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Easy Turkey Mince and Courgette Bake recipe

Easy Turkey Mince and Courgette Bake recipe


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A healthy midweek meal that is easy to make. A great use of courgette or marrow! Use your favourite tomato based pasta sauce, and add dried herbs and seasoning to taste, if desired.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 450g minced turkey
  • 2 large courgettes, halved lengthways
  • 800g pasta sauce
  • 1 (300g) tin sweetcorn, drained
  • 140g grated Cheddar cheese

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:40min ›Ready in:50min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Brown turkey in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Place halved courgettes in a baking dish. Pour the minced turkey, pasta sauce and sweetcorn on top. Cover with aluminium foil.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until courgette are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Uncover, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 5 minutes.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(126)

Reviews in English (105)

by Sugarspice173

This was good, will make again. I pretty much followed recipe, but based on others having problems with zuchinni, I melted a little butter & sauteed the zuchinni until the started to brown slightly. I browned the turkey in the same pan I sauteed the zuchinni in & also added some chopped onions & garlic. I mixed in 2 cups of ragu spaghetti sauce w/mushrooms & green peppers & a can of corn & poured over the zuchinni! Covered & baked for about 30 minutes, removed foil, let cook another 10 minutes to thicken it up a little more & then put some freshly shredded cheddar cheese over the top, cooked until bubbly. I served it over wild rice (uncle ben's) & made garlic bread to go with it. My fiance liked it & said he'd take some to work today for lunch..(he is picky & will not take leftovers if he thought the meal was just ok) Nice change from hamburger meat & chicken & pork!-12 Jul 2007

by Kelly O

This was such a good, simple and nutritious recipe. I did omit the corn, added onion, garlic, and italian seasoning, and served it over large macaroni noodles to increase the kid appeal. My kids refuse to eat zucchini, but they tried it and admitted that it was pretty good. The zucchini takes on the flavor of the sauce. Had the leftovers for lunch today and they were great! I will make this again.-13 Nov 2007

by CookinBug

I don't know about this dish... it needs seasoning and a few tweaks. I added 2 cloves of garlic, chopped, while browning ground beef (had it thawed out already, so used it instead of turkey). I followed the rest of the recipe exactly, but wish I would have omitted the corn. It really doesn't seem to go with the rest of the ingredients. I think to make this work better I would do the following: precook zucchini until tender. Scoop out insides, leaving shell. Spoon beef/turkey into shells. Add zucchini guts to tomato sauce, along with seasoning of choice, and pour that over the top of the zucchinis. Forget about the corn. Then, bake as originally directed. Just some thoughts, but I think that would turn this into at least a 4 star recipe.-30 Apr 2008


Well, howdy. Just a quick post tonight as we’re both feeling pretty lousy for a myriad of different reasons – all rather banal and a bit wimpy but will be solved easily with some trash telly and a cup of tea on the new sofa. Which, I have to say, is divine. I don’t know how we existed before we had a reclining sofa. My ankles have never been so unswollen!

This recipe comes courtesy of the latest ASDA magazine and tweaked a little bit to make it Slimming World friendly. I hate those magazines, I really do. They’re always full of gap-toothed kids doing something cutesy-poo whilst some yummy-mummy type looks on. Blechh. So, anyways, here it is – courgette and turkey meatloaf balls. This is a great recipe to make from whatever’s left in the cupboards at home – turkey mince can always be found in our local supermarket reduced so we’ve got a freezer full of it, and all the other bits are probably floating around in your kitchen. And now you’ve finally got a recipe for that softening courgette you’ve all got in your fridges…


  • a medium-sized butternut squash
  • a little olive oil
  • a large onion
  • a large clove of garlic
  • 15 chestnut mushrooms
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 500g/1lb 2oz minced turkey
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • a little flour
  • 400ml/14fl oz red wine
  • a little Worcestershire sauce
  • a knob of butter
  • a little orange zest

Preheat the oven at 200C/400F/Gas 6. Peel, seed and roughly chop the butternut squash. Put the pieces of squash in a steamer basket and place over boiling water. Steam for 20-30 minutes until fully tender. They must be soft enough to mash.

