Koosa (Lebanese stuffed courgette)

    50 min

    Courgette cored and stuffed with meat and rice then cooked in tomato sauce is a traditional Lebanese comfort food recipe.

    3 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 6 large courgettes
    • 450g chopped steak
    • 200g white rice
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 tin tomato soup
    • 1 tin whole plum tomatoes

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Cut one end off each courgette. Use a small scoop to scoop the flesh from the courgette, leaving shells. Discard the flesh.
    2. Mix chopped round steak, rice, nutmeg, salt and black pepper together in a bowl. Lightly stuff the steak mixture into the courgette, making sure to leave about 1 inch of space for the rice to expand; if you don't, the courgette will burst which still tastes good but doesn't look as nice.
    3. Place the courgette in a large pot; add tomato soup and tinned tomatoes. Place a plate on top of the courgette to prevent them from bouncing around once the sauce is boiling.
    4. Bring the sauce to the boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook at a simmer until the rice is fully cooked, 30 to 45 minutes.

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    Very tasty and authentic. I didn't have a small scoop so I used a butter knife and gently twisted the tip into the zucchini and it cored it out perfectly. I had to use more tomato soup and stewed tomatoes (plus I added water to make the sauce more liquid to cover all the zucchini in the pot) also I brought the sauce to a slight boil before I added the zucchini. Otherwise perfect!  -  10 May 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a good base recipe for Lebanese Koosa, however, there's 2 big things missing: dried crushed mint and Lebanese yogurt (Leban). Allll Lebanese I know eat this with Leban on top and generously sprinkle crushed dried mint on top. With these two additions, which are essential, it's very good.  -  27 Dec 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I loved them. My family (more importantly) loved them as well. I did not use canned soup, but my homemade tomato soup, since I try to avoid canned foods as much possible. My son, who is not to excited about Middle Eastern foods in general, (he thinks they are too bland) even liked them. This is something I will make again.  -  13 Nov 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)