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.

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    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)