Baked courgettes with tomato and taleggio

Baked courgettes with tomato and taleggio

Parmigiana di zucchini

Simple Cooking
Alastair Hendy

This is a variation on the well known parmigiana melanzane, the baked dish of aubergines with tomato and mozzarella. By using Taleggio instead of mozzarella and courgette in place of aubergine, I’ve made this dish a little lighter, but no less wonderful!


Quantity Ingredient
olive oil, for shallow-frying
700g middle-sized courgettes, cut into 5 mm-thick slices lengthways
400g taleggio cheese, cubed
100g parmesan, freshly grated
salt and pepper

Tomato sauce

Quantity Ingredient
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
6 tablespoons olive oil
800g canned chopped tomatoes
10 basil leaves


Quantity Ingredient
100g plain flour
4 eggs, beaten
nutmeg, freshly grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC.
  2. Make the tomato sauce by frying the garlic in the olive oil in a pan until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and basil, some salt and pepper to taste and cook gently for 20–30 minutes.
  3. To make the batter, put the flour in a bowl, make a well in the centre and pour in the beaten eggs. Season with a little nutmeg and some salt and pepper, and mix well to a thickish batter.
  4. In a frying pan, gently heat a little olive oil. Dip the courgette slices into the batter, and fry in batches in the hot oil until golden, about 3–4 minutes per side. Drain on kitchen paper and set aside.
  5. Now to assemble the dish. Put a layer of courgette slices on the base of a baking dish. Pour over a little tomato sauce, and some of the cheeses and then get on with the next layer. Finish with the sauce and Parmesan.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Leave to cool before cutting into portions to serve.


  • If there is anything left over, you can eat it cold the next day with some bread. Because this dish is made with olive oil, it doesn’t congeal, and the flavours will have benefitted from having some extra time to combine.
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