Courgette boats

A fun and tasty way to eat courgettes!

Aprons on? Let‘s Cook!

15-20 mins
20-30 mins

We always have a glut of courgettes to use up around this time of year (July-August) so we find lots of ways to use them (as well as give lots away…it still surprises me just how many courgettes will grow from one plant!)


  • 2 medium sized courgettes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2-3 large mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Half a cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • Glug of balsamic vinegar
  • Knob of butter
  • Salt and pepper


  • Chopping board and knife
  • Frying pan
  • Baking tray
  • Grater
  • Parchment paper
  • Wooden spoon
  • Teaspoon




1 Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan- assisted)
2 Finely chop the garlic, onion, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes
3 Heat the frying pan on a medium heat, melt the butter and then fry your chopped vegetables with a glug of balsamic vinegar, stirring frequently
4 While the vegetables are frying prepare your courgettes
5 Carefully cut the courgettes in half and gently scoop out the middle with a teaspoon - keep going until all the seeded middle part has been removed
6 When the vegetable mixture is soft (after about 10 minutes of frying) carefully spoon it into the courgette boats
7 Next sprinkle each of your boats with grated cheese
8 Place parchment paper on a baking tray and place your boats onto it (trying not to spill the contents!)
9 Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is fully melted and the boats bubbling!
10 Leave to cool and then serve as a light lunch or dinner with some crunchy salad

Fun fact!  

Here are some other fun ways you can use courgettes:

  • As a pizza topping
  • In mashed potato – just add some cooked courgette in with the potato
  • In fritters
  • In muffins (savoury and sweet – we have recipes for both on our website)
  • As spaghetti…aka courgetti!

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