Bone Marrow Pasta | Pasta Al Midollo Osseo

I had to wait to make this bone marrow pasta for a second time until I could gather all the ingredients together. Our local supermarket was out of marrow bones for quite some time, and I shop there less frequently now that life is mostly back to normal.

Bone Marrow Pasta
Bone Marrow Pasta
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Last year, during hard lockdown, the Unemployment Insurance Fund offered financial relief. This temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme is still ongoing. What should have been a simple application from me turned into anything but? I employ one person and I pay UIF for her. This is a compulsory contribution in South Africa and amounts to 2% of an individual’s salary. Pay outs are normally made when a person is retrenched or fired from their place of employment. And relief is given during maternity leave. At the start of Covid the plan was to pay Employees a percentage of the salary paid to staff, up to a maximum set amount. The relief paid depended on sector minimum wages and proof of income. I applied for the March to end April period when everything was closed. And again for May when our sector was still not allowed to operate.

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I did not take advantage of the system and apply for June like some companies I know. And neither did I claim for non-existent employees. And until last month I had not received one cent! Luckily for me I qualified for a loan so I had some financial relief while I was not earning an income. Finally, I managed to get through to someone in the department who knew what they were talking about. She told me what to do on my side and eventually in May I received the first payment. This was not the entire amount I paid over, but after a year of waiting, I was more than happy to just receive something. The second payment has now been processed so all I have to do is wait for it to appear in my bank. Did you apply for salary relief in any form?

Bone Marrow Pasta

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Bone Marrow Pasta

Make sure you buy marrow bones that are more marrow than bone!
Recipe Category: Italian
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 850 g marrow bones
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 150 g dried tagliatelle
  • 2.5 mls peppercorns
  • generous pinch of saffron
  • 5 g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 5 mls lemon juice
  • 5 g flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 230° Celsius
  • Season both cut sides of the marrow bones generously then place cut side up into an ovenproof dish
  • Place into the oven and cook for 25 minutes
  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil
  • Salt generously, add the pasta and cook as per the method instructions on the packet
  • Place the peppercorns and saffron into a dry frying pan and heat over a low temperature
  • Take off the heat as soon as you can smell the pepper and tip into a mortar
  • Grind the peppercorns and saffron using a pestle
  • Remove the marrow bones from the oven, pop the marrow out of the bones and set aside
  • Add the fat from the bottom of the dish to the frying pan
  • Increase the temperature, add 30mls of the pasta water and the ground spices, and swirl to emulsify
  • When the pasta is done, drain and add to the frying pan
  • Add the bone marrow and Parmesan and toss to combine
  • Adjust the seasoning and take off the heat
  • Add the lemon juice and parsley, give it a quick toss and serve straight away
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16 thoughts on “Bone Marrow Pasta | Pasta Al Midollo Osseo

    1. I did it myself which I think impacted the payout time. Thankfully I’ve been paid out. And you were lucky to be able to work the entire time.

  1. Oh my goodness i love this! I grew up sucking marrow out of bones. My family things it’s disgusting, of course. But then, it became a hip thing to serve at restaurants, maybe about 12 years ago if my memory serves. So now, well not now, but when we could travel, i could enjoy bone marrow. I’ve never thought of having it with pasta. How divine.

  2. No one I know lost their job–just lots of remote work. I’ve heard of people eating bone marrow but never a preparation like this. I sometimes eat a little when I make broth but I haven’t quite warmed up to it yet, though I know it’s supposed to be very healthy!

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