Love courgettes? Add them to omelettes, tarts and pasta or bake, grill or fry them. You can even eat them raw so get inspired!
With their soft sweet flesh, courgettes are the perfect vegetable to add a burst of freshness to any meal. But which of our courgette recipes should you try?
Raw or cooked, we love them any way they come. Try adding them grated to salads or sliced in tarts for a five-a-day boost. They’re in season during the summer in Britain, from June to October, so be sure to make the most of them while they’re at their best.
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Simply sliced and fried in a frittata, courgettes can make a meal of this delicious omelette-style dish. Their meaty flesh looks attractive when arranged neatly in the tray and sliced and their mellow flavour works particularly well with cheese especially with soft goat’s cheese.
Try courgettes in our frittata recipes:
Using courgettes in salads allows their delicious simplicity to shine. Their flesh is firm when raw so lends itself well to being prepared in ribbons with a peeler or grated finely. During the cooler months, you can grill or roast courgettes to increase their sweetness and serve them warm. Tossing them in dressing straight from the oven will make sure they soak up all the lovely flavours quickly.
Try courgettes in our salad recipes:
Cooking courgettes long and slow, in slices or chunks, brings out their aromatic flavour. As they soften they will release their juices into whichever sauce you are cooking and perfume the whole dish with their Mediterranean flavour. They make the perfect pairing to strong spices thanks to their mild flesh which become a subtle background sweetness.
Try them in these stew recipes:
Fritters are a delicious and speedy way to get dinner on the table fast and making them from courgettes is an easy way to get some veggies into the kids diets. Simply grated and mixed into a light batter, courgettes are perfect for this type of cooking as they’re ready in a flash.
Try them in these fritter recipes:
Pasta and courgettes make a delicious meal with just the two of them but if you’re feeling adventurous try one of our delicious recipes below. Their soft and juicy flesh combines well with any sauce and coats the pasta, meaning you get a full flavoured dish in minutes. For a low carb option you can even make ‘pasta’ from boiled thin strips of courgette coated in pasta sauce.
Try them in these pasta recipes:
If you are trying to avoid those carbs then making vegetable chips is a delicious way to get that French fry hit without the potato! Thanks to their firm texture courgettes hold the chip shape perfectly, they also take half the time of potato chips thanks to their super-speedy cooking time.
Turn your courgettes into chips with this recipe:
Pureed or chunky, courgettes are delicious in a warming bowl of soup. Their velvety texture means they cook down to a deliciously soft consistency. Try them roughly chopped in classic dishes like minestrone and chowder or puree them into a creamy and smooth bowl of soup.
Try them in these soup recipes:
Don’t stop at savoury recipes with these tasty veggies. To make cakes and bakes healthier try adding grated courgette to the mix. Their sweet flesh acts in a similar way to carrots, meaning you need less sugar. Their high water content also keeps your sponge nice and moist – just the way you want it!
Try them in these cake recipes:
There’s no need to pre-cook courgettes when adding them to a tart or quiche, their smooth flesh will cook while they’re in the oven to a lovely soft finish. They make the perfect texture contrast to a crunchy pastry or crumbly crust. Try pairing them with other Mediterranean flavours like tomatoes and peppers for a summery-tasting supper.
Try them in these tart or quiche recipes:
For a smooth and creamy risotto, there is no better partner than mildly flavoured, sliced courgettes. Simply fry in a little butter or oil before adding the rice to give your next risotto a delicate flavour. They’re not too strong to overpower the dish but add just the right amount of sweetness.
Try them in these risotto recipes:
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