Courgette Flowers in a Tomato Sauce
This recipe for courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta in a tomato sauce makes for an easy laid-back vegetarian supper and can be ready in as little as 30 minutes. It’s a healthy, delicious way to enjoy courgette flowers which are prolific this time of year!
Courgette Flower Power
You’ll find a lot of recipes for courgette flowers involve batter and deep frying them, but this easy summertime recipe really allows the delicate flavour of the zucchini blossoms to shine through. The recipe for courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta is thought to have originated in Italy, where the dish is known as “fiori di zucca ripieni di ricotta” in Italian. It’s a popular appetizer or light meal and is often served during the summer months when courgette flowers are plentiful.
Flavours of Summer
The flavors of courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta work together to complement each other beautifully. The zucchini’s mild freshness pairs well with the creamy fullness of the ricotta, while the Parmesan cheese adds a hint of sharpness. The tomato sauce provides a slightly acidic counterpoint to the richness of the filling, and if you have time to leave the tomatoes to simmer, it develops a gorgeous sweetness.
It’s also makes for a visually appealing meal with bright orange courgette flowers in a rich red tomato sauce – a visual feast!
This recipe for courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta is a relatively easy dish to make and can be prepared in a relatively short amount of time. The only slightly tricky part is removing the stamen from the center of each flower, but this can be done quickly and easily with a pair of scissors. Once the stamen has been removed, the flowers can be stuffed with the ricotta mixture.
The reason I recommend removing the stamens is that they tend to be quite bitter, which detracts from the lovely freshness and delicate flavour of the flowers.
This is a dish that works really well when served with a crisp green salad – and of course, mopping up the tomato sauce with some fresh crusty bread is always a winner!
Courgette flowers are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium, while tomatoes are full of lycopene. So as well as being easy to make, delicious, and visually appealing, it’s a healthy choice too.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What other filling could I use?
The ricotta cheese can be flavored with different herbs and spices, like basil and oregano. In some parts of Italy, the courgette flowers are stuffed with a mixture of ricotta, parmesan and anchovies – and while this version wouldn’t be suitable for vegetarians, it does offer an interesting contrast of sweet and savoury.
How do I prep the courgette flowers?
Gently clean the courgette flowers by removing the stem or small courgette. Remove the fleshy pistil / stamen and remove the spiny leaves at the base of the flower, if there are any.