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Eight delicious courgette recipe ideas

25 August 2016

Try one of these ideas for cooking with courgettes, with recipes for courgette cakes, stir-fries and more.

Courgette as a pizza topping
When sliced thinly courgette makes an excellent pizza topping

With their generous cropping, courgettes are one of the most popular vegetables for people to grow at home, although it can be easy to get overrun and end up with a glut of courgettes all needing to be picked and eaten before turning into marrows. 

Luckily courgettes are also endlessly versatile – enjoy them blended into a creamy soup, grated into a frittata, chopped into curries and ratatouille or even turn them into deliciously moist cakes. Here, we share some of our top courgette recipes.

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Chargrilled courgettes and asparagus with tarragon dressing

Courgettes on the barbecue

What better way to eat summer produce than grilled over charcoal? Courgette cooks up beautifully – just remember that the thinner you cut it the quicker it cooks. Chop very finely for a quick meal – you could even consider using a vegetable peeler or mandolin slice to make courgette ribbons that can be loosely folded and threaded onto a kebab stick.

How to BBQ vegetables
Chargrilled courgettes with tarragon dressing recipe
BBQ paneer and vegetable tikka kebabs recipe

Courgette chips

Courgettes as chips

Vegetables are vital but sometimes you don’t have time to do much chopping and cooking. These courgette chips need some resting time to release their bitter juices but apart from that they’re very quick and easy to prepare. Try them with a Greek-style yoghurt dip or as a vegetable side.

Courgette chips recipe

Courgette 'pasta' with kale

Courgettes as pasta

Courgetti might seem a bit of a fad but many people say they feel better using vegetables instead of pasta or noodles. You can spiralize your own courgette or even buy it pre-noodled from supermarkets. Either way, it’s a great way to increase you vegetable intake and you can put just about any sauce on them.

Courgetti with kale and tomato pesto recipe

Courgette, feta and mint soup

Courgettes in soup

Courgettes are excellent in soup and it can be left chunky or blended until smooth. Top with crumbled feta for protein if it’s being served as a main meal, or flavour with delicate herbs for a light summer lunch.

Courgette, mint and feta soup recipe
Courgette and sage soup recipe

Courgette and feta fritters

Courgettes as fritters

If all this soup and courgetti feels a bit virtuous there is always this recipe for delicious fried and crispy courgette fritters with feta. Grate the courgettes into a mixture of eggs, flour and herbs and serve with salad while still warm.

Courgette and feta fritter recipe
Courgette fritters with poached egg

Gluten-free polenta pizza

Courgettes as a pizza topping

Shave courgettes into ribbons for super-quick cooking and they make an ideal pizza topping. If you’re really short of time and just want to increase the amount of veg in your diet you could just add them to a shop bought pizza, but if there’s time then it’s always good to make from scratch. If you have difficult grandchildren to feed try getting them excited by a ‘pizza factory’ by letting them decorate their own pizzas.

Gluten-free vegetable polenta pizza recipe

vegetable stir-fry with tofu

Courgettes in a stir-fry

They might not be the first vegetable that you would think to add to a stir fry but cut them into matchsticks and they can cook quickly. If you can, cut them in advance and sprinkle a little salt on them to let them dry out before cooking.

Vegetable and tofu stir-fry recipe

Courgette, lemon and pistachio cake

Courgettes in a cake

This glorious green cake is a doddle to make but looks – and tastes – impressive. Grind some pistachios in a blender or coffee grinder and grate courgettes to make this beautifully light and moist cake. No one will guess what the secret ingredient is!

Courgette, lemon and pistachio cake
Carrot, courgette and orange cake

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