Savory Baked Tomatoes with Ricotta

What do you need:  a delicious appetizer, a side dish, a main course?  These baked tomatoes can easily fill the bill for any of the three!

This warm dish unites tomatoes with the savory taste of spinach, garlic, ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses.  

The tomatoes aren’t stuffed so that means you don’t need extra preparation time to scoop out the pulp and seeds.  The cheese topping sits proudly on top of the tomato halves for a quick tasty dish that looks pretty too after being baked.

This is the perfect dish for your bumper crop of tomatoes.  

It’s a simple recipe for any meal of your choice ~ how about breakfast?  YUM!

On the left no Parmigiano-Reggiano yet/and with it  on the right~ ready for the oven

Baked Tomatoes with Ricotta


2 tomatoes
6 tablespoons ricotta cheese
½ cup chopped fresh spinach
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon seasoned pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut tomatoes in half crosswise.
Combine ricotta cheese, spinach, garlic, thyme and pepper.
Top each tomato half with about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture.
Sprinkle Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over top.
Bake 15-20 minutes or until cheese turns golden.

These cheesy tomatoes are GREAT!!!

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips, recipes.  


  1. this sounds like a perfect brunch for this Sunday!

  2. Great idea, Pam! I would love to have this dish with anything. It is a simple recipe that looks complicated when you see the picture. A great way to impress guests!

  3. This sounds like one more delicious way to enjoy our tasty local tomatoes!! Most especially so in our lovely cool days.


  4. Delicious! I have more tomatoes than I know what to do with right now, so I'll be trying this!

  5. Pam this dish look amazing and delicious!! gloria

  6. I love this kind of dish. Simple and tasty. Diane

  7. You are so right.Thsi could be any meal and that is why I love it.Looks great aswell:)

  8. Claudia, yes, it would be great!

    Linda, you're right! Easy, easy!

    Bonnie, we really enjoy these tomatoes, so good!

    BigAppleNosh, you'll love it! Perfect for your tomato supply!

    Gloria, thanks! Have a good weekend!

    Mr. Bill, gotta' love those keepers! Thanks!

    The Fajdich Times, thanks and I hope you try this!

    jose manuel, gracias! Me encanta este!

    Diane, yes, simple, easy and good!

  9. Dzoli, thanks! Yes, they're so easy, any meal would be great!

  10. Pam, Great idea! A fairly simple yet luscious side dish added to our recipe files. Thanks and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  11. Sounds like a fabulous and tasty dish! I haven't got a bumper crop this year. But I did have a bumper crop last year when everyone else was having a terrible crop, so I just must be on the off year. We did make our first tomato dish the other night and how happy I was. I will give this one a try. Yum, with some crusty bread, that is all I would need.

  12. Pam it was great to meet Roz and see all the animals. Like me you are used to thoroughbreds.
    Yes they are cosmos Pam, they came from a mixed packet of mixed seed, but I am collecting seed now for next year. These plants are between 5 foot and 5' 6" tall. In South Africa they just grow wild and the sides of the roads are a mass of them in summer, simply gorgeous. Diane

  13. Hmmm....yummm.... This is a perfect Sunday brunch! Will try it soon.
    Hope you're enjoying your day.

  14. Fantastic recipe for my tomatoes; love spinach so this is a great combination.

  15. David, yes, that's what's great too, they're easy!

    Jacqueline, it's "funny" how crops can be different from year to year; so many variables. Bet your dish was good!

    Diane, lucky you with the cosmos! They are beautiful. They bloomed beautifully in Louisville but just not the same here.

    Kristy, I hope you try it and like it!

    Rita, it's great with the spinach. Have a good weekend!

  16. What a delicious-looking dish! I love the browned cheesy top.

  17. I am going to try these-tomatoes are my favourite.

  18. SavoringTime in the Kitchen, thank you!

    Esme, great! Enjoy!

  19. Hi Pam,
    These cheesy tomatoes look like the perfect way to use all of those beautiful, ripe tomatoes. Thanks for sharing and following my blog.

  20. Oh yeah! You totally have my attention here. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a whole week straight without getting bored - love it and definitely making it tomorrow morning, YUM!!

  21. Sounds delicious Pam. I could eat tomatoes morning, noon and night everyday for the rest of my life.

  22. Pam, I'm trying to soak up as many tomato recipes as I can. This looks heavenly! I hope you are having a restful and happy Sunday. I'm just pulling out a batch of banana bread. Thank you for sharing with me!

  23. That looks fantastic Pam!!!! Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I think you read my mind, Pam. This is just the recipe I'm looking for for tonight's dinner. I have all the ingredients so am set to go. Thanks.

  25. Pam, this say me all over it! I am so surprised I have not made this before1 Thanks!

  26. They do look GREAT! So yummy, my husband would adore them :)

  27. My husband would love this...I would at least try it and see, but it does look good.

  28. I love everything about these tomatoes - delicious!

  29. I love warm tomatoes with bubbling cheese on top!! YUM!!!

  30. These look delish! We've gotten a handful of tomatoes, but the majority won't be ripe for another few weeks!

  31. These are perfect with our ripening garden tomatoes on tap :)


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