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Marmite Spaghetti

Marmite Spaghetti Recipe

First posted in May 2011, updated in May 2017.

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Marmite is something you either love or hate. For me, of course I belong to the love camp. I even enjoy a marmite drink by simply dissolving marmite in hot water (better than essence of chicken!), and it is a must-have condiment in my porridge since my childhood days. And ever since I discovered marmite spaghetti from watching Nigella’s Kitchen, marmite now has a new purpose: it has become the key ingredient in my favourite to-go “marmite instant noodles”.

More Marmite Recipes:
Marmite Mushroom Pasta Recipe
Baked Marmite Chicken Wings Recipe
  • Marmite Chicken Wings Recipe (above; upcoming)

Marmite Spaghetti Recipe

Dress it up a little with some grated parmesan cheese and chopped parsley, and this quickie pasta dish even looks gourmet. This recipe is a god-sent when there is next to nothing in the fridge, and I want to whip up something quick but more wholesome than instant noodles.

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It takes 10 minutes to make this dish if I’m using spaghetti. If you want even quicker, use quick-cooking angel hair which takes only about 2 minutes of cooking time.

Making almost-instant marmite spaghetti:

Marmite Spaghetti Recipe
Cook spaghetti in boiling salted water.

Almost-Instant Marmite Sauce (Step-by-Step)
While the pasta is cooking, make the Marmite pasta sauce. Melt butter in a pan. You can also use the microwave oven.

Almost-Instant Marmite Sauce (Step-by-Step)
While the melted butter is still hot, add in marmite….

Almost-Instant Marmite Sauce (Step-by-Step)
… and stir until the marmite is fully dissolved.

Marmite Spaghetti Recipe
When the spaghetti is cooked, add them to the butter marmite sauce, adding 1-2 tbsp pasta water to bind everything together. Done!

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39 Responses to “Marmite Spaghetti”

  1. chow lee Peng — May 12, 2011 @ 12:19 am

    Economy, quick and simple recipe especially when one is hungry.
    Easy to prepare within 15 minutes


  2. Anncoo — May 12, 2011 @ 1:00 am

    Mmm…this sounds delicious and healthy with Marmite. Would like to make this for my hubby because he loves Marmite :)


  3. tigerfish — May 12, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    I remember I used to eat Bovril more often than Marmite. Long forgotten taste for me….


  4. Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover — May 12, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    This is super easy pasta, soung good too.


  5. Life for Beginners — May 12, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    Truer words were never spoken – MARMITE is indeed something one either hates/loves. Fortunately I belong to the latter category, so this dish is both simple, wholesome and right up my alley! :)

    Kinda reminds me of my student days, when I’d substitute the packet of seasoning for some Marmite when cooking instant noodles (the dry, non-soupy variety).


  6. Maureen — May 12, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

    Is there anything I need to note with I use normal butter?


    • wiffy replied: — May 20th, 2011 @ 11:30 am

      you mean salted butter? It should be fine, you may need slightly less marmite to season the noodles if using salted butter


  7. Sissi — May 12, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    Hi, I am so happy I have discovered your website! Your recipes look very inspiring and the marmite pasta is definitely the dish I have to make. In Switzerland we have something very similar, a bit lighter in taste, called “cenovis” and I couldn’t really say which one I prefer. It would be interesting to compare cenovis pasta with marmite pasta one day :-)


    • wiffy replied: — May 20th, 2011 @ 11:31 am

      I have to research about cenovis pasta one day, sounds interesting and delicious. This isn’t my recipe though, I learn this from Nigella Kitchen (TV show) :)


  8. mycookinghut — May 13, 2011 @ 2:31 am

    Believe it or not, I have never tasted marmite! Is it the same as Bovril? I might give this a go!


    • wiffy replied: — May 20th, 2011 @ 11:32 am

      how could you! marmite is cheap in UK ;) hehe just kidding. I think it’s the same type of food, taste similar to Bovril but not the same (they have different formulas and ingredients)


  9. kimberlycun — May 13, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    about time someone comes up with marmite spaghetti hahah! love this!


  10. shirley@kokken69 — May 14, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    So glad you’ve shared this recipe. I have not had marmite for the longest time and can’t wait to relive the flavours!