Courgette & Mozzarella Bake Recipe

With Summer here – ish. I like to lighten up the dishes I eat, I find my appetite isn’t as ravenous in the warmer months (don’t worry, it sure comes back with a bang once Autumn hits). This courgette and mozzarella bake is tasty and light. I have substituted the pasta for ribbons of courgette, and packed the layers full of veggies.

COURGETTE AND MOZZARELLA BAKE

Courgette & Mozzarella Bake

Ingredients:
  • 3 courgettes
  • 150g mushrooms
  • 1 red onion
  • Small tin of sweetcorn
  • 1 bag of rocket
  • 1 ball of low fat mozzarella
  • Handful of parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil
  • 1 small jar of pasatta
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
Method:
  • To a frying pan add olive oil and warm on a low heat.
  • Slice the mushrooms and red onion and add to the frying pan.

COURGETTE AND MOZZARELLA BAKE

  • Crush two garlic cloves in to the frying pan, add the paprika, dried basil and warm all together on a medium heat.
  • With a potato peeler, peel the courgettes and put to one side.COURGETTE AND MOZZARELLA BAKE
  • After 5- 7 minutes, add the pasatta to the frying pan, sugar and salt and pepper and stir.
  • Let the mixture reduce till it becomes a thick sauce, and then add sweetcorn and stir.

COURGETTE AND MOZZARELLA BAKE

  • To a baking dish roll up the courgettes and pack together, leaving a hole in the middle of each.

COURGETTE AND MOZZARELLA BAKE

  • With a teaspoon carefully spoon the vegetable mix into the holes, continue till each is full.

COURGETTE AND MOZZARELLA BAKE

  • Chop the mozzarella roughly. and sprinkle over the whole dish.

COURGETTE AND MOZZARELLA BAKE

  • Place in the oven at 180 °C (gas mark 5) and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Take out the oven and garnish with chopped fresh basil and a handful of rocket.

COURGETTE AND MOZZARELLA BAKE

You could serve this with some fresh bread, pasta or with chicken/fish.

You can also freeze, it is great reheated –  and tastes just as yummy.

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