These baked tomatoes are filled with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese.

I purchased these beautiful tomatoes on the vine this weekend. As summer is winding down, I’m trying to buy and eat as much fresh produce as possible. For some reason though, when I saw these tomatoes, I immediately wanted to stuff and bake them. So I added some premade tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and baked them until cooked.

I cannot believe it is the last week of August. Summer is my favorite month and every year I try to savor it as much as possible, but it just seems to slip away so fast. I know we technically have a few more weeks, but with students going back to school, Labor Day, etc, it just doesn’t really feel like summer after August.

While they are a little messy from the tomato juices, these were delicious to eat and such a simple dish to prepare.


Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 4 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup pre-made marinara sauce


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350F. Slice tops of tomatoes off, about 1/4 of the way down. Hollow out middle, removing all seeds. Add 1-2 heaping tbsp of marinara sauce into each tomato until it is close to reaching the brim. Add mozzarella on top.

  2. 2. Bake about 10 minutes on top oven shelf until cheese is melted and tomatoes are cooked but still firm. Turn heat to 375F and bake an additional 5 minutes, until cheese begins to bubble and brown. Eat immediately.