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Marmite Spaghetti (Nigella Lawson’s Recipe)

Marmite Spaghetti

Marmite Spaghetti Recipe

When cooking for one, I adapted the original recipe by using 1 serving (80g) of spaghetti with a small knob of butter, 1/2 tsp Marmite and 1 tbsp reserved pasta water.

Serves: 4-6

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins


  • 375g dried spaghetti
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp Marmite or more to taste
  • freshly grated parmesan to serve


  1. Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling, salted water, according to the packet instructions.
  2. When the pasta is almost cooked, melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the Marmite and one tablespoon of the pasta water, mixing thoroughly to dissolve.
  3. Reserve half a cup of the pasta water; then drain the pasta and pour the Marmite mixture over the drained spaghetti, adding a little of the reserved pasta water to amalgamate if required. Serve with plenty of grated parmesan.

Credit: Recipe from Nigella Kitchen

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37 Responses to “Marmite Spaghetti (Nigella Lawson’s Recipe)”

  1. zakashi — May 14, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    It tastes great that my children asked me to make it again next time. Thanks!


  2. miumiu — May 15, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    I LOVE Marmite to death …and have almost never lived without it in the refrigerator. This recipe is just brilliant!!


  3. Xiaolu — May 18, 2011 @ 1:34 am

    I’ve been really curious to try Marmite but it’s kind expensive here so I don’t want to buy a whole jar and then hate it hehe.


    • wiffy replied: — May 20th, 2011 @ 11:33 am

      I think it’s sold in mini bottle ;)


  4. seeumono — May 18, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    I made this yesterday and my hubby said to his surprise, its actually tasty (he was skeptical at first).

    I notice that after we have finished the pasta, there is butter remaining on my bowls and plates. Is is normal? Is it because I did not mix thoroughly or I put too much butter? (I used 200g instead of 375g of pasta. As for the sauce, I used the same quantity as what you listed above).


    • wiffy replied: — May 20th, 2011 @ 11:34 am

      maybe too much pasta water, resulting in residual sauce? the sauce is supposed to cling onto the noodles. But you can experiment with the quantity to suit your liking ;)


  5. Norma — May 19, 2011 @ 3:22 am

    I have never ever tried this..I was always told how awful it was a million years ago. If I find a tiny winny bottle, I will give it a change.


    • wiffy replied: — May 20th, 2011 @ 11:34 am

      hehe try it out for yourself and decide if you love or hate it ;)


  6. xann — May 31, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    hi, do you think this can within through the whole morning? Or will the taste go bad easily? Thought of making this for my man’s lunchbox at work.


    • wiffy replied: — June 9th, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

      Hi sorry I have not tried keeping the pasta for hours. perhaps you can pack the pasta and sauce separately and warm the sauce before tossing with the noodles


  7. Mindy Neo — June 1, 2011 @ 1:56 am

    Thank you for this recipe. The marmite with butter creates an interesting cocao taste and the dish goes well with some tomato tuna added in. Will be making it again. Thanks loads.



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