Looking to work your way through a courgette glut? Look no further...
Nothing signals the start of summer like a bountiful harvest of fresh, homegrown courgettes. But if your crop gets out of control, it can take some serious imagination to make the most of your pickings.
From creamy lasagnes to tempting tarts we have an abundance of recipes for this versatile veg. Just remember to pick your bounty before it gets too big, as the smaller the courgette the better the flavour. Courgettes can reach marrow-size surprisingly quickly - and no one wants their veg patch to star in its own Day of the Triffids remake...
Who can resist a comforting bowl of pasta? Quick, cheap and popular with kids this is the perfect dish to use up the humble courgette. Cheese & tomato pasta bakes can be made in bulk and frozen so are perfect for busy families and carbonara-style courgette & bacon pasta can be whipped up in minutes. Or if you are looking for something simple but special then check out this creamy courgette lasagne.
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Fake silky ribbons of pasta by using a julienne peeler or modish spiralizer to create 'courgetti'. The best part? It only takes 30 seconds to cook. Just create your noodles, then throw them into a pan with garlic, crème fraîche, lemon zest and seasoning. Serve spaghetti style with meatballs or ragu - our summer courgetti & meatballs is made with pork mince and cherry tomaroes, plus we have recipes for courgetti with classic Bolognese sauce and veggie meatballs with tomato courgetti.
Courgettes are not just for savoury dishes, and this moist courgette & orange cake with cream cheese frosting is a decadent way to prove the point. Try a zesty and fragrant bake with this frosted courgette & lemon cake or get the kids in the kitchen and help them whip up a batch of courgette muffins with this child-friendly recipe.
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Courgettes' subtle, delicate flavours lend themselves well to salads where they can be showcased with true simplicity. This minted courgette salad is full of fresh, fragrant flavours. Give it a Spanish twist with roast red peppers & chorizo, or enjoy it raw and thinly sliced with quinoa & feta or in thick ribbons with goat's cheese for a filling summer salad.
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With our unpredictable British summer, a soothing courgette soup can be the perfect thing to see you through a cool summer evening. Get comfort in a bowl with this hearty courgette, potato & cheddar soup , make it light with spring vegetables & basil pesto or spruce up a rocket & courgette soup with goat's cheese croutons.
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You can't find a better way to preserve your courgette crop than with a chutney or pickle, and they also make great gifts for friends and family. Crunchy courgette pickle makes a scrumptious side to cold poached salmon or barbecued burgers for a true summery hit. Or add a bit of punch to your pickle with this courgette & tomato chutney.
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Add the taste of a British summer to this Italian classic, from super-healthy veggie delight to this Frying pan pizza. Having trouble getting the kids to share the courgette love? This cheesy courgette pizza ought to do the trick.
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We do love courgettes but they don't always have to be the star of the show. Cheesy baked courgettes are delicious served with grilled meat and fish, and we cannot resist courgette fritters as a healthy alternative to chips. Serve this griddled courgette with pine nuts as a starter, side or with a variety of other sides for a tapas-style feast.
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Who can resist a slice of home baked bread fresh from the oven? Try serving courgette & mushroom bread as a side to a summer soup or simply with a bit of butter. Make something different to the usual loaf with courgette & cheddar soda bread or add a bit of spice with Indian bread with courgettes and coriander.
Take a look at these courgette bread recipes.
Stir seasonal courgettes into a light, fresh risotto for the perfect dinner party dish. This fresh tomato & courgette risotto should be a hit with everyone, including the kids. Or add a touch of sophistication in a risotto with spicy courgettes and saffron.
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Do you have any tips or advice for using up a courgette glut? We'd love to hear your recipe ideas...