Recipe: Bolognese-Stuffed Marrow


  • 1 marrow (approx. 1kg)
  • 400g beef mince
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 400 ml milk
  • 1 banana shallot
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 40g flour
  • 150g parmesan
  • 1 large egg


  • Heat 3 tablespoons of oil to a heavy-based saucepan, add the carrot, onion and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, then turn the heat down and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Infuse the milk for the cheese sauce by placing the milk, shallot, peppercorns and 1 bay leaf in a saucepan and bring to scalding point. Place a lid on top and set aside
  • Add the mince to the vegetables and stir, breaking up the meat. Cook on a high heat until all the meat is cooked. Add the tin of tomatoes, 1 bay leaf and plenty of salt and pepper.
  • Set the sauce to a very gentle simmer for at least an hour. Stir every now and then.
  • Preheat the oven to 175°C/gas mark 4. Wash the marrow, trim the ends off and slice it in half lengthways. Scoop out the seeds and fluff. Scoop out some flesh, leaving a 1 cm border.
  • Drizzle 2 tbsps of oil over the marrow and place on a baking tray and then into the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes until the flesh is only just cooked. Remove and set aside.
  • Finish making the cheese sauce by melting the butter over low heat in a saucepan and then add the flour. Cook for at least two minutes, stirring all the while. Strain the milk and add it all at once, whisking vigorously.
  • Once everything has combined and is smooth, stir until the sauce has thickened and just come to a simmer. Turn off the heat. Add 120g of grated Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Lastly, stir in the egg
  • Fill each marrow half with meat sauce until it comes to just before the top.
  • Pour over the bechamel until it is generously covered. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.
  • Place in the oven and cook for half an hour or until golden brown