combination of all of these: ooey gooey, comforting carbs, touch of vegetables, balanced, impressive, easy, satisfying and affordable. Perfect as a main course or as a supporting side dish. Your choice.  Either way, you win.


Serves 6 as side or 3 as main dish


  • 1 Riceland Enriched Long Grain Rice Premium Boil-In-Bag White Rice
  • 6 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • ¼ pound of Italian-style seasoned ground turkey or pre-cooked refrigerated seasoned turkey sausage
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pesto
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


1. Precook Riceland Boil-In-Bag rice according to package instructions, drain and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to bake 350 degrees. Grease small baking dish or similar ovenproof baking dish the size of six tomatoes.

3. Cut off top of tomatoes and scoop out insides. A grapefruit spoon with serrated edges works well, otherwise use a serrated knife and spoon to scoop. Save scooped out insides for another dish, you will not be using it for this recipe. Add tomatoes to the greased baking dish.

4. Brown turkey in skillet on medium-high heat with 1-tablespoon olive oil. Sauté until browned, approximately 10 minutes. Turn off heat.

5. In a bowl add remaining ingredients and stir.  Add turkey and cooked rice and stir.

6. Stuff tomatoes with mixture and drizzles with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

7. Bake for 60 minutes.

8. Serve and enjoy!


Blog and recipe by The Women Blogger member Lyndi Fultz of nwafoodie a hub for food happiness focuses on the simplicity of fresh ideas when it comes to the exploration of food, eating, and enjoying life.