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Courgette, Tomato and Brie Gratin, 26p.

Courgette And Brie Gratin, 51p for 2 portions (26p each)

Still using up those courgettes…

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Ingredients:*

1/2 courgette, 30p (£1.80 for 6)
1/2 onion, 3p (part of a 20pc vegetable selection, £1)
25g Brie, 14p (£1.09/200g)
75g Rice, 3p (40p/1kg)
1 Chicken or Vegetable stock cube, 1p (10p for 10)
Basil and Parsley, free (grow on my window ledge)

How To:

1. Dice the onion and add to a sauté pan with the rice. Add the chicken stock a little at a time, on a low heat, stirring frequently until absorbed. You may need to add more or less liquid, I find it varies slightly every time I do it!

2. Add the half carton of chopped tomatoes, and fresh torn basil and parsley leaves, and stir through. Remove from the heat.

3. Finely slice the courgette into 1mm slices.

4. Spoon the rice-and-tomato-and-onion mixture into two ovenproof dishes, ramekins, or bowls (I use two hardy soup bowls that I found in Oxfam, you may have seen them in other cooking photos on my blog!)

5. Dice the Brie into small pieces and scatter on the top.

6. Lay the courgette slices over the Brie so that they overlap, brush with a little oil (optional)

7. Cook in the oven at 180C for 15 minutes or until the courgette is cooked.

Make it posh variations:

1. Add grated Parmesan or hard cheese to the top.

2. Add pancetta cubes or 100g of chopped pieces of bacon (£1.08 for 670g) to the tomato and rice. Fry first in the sauté pan, then start from stage 1.

3. Add crushed garlic and lemon rind and juice for extra flavours.

I served mine with a chunk of home made garlic and herb bread…

Ms Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe

*(All prices quoted are Sainsburys or Sainsburys Basics where available, correct at time of publication. Costs checked against ASDA SmartPrice, Tesco Value, Morrisons Value and Waitrose Essentials ranges. Some variation between supermarkets but most items widely available at similar prices.)

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16 replies »

  1. This was yummy! I added the garlic and a splash of white wine – I’m afraid it didn’t quite make it to the fridge for portion 2! Thanks!

  2. Menu planning with your recipes for the next week – love how cheap everything is, thank you. Quick thing on this one – the chopped tomatoes are missing from the ingredients list…

  3. If I have any left over brie I usually use it to make pizzas using mini naan and homemade tomato sauce with brie and olives scattered on top yum yum !

  4. Just made my own variation of this and it is absolutely delicious. I used feta cheese instead of Brie and also added some Parmesan. To the rice fresh basil, parsley and thyme. I also added lemon zest and juice. I had some left overs in jars of red pepper and sun dried tomatoes which went in too. Scrummy! Will be making again.

  5. I have courgettes growing in the garden at the moment, and I have a fairly cheap favourite recipe for them myself.

    Slice courgettes and potatoes and onion or leek and layer in a dish. Take a tin of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup (you need to go to Home Bargains for this though as it is only 54p there and around £1 in most of the supermarkets) add either milk or a little white wine and plenty of fresh ground black pepper and pour over the veg. Bake :)

    You can also do the same layers with a Philly type cheese slightly thinned with milk – and you can add other veg to the layers as well if you want, and different herbs with the pepper – any of them are lovely :)

  6. Made this tonight. Absolutely delish. This is the 3rd recipe I tried and they’ve all been fab. They’ll all most definitely become staples! This blog is amazing. Thanks so much, Jack.

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