Courgettes with crisp cheese crumbs

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4

Bored of spuds and steamed veg? This more-exotic-than-most side dish will perk up a midweek meal in minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal203
  • fat10g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre3g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.53g


  • 6 courgettes, trimmed and cut into chunky batons



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

  • pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 85g dried or stale breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan (or vegetarian Parmesan-style cheese)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 4 tbsp ready-made tomato pasta sauce or passata



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place courgettes in a baking dish or roasting tin and toss with the chilli, thyme, 1 tbsp oil and seasoning. Bake for 20 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, put the remaining oil in a bowl. Stir in the garlic, breadcrumbs, Parmesan and a little seasoning. 3 Stir the tomato sauce through the soft courgettes, then sprinkle with the crumbs and bake for a further 10-15 mins until crisp.

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Frantic Flapjack
2nd Mar, 2020
Really enjoyed this. I used a fresh chile instead of dried flakes. Served with fishcakes.
28th Jul, 2013
This is tasty and easy and very moreish! Could easily be adapted and tweaked and I will play about with it by making it a main meal adding lentils perhaps. Will also try using cheddar instead of parmesan to see if it alters the flavour much. This will be an annual favourite once the courgettes start coming thick and fast in the garden! Thank you goodfood!
28th Oct, 2012
Will definitely make again. A great way to use some of our glut of courgettes. Used dried thyme as didn't have fresh. Even the kids ate it all up, and said it was delicious! Added some chopped bacon with the baking courgettes and served with mash. Have already been asked to make more.
28th Aug, 2012
As a family who don't usually like courgettes, tried this out as we were given quite a few from a neighbours garden. Have to say it was fantastic, from very fussy husband to hard to please kids. All have said they would like this again. The only thing I changed was I used tomato ketchup instead of pasata as this was a dinner which worked perfectly well.
21st Aug, 2012
used vegetables and herbs from the garden including the herb salad i had as a side dish.. all so tasty fresh and lovely............ a tasty courgette recipe..
19th Sep, 2010
I didn't choose to put the tomato in but without it it was absolutely delicious!!! I wish I had known about it earlier in the 'courgette season'!
27th Aug, 2010
Easy to do as long as you've got some thyme handy. Excellent results. All the family enjoyed it.
6th Jul, 2010
I dont' normally like courgettes but this was lovely.
25th Aug, 2015
Made this at the weekend. It's scrumptious. I've got a thousand cougettes ready for harvest any day now, so can I freeze it?
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