Spanish stuffed marrow

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
Like its smaller cousin courgette, chunky marrows are great roasted with a strong-flavoured filling like paprika and chorizo

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:1 hrs
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 253
  • fat 13g
  • saturates 7g
  • carbs 21g
  • sugars 9g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 12g
  • salt 1g


  • 1 marrow
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 100g chorizo, chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp each dried oregano and dried thyme
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 140g roasted red peppers from a jar, sliced
  • handful parsley, chopped
  • 85g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 100g Manchego, grated


This good-value veg deserves more love. With a mild flavour, the humble marrow works best with strong flavours, such as garlic and spices. As well as being baked, marrow flesh can be cut into chunks and treated like its cousin, the courgette.


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the marrow in half lengthways and scoop out the middle. Put the halves, cut-side up, in a large roasting tin and season.

  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and sweat on a low heat for 10 mins until soft. Add the garlic, chorizo, spices and dried herbs. Cook for a few mins, then add the tomatoes and peppers. Turn down to a low simmer and cook for 10 mins, then stir through the parsley.

  3. Spoon the tomato mixture into the marrow halves, cover with foil and bake for 30 mins. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and Manchego, and return to the oven for 10 mins until the crumbs are golden and crisp, and the marrow is tender.

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