Mediterranean Filled Loaf


  • 1 yellow pepper, de-seeded and quartered
  • 2 red peppers, de-seeded and quartered
  • 200g courgettes, thinly sliced
  • 100g aubergine, thinly sliced
  • small bunch thyme sprigs
  • olive oil, to drizzle
  • 1 x 400g day old unsliced tin loaf of bread
  • 2-3 tbsp ready made pesto
  • 75g mozzarella, sliced into 5 pieces
  • bunch basil leaves
  • 2 slices ham, about 65g, halved


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan180°C/Gas Mark 6. Place the peppers, courgettes, aubergines and thyme in a roasting tin. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 1 hour. Turn the vegetables half way through the cooking time.

  2. After the cooking time allow the vegetables to cool completely.

  3. Meanwhile, slice the top off the loaf of bread and hollow out the loaf. Brush the insides of the loaf and the inside of the lid with pesto.

  4. Layer up the loaf¸ starting with the yellow pepper, followed by half the courgettes and aubergines, half the red peppers, the mozzarella, basil leaves, half the ham, the remaining courgettes and aubergines, red pepper, ham and finally more basil leaves. Put the lid back on. Wrap tightly in cling film. Put in the fridge with weights on top of the loaf for 4-6 hours. Slice and serve.