Courgette Involtini

One of our favourite summer dishes, we love this with pasta or bread and a big bowl of salad. For the filling, use any soft cheese you prefer, mixed with fresh herbs or a big scoop of pesto. We usually use our homemade tofu ricotta (here’s the recipe) but a mix of cream cheese and feta is delicious too. Make your own tomato sauce or use a jar of ready made.

Liz x

Ingredients (serves 4-6)

  • 1 courgette
  • 1 batch of tomato sauce (from a jar or sauté a diced onion and 4 crushed garlic cloves in 3 tbsp olive oil until soft, add a tin of chopped tomatoes and half a tin of water, season with salt and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes)
  • 400g soft cheese (use any you prefer, a mix of feta and cream cheese or vegan versions, we like to use our homemade garlic and herb ricotta)
  • a large handful of chopped herbs or a couple of tbsp of pesto
  • olive oil, salt & pepper to taste

Method

  1. Make the tomato sauce and pour it into an oven proof dish. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Make a batch of garlic and herb tofu ricotta or mix any soft cheese you prefer with chopped herbs or pesto.
  3. Use a potato peeler or a cheese slicer to cut the courgette into long, thin strips.
  4. Place a heaped tsp of the herby cheese mixture on the end of a courgette slice. Then roll it up and place it, seam down, into the tomato sauce. Repeat until you have filled the dish or used up all the courgette slices.
  5. Drizzle the rolls with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven until bubbling and golden – around 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Enjoy with bread or pasta and salads.

One Reply to “Courgette Involtini”

  1. So versatile! I’ve used aubergines (sliced then lightly roasted) like this a lot but never thought to use courgettes . And they don’t need any pre-cooking. They will give a fresher taste. Your suggestion of herbs or pesto stretches the season. In fact if I lightly roast then freeze some courgette slices, as I do with aubergines, I could make this in winter. Thanks.

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