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Friday, 8 May 2020

Stuffed Courgettes / Zucchini in Tomato Sauce : Moderate Low Carb

Get ahead with these healthy stuffed courgettes/zucchini in tomato sauce - perfect for stashing in the freezer ready for an easy midweek meal. Filled with tender spiced pork and roasted in a sweet tomato sauce, these simple courgettes will be a new favourite...

Serves Six
6 courgettes/zucchini
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
pinch paprika
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.

Nutritional Details Per Serving
Carbohydrate 13.1g Protein 20g Fibre 2.1g Fat 16g
From an original idea here

Some more Courgette (Zucchini) Recipes
Courgette / Zucchini and Feta Bakes, low carb recipe, see details here
Courgette / Zucchini Fritters, see details here
Courgette / Zucchini Gratin, a reduced carb dish, see details here
Courgette / Zucchini Boats, stuffed with smoked ham or curried chicken, see details here

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All the best Jan


Valerie-Jael said...

Te courgettes look very good indeed. Hugs, Valerie

Tom said...

...this is something that we enjoy!

JFM said...

Hubby was a bit iffy on this one but I think he may just come around in time.
Thank you Jan...Stay Safe ☕🌷

Laurie said...

Looks lovely! Take care,,

Jo said...

We haven't had these on the menu for a while, I shall rectify that soon as it's something we all enjoy.

R's Rue said...


Connie said...

This looks great and nutritious too! Nice to have a dish that can be prepared ahead of time.

DeniseinVA said...

A delicious looking recipe, thank you Jan :) The courgette is one of my favorite vegetables and we have them in the fridge ready to use. All the best to you and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

This N That said...

Ewww Zucchini..The stuffing looks pretty though..HAppy Mothers Day.

DVArtist said...

These look so good. Easy to make too.

Bill said...

That look good, minus the rocket which I hate. :)

Elephant's Child said...

I prefer my zucchini to be babies, too small and tender to be stuffed. (Put like that it makes me feel a big cannabalistic).

Christine said...

This looks wonderful!

Divers and Sundry said...

Looks good. I haven't ever made anything like this, but it'd be worth trying :) Thanks!

Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds like something I would like.

carol l mckenna said...

Looks and sounds delicious!

Be Well,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Joyful said...

The stuffed corgettes look tasty.

Ygraine said...

These corgettes look really delicious. I have never tried them stuffed before, so many thanks for this fabulous recipe!😊😊

Have a super weekend!

Hugs xxx

Louca por porcelana said...

Looks delicious!

Chris Lally said...

Thanks for the yummy recipes, Jan! Very timely - just planted some zucchini:)

Conniecrafter said...

that sounds good, you know I didn't know you could freeze them, that would be good for making bread with them!

peppylady (Dora) said...

I know I would enjoy the dish you posted.

Debbie said...

this sounds really good, something i would definitely enjoy!!!

Margaret D said...

Looks nice.

Phil Slade said...

That looks quite complicated. No bish-bash-bosh which is often my style of cooking. We rarely buy courgettes or even pork mince. Perhaps we should give this a try as the ingredients of the stuffing sound very good. Roast lamb fillet for us tonight - parsnips, broad beans and roasties - yum.

Ella said...

The stuffed courgettes look so delicious.
I want that too!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Hummm deve de ser delicioso.
Um abraço e tenha um bom fim-de-semana.

Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa

Crafty Green Poet said...

That looks delicious,

Magic Love Crow said...

Looks so yummy! Thanks Jan! Big Hugs!

Vix said...

Those courgettes look wonderful, I could easily adapt them to make them vegetarian! Thanks for sharing the recipe & that very appetising photo.

DMS said...

These look delicious and are perfect for those of us who are vegetarians (easy to make the changes). Thanks for sharing!

Stay safe!

Snowbird said...

This looks delicious and could easily be made

Martha said...

Looks really delicious!