Baked courgettes stuffed with spiced lamb & tomato sauce

Baked courgettes stuffed with spiced lamb & tomato sauce

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 4
A superhealthy way to eat lamb, that counts as 2 of your 5-a-day and is packed with iron and vitamin C

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal200
  • fat12g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein16g
  • salt0.3g
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  • 4 large courgettes, halved lengthways



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • small handful coriander leaves

For the stuffing

  • 500g lean minced lamb
  • 2 tsp each ground cumin, coriander, and cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

For the tomato sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp each ground cayenne pepper, cinnamon, coriander and cumin
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp sugar



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  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Make the tomato sauce in a medium pan by heating the oil and frying the garlic for 2-3 mins until soft, then adding the spices and frying for 1 min more. Pour in the tomatoes and sugar and simmer with half a tin of water for 20 mins, until thickened. Season.

  2. Meanwhile, scoop out and discard some of the flesh of the courgettes and lay them in 1 large or 2 small roasting trays, drizzle with the oil and bake for 15 mins until golden and softened slightly.

  3. For the stuffing, mix the lamb with the spices and some salt. Try not to squash it together too much, instead lightly mix it with your hands until just combined. When the courgettes are ready, pile the lamb into the cavities and drizzle on the sauce. Bake for 15-20 mins until the sauce is bubbling. Top with the coriander and serve.

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Comments (23)

cjsansom's picture

Lovely! Used jalepenos as didn't have any cayenne pepper and it was great. Another Good Food success.

aelynn's picture

Used fresh tomatoes and the last two marrow-size courgettes from the harvest. Added a handful of sultanas and pine nuts to the mince for texture. Very nice!

franniban's picture

This is lovely. Spiced up things a bit, as we like it hot, but very nice

eleanor73's picture

Really tasty! I made it for one so used one large courgette, had 200g mince and halved the ingredients for spices and the sauce. Have got some sauce leftover. One of my favourite dinners I've had for a while.

jennykowalczyk's picture

Also worked well with the recommended bean salad.

jennykowalczyk's picture

This was great, the lamb courgette combo worked beautifully. Will do again!

tydrawirafon's picture

Really enjoyed this - used homegrown globe courgettes, and I didn't have cayenne pepper so I used a good sprinkling of dried chilli flakes, with the mince and in the sauce. Served it with couscous mixed with a lemon (juice and rind) and a a good tbsp of freshly chopped mint leaves. Will eat again and again. Tasty way to eat homegrown courgettes (and homegrown dried chillies too).
Kept the scrapings to go in courgette and potato soup (as you may guess we have a courgette glut to get through!)

felicityhm's picture

This recipe is really tasty with a massive punch of flavour! It is a bit hot though so I concur with the recommendation that you might want to serve it with some greek yogurt. It goes really well too.

mrsmartinez's picture

My husband and I loved this recipe. I didn't have enough zucchini to stuff the sauce in so I chopped up two zucchini and mixed it all together and served it over a small portion of brown rice. We will definitely make this again!

lolaypop's picture

I didn't find that there was enough spice in it personally, but it is a relatively easy recipe if not a little bit time consuming

alisonkind's picture

I have now made this twice and didn't brown the mince first! It was easy to make whilst being healthy and delicious.

judymcdonald's picture

Brilliant. Easy and very tasty!
So many courgettes and one more dish I can make. Great!

alisonkind's picture

A question please, did anyone brown the mince first or just put it in the oven raw? Thanks

messyjessie86's picture

I too, used the rest of the courgette. Liked this recipe a lot - so juicy and yummy! Didn't use all the spices - about 3/4 which was plenty of flavour.

custardsquirrel's picture

This was really lovely, especially with a small serving of cous cous.
It's worth having some greek yoghurt to serve, depending on your preference

writing-mum's picture

Our entire family loved this - even the son 3 who says he doesn't like courgettes. Has already made the 'family favourites'.

vickoirr's picture

I've just eaten this, and thought it was great! I only had fairly small courgettes from my veg box but it still worked fine. I didn't want to waste the insides so just chopped them small and added them to the sauce. As the courgettes were smaller I had mince left over which I have made into meatballs and frozen. I also froze leftover sauce so I have an easy meal to make another day. I served with some cous cous on the side. Definitely recommended and I will be making this again!

haddyanne's picture

I made this using minced pork rather than lamb. Utterly delicious. I agree, serve warm rather than piping hot. I brushed the courgette skins with a little olive oil before baking and the whole thing was lovely.

vivaves's picture

This recipe is a real winner - easy, healthy and utterly delicious. It has already become a do-it-again favourite in our household - love the in-yer-face level of spice, the juicy courgettes and full-of-flavour lamb. The key for this recipe is to serve it WARM rather than piping hot - the flavours are more rounded and the whole thing just hangs together so much better. Of all the things you could cook with courgettes - cook this. I would give it 10 stars if I could.
P.S. don't discard the courgette flesh, it's wasteful - if nothing else, stick it in an accompanying salad! (one star deducted for encouraging food wastage?)


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