Baked courgettes stuffed with spiced lamb & tomato sauce

Baked courgettes stuffed with spiced lamb & tomato sauce

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(23 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


  • 4 large courgettes, halved lengthways



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  • 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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3rd Nov, 2011
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
11th Oct, 2011
I have now made this twice and didn't brown the mince first! It was easy to make whilst being healthy and delicious.
26th Jul, 2011
Brilliant. Easy and very tasty! So many courgettes and one more dish I can make. Great!
12th Jul, 2011
A question please, did anyone brown the mince first or just put it in the oven raw? Thanks
30th Jun, 2017
Such a relevant question. The second recipe that i have been forwarded from this website in as many days and AGAIN, not at all clear in the instruction. You definitely should be browning the mince beforehand! Who is submitting these recipes?
21st Jun, 2011
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.
13th Jun, 2011
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
11th Jun, 2011
Our entire family loved this - even the son 3 who says he doesn't like courgettes. Has already made the 'family favourites'.
5th Jun, 2011
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!
3rd Jun, 2011
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.


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