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Vegetarian courgette recipes
Why we love courgettes
Closely related to squash, courgettes are a popular and versatile vegetable – they’re budget-friendly, too. They have a thick green skin and soft, fluffy inside. They can be eaten raw in long, wide ribbons and spiralised to make courgetti, as well as blitzed into summer soups. They’re at their best when gently fried will olive oil, garlic, chilli and a pinch of dried thyme or oregano, then add a squeeze of lemon. The courgettes act like sponges, soaking up the Mediterranean flavours.
Health benefits of courgettes
Courgettes contain a good amount of vitamin A, which supports healthy eyes. They’re also rich in antioxidants, so help protect the body from a number of diseases. They contain plenty of fibre, meaning they contribute to good gut health. Not to mention, they have a high water content, making them a hydrating food choice.
When are courgettes in season?
British courgette season starts in June and ends in October. Courgettes are at their best between June and September.
How do you cook courgettes?
How to grill courgettes: The best way to grill courgettes is to cut them into slices, brush with oil and put under a hot grill for 3-4 minutes until charred and blistered, then flip and repeat.
How to fry courgettes: To fry courgettes, half, dice or cut into slices and fry in olive oil into charred or alternatively cook low and slow until meltingly tender.
How to roast courgettes: Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Dice or thickly slice the courgette, season and toss with olive oil then roast for 30 minutes, turning halfway, until caramelised and cooked through.
Can courgettes be eaten raw?
You can eat courgettes raw, they’re great thinly sliced and added to salads.
Courgette, parma ham and lemon ricotta lasagne
This summery twist on lasagne is packed with courgette, zesty ricotta and folds of delicate parma ham – a light but flavour-packed take on the classic.
You can also make our baked spinach and ricotta-stuffed shells.
Chargrilled courgette and smoked bacon pasta
Salty smoked bacon adds extra flavour to this simple courgette pasta, livened up with fried chilli flakes. A speedy midweek meal.
Swap meat for fish and try our creamy healthy salmon pasta.
Avocado, courgette and lime drizzle cake
Sneak some of your five a day into your bake with this recipe for avocado, courgette and lime drizzle cake. The avocado gives a subtle silky feel to the sponge.
Looking for other veggie cake recipes? Make our courgette and lime cake, courgette and coconut layer cake and chocolate courgette cake.
Dressed in a light and creamy carbonara sauce, this quick-to-make pasta with courgette is perfect on a warm summer evening. It quickly dispenses with any garden gluts, too.
You’ll love our classic spaghetti carbonara recipe, vegetarian carbonara, vegan carbonara and leek carbonara.
Stuffed courgettes with spiced lamb
Make the most of this versatile vegetable by topping with spiced lamb mince, pine nuts and feta to create this crowd-pleasing Mediterranean dish.
Braised courgettes and cannellini beans
The stove does all the work in this easy one-pot with courgette, cannellini beans and parmesan. Hands-on time is minimal – as is the washing up at the end.
Got some cannellini beans to use up? Try our chorizo, greens and bean stew.
Chocolate courgette cake
Courgette is the secret weapon in this decadent chocolate cake, topped with a silky chocolate icing for extra wow factor.
Like this? Now try our indulgent easy chocolate cake.
A jumble of courgette, caramelised onions, tomatoes, basmati rice and gentle spices makes for a perfect pilaf.
Want to know how to cook rice perfectly? Follow our step-by-step guide.
If you’re not vegetarian, give our healthy chicken pilaf traybake a go.
Quick pickled courgette, ham hock, pea and goat’s cheese salad
We’ve pickled courgettes in this quick and easy salad recipe with goat’s cheese, ham hock and peas, for extra flavour.
Check out our best pea recipes.
Vegetarian courgette recipes
Courgette and mint soup
This vibrant, summery soup is a great way to make sue of a courgette glut. The summer veggies are joined by fresh mint and lemon zest for a zingy lunch that’s perfect for a warm day. It’s best served with a dollop of crème fraîche on top.
Check out plenty more soup ideas such as our equally refreshing pea and mint soup or spinach soup.
