Sweet Roasted Courgettes with Crispy Chickpeas (Ve)

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 medium courgettes
  • olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • ½ a bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1 x 230g jar of roasted red peppers
  • 550g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 1 unwaxed lemon
  • salad
  • quinoa or bread to serve


  1. Preheat your grill to high and get all your ingredients and equipment together.
  2. Grate the courgettes then scatter evenly on a baking tray, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with a little oil and place under the grill to cook and char for about 20 minutes, turning every couple of minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, put a frying pan on a medium heat. Thinly slice the red onion and add it to the pan with a splash of olive oil and the thyme leaves. Cook for 5 minutes, until soft.
  4. Finely chop the red peppers and tomatoes and finely slice the garlic. Once the onions are browned, add them to the tray of courgettes with the peppers, tomatoes and garlic and continue to cook and brown, turning every 5 minutes, for a further 10-15 minutes.
  5. Put the frying pan back on a high heat and add a little more olive oil. Add the chickpeas, a good pinch of salt and pepper and the zest of the lemon and cook until the chickpeas are crisped around the edges. This will take about 10 minutes, and you’ll need to keep tossing the chickpeas in the pan.
  6. Once the courgette mixture is softened, and charred in places, scatter over the chickpeas. Serve with some lemon-dressed green leaves and some quinoa or bread.

Recipe contributed by Hilary from A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones