Barilla® Ditalini & Olive Stuffed Tomatoes

Better Together Series: Savor the flavors of fall with this fresh, Mediterranean take on roasted, stuffed tomatoes.

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Ingredients

Ingredients for 8 people

  • 1/3 box Barilla® Ditalini pasta
  • ½ jar Barilla® Marinara sauce
  • 16 round tomatoes on the vine
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives, pitted, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 anchovy (optional)
  • 4 basil leaves, cut julienne
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons Panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 375° F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. 2
    Cut the top off each tomato, carve out the inside leaving only the outer part, creating a vessel for pasta, set aside.
  3. 3
    In a skillet, sauté anchovy (optional), capers and olives with half the olive oil for about one minute, add sauce and bring to a boil.
  4. 4
    Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions and drain. Toss with marinara sauce mixture and basil, let cool down.
  5. 5
    Stir in mozzarella and fill tomatoes with pasta mixture. Mix Panko with remaining olive oil then top each tomato.
  6. 6
    Bake stuffed tomatoes until Panko is golden crispy and mozzarella is melted, about 10 minutes.

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