Courgettes are in season, and roasted courgette is yummy. Jamie Oliver has made the most of them in this fabulous courgette tray bake, which Insta fell for. Us? We were among the fans, especially the veggie members of the Real Homes team who were delighted to see it’s a meat-free dish.
We don’t know if Jamie cultivated his own courgettes, but this is definitely a recipe for grow-your-owners to show off their summer harvest. But even if you can’t say they’re straight from your garden, it’s simple to add courgettes to your supermarket shop and whip up a colourful meal.
We’ve shared our roasted courgette tray bake recipe below, along with some great tips from Jamie. After more summertime cooking inspiration? Find more courgette recipes in our guide, and check out our how to roast vegetables feature for more inspo.
Jamie Oliver’s roasted courgette traybake
Want to create your own roasted courgette tray bake? Try this idea:
- 4 courgettes, cut into bite-sized chunks
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 300g cherry tomatoes
- 250g halloumi cheese, sliced
- Fresh basil leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Put the courgettes and onions into a large, shallow baking tray, and toss in the olive oil. Season, and roast in the oven for 10 minutes.
2. Add the cherry tomatoes to the tray, along with the halloumi slices. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes. The veggies should be slightly browned, the tomatoes beginning to burst, and the halloumi should be going golden in colour (more tips on how to cook halloumi here).
3. Tear the basil leaves and scatter over the tray bake before serving.
5 top tips to make Jamie Oliver’s roasted courgette tray bake
1. Rather than the chunks of courgette we used in our recipe, Jamie uses them whole with their flowers. This way, your traybake will certainly make the right impression when you bring it to the table.
2. Haven’t grown your own and can’t get courgette flowers? Jamie recommends halving regular courgettes, then scraping them out.
3. Jamie stuffs the courgettes with peas and ricotta. As an alternative, you could combine pine nuts with the ricotta to add extra vitamins and minerals to the dish.
4. Jamie’s combined tomatoes in different colours for his traybake. Add a pack of mixed varieties of small tomatoes to your trolley to ensure your traybake is equally colourful and full of summer’s sweetness.
5. How about adding olives to your traybake as Jamie has done? You can roast them in the oven along with the rest of the veggies.