Peel and roughly chop the onion. Peel and finely slice the garlic. Warm a couple of tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pan, then add the onion and garlic and cook until pale gold. Cut the mushrooms into thick slices or quarters and add to the pan with the leaves from the thyme sprigs. Fry until softened, then transfer to a mixing bowl.

Add a further tablespoon of oil to the pan, then, as soon as it starts to sizzle, add the minced turkey. Season generously with salt and pepper and then stir in a couple of heaped tablespoons of flour. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then pour in the red wine and a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce. Simmer at a low temperature for 5 minutes then add the mushrooms and onions. Continue cooking for 5 minutes then tip into a baking dish.

Mash the cooked squash with a potato masher then stir in a generous knob of butter and the grated orange zest, to taste. Season with salt and pepper.

Pile the mash on top of the turkey, dot with more of the butter, then bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the mash is lightly browned and slightly crisp on top.


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What if you don't like courgetti?

If you're not a fan of courgetti (or zoodles I think they're called in the US), you can replace with regular spaghetti.

Dry spaghetti:

If you want to cook the spaghetti in the pan with the meatballs, then add 600ml (2 ½ cups) just-boiled water or chicken stock to the meatballs and sauce, then add 200g (7oz) dried spaghetti. Ensure the spaghetti is fully submerged, then simmer with the lid on for 12-13 minutes to cook the pasta.

Cooked spaghetti:

If you want to add in spaghetti that's already cooked, just replace the courgetti with some cooked spaghetti and stir it through the sauce before serving.

Of course, this will change the calorie count and nutritional information.

I sometimes do a mixture of half and half - cooking the spaghetti in the meatball pan and adding the courgetti at the end.


Turkey And Courgette Bake

Turkey and courgette bake is the perfect weeknight dinner for when you&rsquore short of time. Healthy and filling with a creamy sauce inside topped with delicious mashed potato. And it&rsquos low cost too!

Easy, cheesy and delicious.

This the simplest description I can think of to describe this turkey and courgette bake!

And, I think you&rsquoll agree. You&rsquoll be making this time and time again.

It&rsquos another of my really quick healthy baked casseroles that I whipped up recently whilst trying to juggle my work and home life.

I know I&rsquom usually all about making everything from scratch, but even I have to concede sometimes!

When I haven&rsquot got the time to make a sauce, using a tin of condensed soup, as I did in this turkey and courgette bake makes for a perfect substitute.

If you have the time you could of course make a cheese sauce from scratch. The one in my low-cost healthy lasagne would be ideal.

This is a great balanced meal with the lean turkey providing half of your daily protein needs.

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To make the bolognese

(full instructions and quantities in the recipe card below)

  • First off we fry the onions until softened, then add in the garlic and fry for a minute.
  • Add finely chopped carrots and mushrooms and fry again.
  • Add the minced beef and fry, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon, until browned.
  • Pour in half a glass of red wine, and allow it to bubble away until it's reduced by three-quarters, then add tomato puree, oregano, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, a crumbled stock cube, a couple of tins of chopped tomatoes, a pinch of sugar and a little salt and pepper.
  • Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes, while you cook your spaghetti. You could also swap out the dried spaghetti for my homemade pasta, which goes PERFECTLY with bolognese.

Once the spaghetti has cooked, drain it and divided it between your bowls, then top with bolognese and a sprinkling of spring onions and grated Parmesan cheese.


A winner of a burger recipe that pairs the savoury, spicy, fatty deliciousness of chorizo with turkey mince to unite in a winning burger combo.

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Scott Baptie

Scott is the owner and founder of Food For Fitness. He is a fat loss coach, speaker and fitness writer with a masters (MSc) degree in Applied Sports Nutrition.