Made this up years ago, using up some tomatoes we had grown. I used rice in the original recipe, but now I substitute Quinoa for the rice. You can use rice, just be sure it is an equal amount of precooked rice. I also use fresh basil now, but originally used dried.
You can also do this in smaller tomatoes, to use as appetizers.
1Cut the stem ends out of the tomatoes and scoop out the pulp, leaving about a 1/2" shell. Remove seeds from the pulp, but save and chop any usable pulp.
2Mix together the cooked quinoa, tomato pulp, garlic, onion, ricotta cheese, parmesan, basil, Italian seasoning, and a little salt and pepper to taste. Stuff this mixture into the tomato shells. This mixture should fill at least 4 tomatoes, but depending on the size of your tomatoes you may need to adjust the amount you put inside each one.
3Arrange the tomatoes in a baking dish with sides touching, as it helps them stand upright. Another trick to getting them to stand upright is to nestle each tomato inside a half-inch ring of sliced onion or green pepper. It also makes the dish pretty.
4Bake at 350° about 30 minutes, until tomatoes are soft and well done. You may top each tomato with a little alfredo sauce during the last 5 minutes of baking if you like, or you may pour the heated sauce over them after the tomatoes are on the serving plate.