Top our lightly spiced courgette fritters with poached eggs for a quick weekend brunch with fewer than 250 calories.
Try these then check out our leek fritters, cauliflower fritters, pea fritters and chickpea fritters. You will need a spiralizer for this recipe – check out our guide to the best spiralizers to buy here!
Courgettes, spring onions and goat’s cheese meet in this vibrant veggie frittata, perfect for an al fresco lunch.
Browse all our fabulous frittata recipes.
Parmigiana is a classic northern Italian dish usually made with aubergine. This version substitutes the aubergine for courgette and mozzarella or ricotta for a fresher taste. It works really well as part of a sharing menu. The recipe was taken from Sharing Puglia: Simple, Delicious Food From Italy’s Undiscovered Coast.
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For meat-eaters, there’s chicken parmigiana.
Courgettes are made smoky in this winning BBQ side dish, paired alongside creamy labneh for contrast.
Make these barbecued courgettes with creamy labneh and savoury granola, then check out more vegetarian BBQ recipes, such as our BBQ aubergines,
This simple yet pleasing flavour combination of courgettes and frozen peas makes for a light and summery curry which is ready in less than an hour.
For another veggie dinner, serve up our paneer curry.
This must be the best easy vegetarian lasagne! Mix the courgettes, garlic and chilli with ricotta, add a shop-bought tomato sauce and fresh lasagne and dinner can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
For more veggie lasagne options, check out our vegan lasagne, aubergine lasagne and butternut squash lasagne.
A fresh and creamy risotto that puts baby courgettes in the limelight. It’s also flavoured with mint, lemon and plenty of salty parmesan.
Check out more of our best risotto recipes.
A super-simple savoury muffin recipe, made with grated courgette and cheddar. These easy vegetable muffins make a delicious afternoon snack and are a great way to use up a glut of veg.
Make these courgette muffins, then check out our classic breakfast egg muffins, banana muffins, cheese muffins and cornbread muffins.
Slow-cooked courgette spaghetti
Put your courgette glut to great use in this veg-packed, slow-cooked sauce – toss through spaghetti for a crowdpleasing dinner.
We think you’ll love our caponata spaghetti with tomatoes and aubergines.
Courgette tart with dill dressing
Try this beautiful vegetarian tart. It’s low-calorie, low fat and 5:2 diet friendly, for a healthy entertaining meal.
Next, try our cheese and onion quiche.
Griddled courgette, pine nut, and mozzarella salad
A quick idea for courgettes that can be turned into an easy, filling salad. Top with mozzarella and pine nuts then serve with bulgar wheat or orzo. A simple midweek meal for two.
We love using orzo, try our top recipes.
Healthy courgette lasagne
Check out our low-carb take on lasagne, complete with an easy to follow video. This version uses courgette in place of pasta, so you still get lots of creamy layers but a bit of a healthier result.
Next, give our butternut squash lasagne.
Stuffed with smoky courgette, zesty black beans, pickled red onion and creamy avocado, these healthy tacos are bursting with flavour – they happen to be low in calories and vegan, too.
Griddled courgette salad with mozzarella, peas and mint
Make the most of homegrown courgettes in this vibrant salad for a quick vegetarian meal. It’s light, fresh and gluten-free.
Courgette mac ‘n’ cheese with garlic sourdough crumbs
In the US, mac ‘n’ cheese often, on a menu, has its own heading with a choice of flavourings. Courgette and garlicky crumbs get our vote. This recipe is easy but super comforting.
Roasted courgette, chickpea and lemon salad
Courgette stars in this vegan salad served with crunchy chickpeas tossed in punchy harissa. It’s ready in 20 minutes and low in calories too.
Courgette and coconut layer cake
If you love veggie cakes then you’ll love our easy courgette and coconut cake. This super moist and moriesh layer cake is packed with fluffy cream cheese icing and topped with crunchy coconut chips, a modern take on the British classic carrot cake.
We have plenty more layer cake recipes.
