Stuffed Marrow with Beef Mince

Recipe kindly donated by Penny's Recipes
One hour +

This stuffed marrow with mince recipe is easy and delicious. You can use your favourite mince recipe such as bolognese or chilli (or vegetarian options) to stuff a marrow, so do experiment. Cheese is always good grated on the top, too. You can also stretch the mince further by adding some oats or lentils to the mix.

Medium sized marrow (approx 1.5kg/ 3lb), cut into eight slices
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
500g/1lb lean minced beef
400g/14oz can tomatoes
2 teaspoons mixed herbs
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2 tablespoons grated cheddar or parmesan type cheese
Heat the oven to 180°C.
Heat the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan.
Fry the onion until soft.
Add the garlic and beef mince and cook for a few minutes until browned.
Add the tomatoes, herbs and tomato puree and cook for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, scoop out the centre of each marrow ring and then place the rings in a large baking dish.
Spoon a portion of the mince sauce into the centre of each marrow ring and then pour the remaining sauce over the top.
Cover with foil and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes.
Remove the foil, sprinkle with cheese and return to the oven uncovered for 10 minutes.