Stuffed Campari Tomatoes

I am trying to stretch summer out as long as possible before I break down, get out my pumpkin spice candle and start cooking mashed potatoes and gravy. That is why when I went to the grocery store on Sunday I happened to pick up what seemed about every kind of fresh tomato they had. I bought grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, regular vine ripened tomatoes and some very lovely, sweet campari tomatoes. It was the first time that I purchased campari tomatoes but it won’t be the last especially if I keep stuffing them with toasted bread crumbs and a little arugula walnut pesto.

Campari tomatoes are bigger than cherry tomatoes but smaller than your standard tomato. They are perfect for little bite size appetizers such as these. And they couldn’t be any easier. Simply remove the insides and stuff them with a little toasted bread crumbs, garlic, olive oil and arugula walnut pesto. The result is a sweet burst of summer flavor.

Stuffed Campari Tomatoes Recipe


  • 6 campari tomatoes
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan or romano cheese



Preheat oven to 350


Cut the tops off the tomatoes. Gently remove the flesh and seeds inside and reserve 1 tablespoon. Season the cavity of the tomatoes lightly with salt and pepper.


Place olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and bread crumbs. Cook until bread crumbs are toasted. About 2 minutes.


In a bowl combine bread crumbs, reserved tomato juices, and pesto. Mix well.


Spoon mixture into tomatoes. Sprinkle cheese on top. Place in preheated oven and cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until the top has browned slightly and the tomatoes have softened.


Transfer to serving platter. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.



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    December 12, 2012 at 6:55 am

    This recipe was awful. Way too many bread crumbs, to start. I followed recipe to a T. Take half of the breadcrumbs out, replace with cheese.

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    May 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I still dont know what kind of tomatoes campari’s are that is what the recipe calls for.Margaret

    • Reply
      May 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Hey Margaret- Campari are a small tomato. They are bigger than cherry tomatoes but smaller than a Roma or vine ripened tomato.

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    Cooker T.
    March 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Try this — prepair campari and make a cavity. Pan toast some panko bread crumbs, and pan toast some pine nuts. Stuff campari and top with parm. cheese. Into oven 325 f. till cheese gets golden brown. It’s a winner.

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    annmarie heldt
    October 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I have stuffed these tomatoes with a mixture of goat cheese and blue cheese–they are terrific!

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    September 3, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I do stuffed peppers often, but I am sooooo trying this!

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    August 27, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I love this pesto stuffing. Delicious!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown
    August 25, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I definitely want to try to play with this recipe myself!

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    August 25, 2010 at 7:37 am

    What a cute idea. Never heard of campari tomatoes. I’ll look for them.

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