Courgette risotto with pea, artichoke and barley
Barley is a great alternative to normal risotto rice and, when joined by courgette, pea and artichoke, makes for a delicious summery dish that feels indulgent but is under 300 calories.
Courgette pancakes with dipping sauce
An easy idea for a dinner-party starter: give courgette fritters a Korean-style makeover and serve with a delicious dipping sauce.
Put courgettes at the heart of this easy galette. All-butter pastry encases a creamy courgettes, flavoured with garlic – perfect for a stunning summer dinner.
Courgette and lime cake
Topped with pistachio nibs and lime zest, this seasonal loaf makes a refreshingly zesty alternative to carrot cake.
Lemon and mint marinated courgettes
These zesty grilled courgettes are a great summer side dish to have alongside your midweek meal or weekend BBQ. Find plenty more easy recipes here.
Use in-season courgettes in this quick pickle this summer – stuff the tangy veg into sandwiches or burgers, or enjoy with a cheese and charcuterie board.
Rigatoni with courgette, lemon and parmesan
Make courgette into a stylish supper with this refreshing pasta recipe. Packed with colour and ready in just 20 minutes this is the perfect weekday dish.
Courgette takes centre stage in this Tuscan pancake-tart hybrid. Scarpaccia means old shoe, perhaps because the end result should be as thin as the sole of an old shoe.
Courgette, brown butter and basil gnocchi
Inspired by a piccata, this lemon and butter sauce is made even better with the addition of aromatic basil. It works well with pasta as well as gnocchi, and is just as great with ricotta instead of pecorino if you want to keep it vegetarian.
Give our homemade gnocchi, mushroom gnocchi and healthy gnocchi a go.
Mini quiches with salmon and courgettes
These hot-smoked salmon mini quiches look striking, are gorgeously crunchy and easy to put together. Great for picnics, canapés and savoury treats.
Check out our cheese and onion quiche, quiche lorraine and hot-smoked salmon vol-au-vents.
Courgette fritti make a delicious, healthy alternative to chips. Serve with steak or just as a nibble with drinks.
For more nibble ideas check out our cheese straws, summer rolls and more party food recipes.
Greek lamb-stuffed courgettes
Make the most of this versatile vegetable by topping with spiced lamb mince, pine nuts and feta in this crowd-pleasing Mediterranean dish.
Try these stuffed courgettes and accompany with a Greek salad and our easy Greek recipes.
Make the most of fresh green beans and courgettes by tossing them in a zingy chimichurri dressing, then crumble over salty feta for a nourishing lunch.
Try this simple courgette and tomato gratin topped with golden baked gruyère. If you want a bit of crunch, you could add a handful of breadcrumbs to the cheese.
For another comforting dish, try our Brussels sprouts gratin.
Buttermilk creates the juiciest chicken on the BBQ. It’s delicious simply served in a bun, or try it with our smoky-sweet tomato and courgette sauce plus crunchy crumbs.
Next check out our classic buttermilk fried chicken, buttermilk fried chicken burger and perfect BBQ chicken.
Fill courgettes with a mix of lamb mince, garlic, cumin and harissa, and bake in a fiery tomato sauce to make an exciting weeknight meal for two.
Try our stuffed marrow.
Artichoke, courgette and lemon farro salad
This recipe for artichoke, courgette and lemon farro salad is quick and easy to make, vegan and low-calorie, making it great for a midweek meal.
Courgette and chive pasta
Fresh and easy pasta dish for two. The courgette, garlic and lemon sauce is ready in the time it takes to cook the linguine. Mix in creamy mascarpone and serve.
Add our easy courgette side to your next vegetarian BBQ, soaked in a citrusy sweet marinade with a hint of chilli. More veggie BBQ recipes here.
Romana courgette agrodolce
Romana courgettes served with a sweet and spicy agrodolce sauce is perfect for a vegetarian dinner party dish.
Fried courgette flowers with honey and vinegar
Packed with sweet and tangy flavour, these courgette flowers with honey and vinegar are an easy yet impressive starter for any summer dinner party. We’ve got plenty more starter recipes here.
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