Smoked Paprika - Stuffed Courgettes
Stuffed Courgettes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Courgettes stuffed with its own meat and vegetables

Course: main, side
Difficulty: easy but some patience required
Servings: 6
  • 3 large courgettes
  • 1 white onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 carrot (optional)
  • 1/2 pepper (optional)
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 1 large juicy tomato
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
  • 400 ml bechamel
  1. Fill a large pan with water, add a tablespoon of salt and bring to boil. Wash the courgettes and cut in half lengthways.

  2. Add the courgettes to the boiling water and allow to simmer for 7-10 minutes, until the meat has softened. Then remove courgettes from the pan.

  3. Use a spoon to gently remove the meat from the courgettes. Make sure not to remove too much, to avoid braking the skin of the courgette. Drain, roughly chop and set the meat aside.

Filling and Stuffing
  1. Peel and finely chop the onion, garlic and carrot. Wash and finely chop the pepper.

  2. Place a pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, pepper, and carrot, and a teaspoon of salt. Gently fry over medium heat for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Wash and chop the tomato. Add the tomato and the courgette meat to the pan. Add a teaspoon of smoked paprika if you like. Leave to fry for another 20 minutes until well soft and then allow to cool down for a couple of minutes.

  4. Pre-heat the oven to 200ยบ C. Place the courgettes on a baking tray, fill with the vegetable mix and top with plenty of bechamel. Place tray in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, until the top of the courgettes is well toasted. Make use of the grill option as necessary.

  5. Serve hot with some fries, rice and/or salad.