Qarabali mimli bil-patata l forn -Baked stuffed Marrows

Was at Farmers’ Market at Ta Qali and saw large round marrows and at once I thought baked stuffed marrows! I used lamb mince this time but beef ,pork or a mixture of both is good. I baked it with onions & potatoes so it is a complete meal.


6 large round marrows, stem cut ,washed and take the inside  pulp out,using a teaspoon or melon baller. I discarded the pulp but if you wish you can use it with the filling.

750 g minced lamb or minced meat of your choice.

1 large finely chopped onion

4 tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 cup tomato passata

3 finely chopped cloves

2 tablespoons grated cheese

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

1 beaten egg


2 bayleaves

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the onions & potatoes you need:

2 large onions cut into slices

about 8 good sized poatoes ,peeled and sliced.

4 garlic cloves

fennel seeds




In a saucepan fry the finely chopped onion and when its soft ass the cinnamon and mixed spice .

Then add the minced meat & garlic and fry until brown.

Mix in the tomato paste and  cook it for a few minutes.

Add the passata,season well with black pepper and salt and 2 bay leaves. and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off and uncover so it cools a bit.

While the stuffing is  simmering ,  peel the potatoes and onions.

In another saucepan or large deep frying pan,heat some oil and fry the sliced onions.

Add the sliced potatoes & garlic ,mix with the onion and fry  for a few minutes.

Season well with salt and pepper ,add 2 cups water ,cover and simmer.

I prefer to cook it a bit so it will not take too long in the oven.

Put  over low heat and cook until the potatoes are sort of  half cooked. Take care what potatoes you use because some type of potatoes  cook faster than others.

Remove the bay leaves from the minced meat stuffing ,add the grated cheese,chopped parsley and beaten egg. Mix well.

Then fill the marrows with this mixture.

When potatoes are ready ,spread in a baking dish.Sprinkle some fennel or caraway seeds on top .

Over it place the stuffed marrows . You can sprinkle some more grated cheese or fine breadcrumbs or even semolina on top of the stuffed marrows.

Bake in preheated 200C oven until the marrows are done and the potatoes are a bit crunchy .




4 Responses to Qarabali mimli bil-patata l forn -Baked stuffed Marrows

  1. Josette Elding says:

    Tried this recipe last Tuesday and it came out delicious

  2. Adele says:

    Could you please tell me what passata is?

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