Courgette recipes that will make the most of this versatile vegetable, including an easy courgette soup recipe with blue cheese and pancetta, simple courgette frittata and crispy courgette fritters.
These recipes are quick and easy, but with an impressive twist. Courgettes are in season from June to October, when they are plentiful and inexpensive. Look out for courgettes that are smooth and firm, with healthy looking ends, and enjoy them as part of a seasonal meal.
Whether they are baked or stuffed, sliced in a salad or roasted with some Parmesan, we've combed through the wealth of courgette recipes to bring you simple dinner ideas that are healthy and easy to make. Courgettes are in season between June and October, which is great, as they are a light vegetable and perfect to be enjoyed during the summer months when we opt for lighter meals in the hot weather.
Related to watermelons and cucumbers, courgettes too have a high water content and are low in calories, but unlike them, they are usually cooked before eaten. The courgette flower is also edible and tastes great stuffed or deep-fried.
Our courgette and Blacksticks Blue soup (pictured) is full of punch flavours that allows the courgette to take on a new dimension, and you can enjoy it pretty much guilt-free as it's only 373 calories per serving.
Because they've got such a high water content, you need to make sure you wring them out well and rid of all the excess moisture, as you don't want for them to go soggy and fall apart. This is a key part of the process when it comes to cooking courgettes in a lot of recipes, so don't underestimate its importance. If you're simply roasting them, though, this isn't necessary, as there's nothing worse than dry roasted vegetables.
You no longer need to feel intimated by the courgette as we've simplified the process of cooking them with our easy-to-follow wonderful recipes - and you don't need to be a vegetarian to enjoy them! Most can be enjoyed on their own or served alongside a nice cut of lamb, so everyone is happy!
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Delicious Courgette recipes
Creamy blue cheese and courgettes go hand in hand in this simple courgette and Blacksticks Blue soup that's only 373 calories
Give classic pasta salad a healthy makeover with this green pasta salad recipe. It's perfectly creamy from the avocado and courgette adds texture
Cut down on carbs and get more of your 5-a-day by using courgette strands, or ‘courgetti’, to replace some of the pasta in this prawn pasta recipe
Courgettes in mint and balsamic have a herby glaze that adds real wow factor to simple roasted courgettes
This is a real showstopper, great for a large lunch gathering, but not over-fiddly and easily prepared ahead
This simple courgette and broccoli salad is packed with crunch and flavour. Use large courgettes which are easier to ribbon peel
Layers of juicy, sweet tomatoes and courgette make the loveliest gratin
This cake may sound strange but it's delicious! Taken from Three Sisters Bake
Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo shares her quirky recipe for spicing up courgettes, inspired by her Mauritian heritage. Taken from Sunshine on a Plate
Grated courgettes add moistness to this light-as-a-feather cake recipe – just gorgeous with these boozy strawberries
Beautifully tender chicken is contrasted by the crispiness of the fabulous crumb, herb and Parmesan cheese coating
This tart recipe is quick and easy, and perfect for vegetarians
A seriously good tart that will create food envy – what’s more, it's dead simple to make
There are times when the full English roast feels like too much work. This delicious gratin recipe is all that is needed alongside a roast chicken or leg of lamb
A soft stew of summer vegetables, fragrant with basil that tastes best when served warm