Courgette, Mascarpone and Parmesan Tart

Courgette, Mascarpone and Parmesan Tart

Courgette soup. Courgette salad. Fried courgettes. Grilled courgettes. Grated courgettes. Courgette cake. Courgette everything! This year we have a bumper crop of courgettes from our vegetable plot and it is simply amazing how much twelve plants yield. Every day Neil comes into the kitchen with about 2kg (4 pounds) of these beasts. At first I was delighted but after eating them morning, noon and night I finally gave up. I’m now known as the kooky courgette lady in the village; always unloading the vegetables on anyone who crosses my path. It is such a shame they don’t freeze well.

To clarify things… In USA courgettes are known as “zucchini” and in South Africa “baby marrow”. Marrows are humungous courgettes that you discover after they have been hiding way too long under the big foliage of the plants and in the meantime increased ten times in size.

Courgette, Mascarpone and Parmesan Tart

When I saw this recipe in BBC Good Food I just knew I had to make it and was not disappointed.

Courgette, Mascarpone and Parmesan Tart
Serves 4
Preparation: 10 mins – Cooking:35 mins

Courgette, Mascarpone and Parmesan Tart

  • ready-rolled puff pastry, 1 x 375g sheet
  • 3 courgettes, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • olive oil
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) mascarpone cheese
  • 50g (1½) Parmesan cheese, grated
  1. Heat the oven to 200°C (fan 180°C/390°F/gas 6). Unroll the pastry onto the baking sheet and score a border 2,5cm (1 inch) in from the edge.
  2. Toss the courgettes and garlic with the olive oil and lots of seasoning.
  3. Mix the mascarpone with half the parmesan and spread inside the border. Arrange the courgettes in overlapping rows. Bake for 15 minutes, then scatter with parmesan. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Serving Suggestion
  • Serve with chilled white wine and a tangy salad on the side.

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  1. says

    Oh that looks delicious! Great pictures and an easy-to-make recipe! Thanks for sharing.
    P.S. I’ve been making zucchini bread today–I have 8 loaves in the oven right now! :)

  2. says

    I also made a tart last night, but haven’t posted it. It does not nearly look as good as this one, though!!! I love the addition of mascarpone!!

  3. kate says

    This is a super recipe and work well with nearly all veg. I made it a lot (without the garlic) with this years’ asparagus. We have a huge crop of yellow zucchini and the extra sweetness makes it extra good!

  4. Shirley Berry says

    Hi Michelle
    Just returned from the Drakensberg – made your chicken, brie sandwiches for the journey down, have to say they were…TDF. Love your site.

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