Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the pulpy centre with a teaspoon leaving a 1 cm thick shell. Roughly chop the pulp.
Place the zucchini shells in a shallow baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until tender when pierced.
Meanwhile, cook the rice in a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 12–15 minutes until just tender. Drain, allow to stand for 5 minutes then add the tomatoes, egg, mint and pepper to season. Set aside.
Saute the lamb over a moderate heat for 5 minutes, or until browned. Add the onion and garlic then cook for a further 5 minutes until the onion has softened. Stir in the passata or pasta sauce, reserved zucchini pulp and rosemary. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10–15 minutes. Stir in the rice mixture and mix together.
Spoon the stuffing mixture into the zucchini shells and sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for 15–20 minutes until golden and crispy on top. Serve immediately.
This is my favourite recipe now. Thanks. But I have modified it to make it even yummier. After scooping out the zucchinis I threw the shells away. In their place I used halved capsicums (no need to bake before adding filling). Incredibly yummy.
I have a question. Having looked up this recipe because I have had some success in growing zucchini I want to know how I would change this to use a very big zucchini. This is at least 30 cm and probably weighs about 1.5 kg. Will this work?
This was really nice. We had excess zuchini from our garden and this was a great recipe. Our 3 young children loved it, and even asked for more. It would be great with some additional veggies in it like silverbeet.