Stuffed Courgettes

I used round courgettes for this recipe bit you could use long ones cut in half. I haven’t given quantities for the ingredients as it will very much depend on the size of the courgettes.




  • Courgettes
  • Onion - chopped finely
  • Red Pepper - diced
  • Minced beef
  • Clove of garlic - grated
  • Mushrooms - chopped
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Basil - chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan cheese - grated
  • Sunflower oil to fry




  1. Cut the top off the courgette and also take a thin slice from the bottom so the courgette will stand without wobbling.
  2. Place in an ovenproof dish
  3. Scoop out the centre of the courgette leaving flesh to form a shell.
  4. Add a small amount off sunflower oil to a pan and fry the chopped onions, red pepper and garlic until the onions are softened.
  5. Add mushrooms and minced beef.
  6. Cook until the beef is browned.
  7. Add basil and ketchup.
  8. Season to taste
  9. Spoon filling into the courgette cups until the top of the filling is level with the top of the shell.
  10. In a bowl combine the breadcrumbs and grated parmesan.
  11. Pile of top of each filled courgette shell
  12. Cook for about 30 minutes in oven at 180ºC or Gas Mark 4




There are many ways in which this recipe can be varied - different types of pepper including chilli peppers can be used in the filling.

  • Different herbs can be used
  • Passata or homemade tomato sauce could be used instead of tomato ketchup or you could add Worcestershire sauce.
  • Parmesan could be substituted for a different cheese such as Mozzarella.


NB I have also used a recipe that uses cooked ham and mushrooms as a filling click here for more details


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