Stuffed courgettes

Tamasin Day-Lewis packs a host of good things into courgettes to create a great tasting supper for any occasion
By Tamasin Day-Lewis
Stuffed courgettes
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Effort: medium


  • 90 ml olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 110 g minced pork
  • 110 g minced veal
  • 55 g cooked ham, diced
  • 1 large large tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • handfuls parsley, chopped
  • handfuls basil
  • 110 g cooked chopped spinach
  • handfuls breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • black pepper
  • 4 round courgettes
  • 100 g finely grated parmesan


1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the onion gently for 15 minutes, until softened.

2. Add the garlic, pork and veal mince. Cook until the meat is browned.

3. Place the ham, tomato, parsley, basil, spinach and breadcrumbs into a large bowl and add the egg. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

4. Slice the tops from the courgettes. Scoop out the seeds and enough flesh to leave a strong wall. Pack the courgettes with the stuffing and top with their lids. Transfer them to a gratin dish.

5. Sprinkle over the Parmesan and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the courgettes are soft when pierced carefully with a skewer. Remove from the oven and eat warm.

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