2 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
½ tsp crushed chillies
½ tsp allspice
½ tsp nutmeg, grated
500g (12% fat) pork mince
1 lemon, zested
15g dill, chopped
50g flat-leaf parsley, chopped
For the sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
1 white onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
680g jar passata
handful rocket (arugula), to serve
1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Trim and halve the courgettes, then scoop out the flesh with a spoon; reserve the flesh. Roast the courgette skins on a tray with 1 tbsp olive oil for 10 mins.
2. Meanwhile, in a large, deep frying pan, cook the red onion in another tbsp oil for 2-3 mins. Add the garlic and crushed chillies, allspice and grated nutmeg; cook for 1 min. Add the pork mince; cook for 6 mins. Add the courgette flesh and the zest of lemon; cook for 3 mins, then add the chopped dill and the parsley.
3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the final tbsp oil in a pan, add the white onion and cook for 2-3 mins until soft. Add another garlic clove, cook for 1 min, then add the passata. Half fill the jar with hot water and add to the pan. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10-15 mins, topping up with hot water if necessary.
4. Spoon the pork into the courgettes. Put the sauce in an ovenproof dish, sit the courgettes on top and dust with a pinch of paprika. Cover with foil; bake for 15 mins. Serve with rocket.
Freezing and defrosting guidelines
To freeze, leave the finished courgettes/zucchini to cool. When cold, wrap in 2 layers of clingfilm and then a layer of foil. Label and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to use, defrost overnight in the fridge. Unwrap, cover with foil; bake at gas 5, 190°C, fan 170°C for 30 mins, or until bubbling and golden.
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All the best Jan