Recipe: vegetarian stuffed marrow

Cheese topped stuffed marrow

Vegetarian stuffed marrow

Stuffed marrow is one of my favourite meals. I first tried it when Scott’s Mum cooked some for us a few years ago. She stuffed hers with pork mince and I loved it at the time but I can’t stomach minced meat anymore (nothing to do with her cooking, just my inner vegetarian coming out). Now I make a lightly spiced bean stuffing instead. Who could resist the allure of tomatoey beans covered in bubbling cheese? Not me!

Large marrow

First marrow of the year

We’ve grown three marrows this year and stuffed every single one. Partly because I don’t know what else to do with them but also because stuffed marrow is really really delicious. Sadly it feels like a bit of an old fashioned or underrated dinner nowadays and I haven’t seen any marrows for sale in the supermarket this year! Surely someone other than allotment owners must be growing this vegetable.


  • 1 marrow
  • 1 tin (4oog) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin (400g) kidney beans
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried mixd herbs OR
  • 2 handfuls of fresh herbs — thyme, oregano and marjoram are a nice mix but use whatever you have to hand
  • Half a red chilli/pinch of chilli powder
  • 100g grated cheddar (more if you like)
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Makes 4 large marrow rings.

Vegetarian stuffed marrow recipe

No vegetarians were harmed in the making of this recipe…

Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6.

1. Prepare marrow rings

Leave the skin on and chop your marrow in to 1.5 inch slices. Scoop out the centre and arrange flat in a baking dish — it is important they sit flat or the filling will spill out.

Hollow marrow rings

Marrow rings

2. Prepare the filling

Heat the olive oil in a pan. Fry your chopped onions and peppers with garlic and chilli until just softened. Add the tomato puree, stir to coat and cook for 2 minutes. Once you have a nice paste add the chopped tomatoes and herbs, then the kidney beans. Simmer until saucy and season well. Marrow doesn’t have much flavour so don’t be afraid to add a few extra herbs, salt or pepper.

3. Spoon in to rings

Fill the centre of each marrow ring with bean mixture. It will sink down as it cooks so pile the beans nice and high. Don’t add the cheese yet!

Marrow stuffed with beans

Marrow filling

4. Bake

  • Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes remove the foil and sprinkle grated cheese over each ring. Be as generous or as frugal as you like with the cheese. We love it so ours are always cheesy!
  • Bake for a further 15 minutes uncovered until the cheese is bubbling and golden and the marrow is tender.

5. Enjoy

Serve and enjoy!

Cheese topped stuffed marrow

On this occasion we ate ours with homemade chips — perfect for soaking up any leftover sauce.

In case you were wondering, the world marrow record is 68kg. Makes our 2kg marrow look like a peanut. Oh well, there’s always next year.


  1. I will definitely try this I saw some marrows in sainsburys last week, hopefully they will still have some this week ? X

    • Thumbs up for Sainsburys 🙂 If you wanted to use a less fatty cheese I think a soft goats cheese or soft sheep cheese would be very nice.

  2. These look delicious! I love rice stuffed courgettes, so I can imagine this being quite similar. I always used to buy marrows when I was a kid (i loved cooking!), but I’ve barely seen them in the shops the past few years! It’s such a shame because they’re so nice!
    I’ll definitely be saving this, as I’m always looking for vegetarian recipes to try and get me to eat less meat!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Thanks April. The recipe is pretty versatile so you could use rice/quinoa/other beans as a base for the sauce. We ran out of kidney beans so I used butter beans and they were equally as delicious. Shame we have no more homegrown marrows now!

  3. ooooooooo ooooooooo ooooooooooo!

    This looks yummy, we’re always trying to up our veggie meals so this is going on the list 🙂

  4. June Hall

    I have also peeled and deseeded cut into spaghetti strips and fried in butter for a few
    Minutes until soft and added basil pesto for a quick lunch
    Have not yet tried with Italian sauces but would think it should work and be less fattening

    • Gemma Evans

      Courgette spaghetti strips fried in butter sounds SO good. Need to buy a marrow so I can try it!

  5. Esme Nowell

    I’m vegan so going to make this with a drizzle melted cashew cheese to serve… thanks for the recipe!

  6. Hi, I found this recipe & your blog whilst searching online for “Marrow recipes” it looks delicious. I’ve been given a huge Marrow, it will keep me going for a week I reckon! I’m not vegetarian but am trying to incorporate more veggies in my cooking & try new recipes seeing as we have a polytunnel now & a glut of tomatoes, peppers & chilies. Thanks!

    • Gemma Evans

      Thanks Julie! The recipe is quite flexible, you could add some mince or shredded meat if you wanted to make a non vegetarian version. A glut of tomatoes, peppers and chillies sounds like a good problem to have 🙂

  7. Hi. Looks like a solution to our annual marrow glut (my other half has an allotment…). Do you eat the skin?

  8. Just made this today to use up a big marrow – or as we call them in the US, a “giant overgrown zucchini,” lol.

    I thought it was quite good! The only changes I made were to add some garlic and onion powder in addition to the chopped fresh garlic and onion, and to mix a little grated Parmesan cheese into the filling in addition to the cheese on top. I think that helped “up” the flavor a little more, since, as noted, marrow is pretty bland on its own. Oh and of course I had to do a quick google to convert to Fahrenheit, since my American cooker (“range”) has neither Celsius nor gas marks and I always forget the equivalents and have to look them up!

    We ate it as a vegetarian main course, but I imagine it would also be good served as a side to fish.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Delivered goods out of storage and customer gave us this stuffed marrow for lunch.
    Yummy ! Defiantly adding this to my future snacks for lunch.

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