Marrow & Lentil Stew – Recipe No. 181

Today I have managed to use another 1/4 of my marrow by making a delicious ‘marrow and lentil stew’.

Just to clarify a question that has been popping up on Facebook and Instagram… a marrow in the UK is pretty much an overgrown courgette (zucchini) and not bone marrow (but I can understand the confusion there for sure!).

So far out of 1 marrow I have created 3 large portions of ‘Marrow Masala’ (not a 1940’s recipe), a ‘Courgette Cake’ (not a 1940’s recipe), 3 large jars of ‘Marrow Chutney’ and today a ‘Marrow and Lentil Stew’. The stew today was delicious!

Here is the stove top recipe.

Marrow and Lentil Stew

  • 1 lb of marrow, deseeded, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 heaped dessertspoon of chutney (I added the marrow chutney I made yesterday)
  • Salt & Pepper to your own preferred taste
  • Rosemary and other dried herbs to your own preferred taste.
  • Bisto powder to thicken (or gravy granules)


  1. Place the onion is a saucepan with a teaspoon of margarine and fry lightly until starting to brown
  2. Add in the marrow, chopped tomatoes, red lentils, chutney, herbs and mix.
  3. Add in some boiling water to cover veggies and ad salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add in Bisto powder (mixed into a smooth runny paste with a little water) to thicken after the stew has been cooking for 20 minutes. Continue to cook until veggies and lentils are cooked.

Serves 2

9 thoughts on “Marrow & Lentil Stew – Recipe No. 181

  1. I managed to get hold of a marrow to try this out…. I wasn’t certain if “1lb of marrow” meant before or after peeling and de-seeding (with a young marrow, cutting out the seeds makes a big difference to the weight) but guessed that it meant after. I ended up with three helpings of stew, so it can’t have been too far out!

    I didn’t have any Bisto, so added a tablespoon of flour and half an Oxo cube before putting the water in, plus an extra spoonful of chutney. Very tasty!

  2. Lovely I added a veg stock cube instead of bisto, also added 2 finely chopped sticks celery and 3 finely chopped mushrooms. Cooked it all for much longer than the recipe stated but it was delicious. I replaced tin of tomatoes with 3 skinned fresh tomatoes too.

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