Common Ground Food Co-Op: Tomatoes stuffed with Pesto & Orzo
Stuffed Tomatoes with Pesto & Orzo:
8 medium to large ripe tomatoes
1 8-ounce package orzo pasta
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juice & zest
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1 cup fresh spinach, finely chopped
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Cook the orzo according to the package directions, drain well and refrigerate until cold. In a large bowl, mix together the chilled orzo, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, basil, spinach, pine nuts, garlic, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
Wash and core the tomatoes, then scoop out the seeds and some of the flesh to make a space for the orzo mixture. Slice a small section from the bottom of the tomato so it will sit upright. Fill each of the tomatoes with a few tablespoons of the orzo mixture, sprinkle with shredded Parmesan and serve room temperature or chilled.