I love quirky vegetables. By that I mean any type of vegetable that is a little bit different, whether in colour or shape, or taste! They can, however, be quite hard to find, especially at this time of year, unless you're willing to pay a premium and get them from somewhere fancy. Every so often they do pop up unexpectedly in unlikely places so when these round courgettes appeared in my local Asian supermarket I couldn't resist! I already have quite the love affair with courgettes and eat them in lots of different ways, most often as zoodles but also raw or cooked in salads, on pizzas, stuffed, in stir frys etc- the list goes on. These courgettes lend themselves especially well to stuffing due to their shape so it was pretty obvious to me what I was going to use them for!
This recipe is really simple to make, can be easily adapted to whatever you have in, and looks and tastes amazing. I've stuffed them here with my cauliflower bolognese, but you could also stuff them with a normal bolognese, ratatouille. stir fry or really anything random that you have left in the fridge that needs using up.
They are so simple, you will just need:
- 1 round courgette per person (2 if they're small)
- 1 cup worth of cauliflower Bolognese
- Cut the tops off the courgettes and scoop out the insides with a tablespoon being careful not to break the skin. they will scoop out far easier than you probably expect them too.
- Pop them on a baking tray and drizzle with some olive oil.
- Bake for 15 minutes at about 200degrees until the skins feel softer
- Remove from the oven and turn upside down to drain the water out
- Put a big spoonful of the Bolognese mixture (or whatever you're using) inside
- Put back in the oven for another 15 minutes
- Remove and top with cheese and basil