Marmite Spaghetti (Nigella Lawson’s Recipe)

Marmite Spaghetti

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Marmite is something you either love or hate. The guys at Marmite knew this, and they have a great sense of humour about it at that, setting up an official Marmite Facebook Hate Party complete with hilarious, self-deprecating posts which endears the brand to non-lovers as well. For me, of course I belong to the love camp. I have been eating Marmite for two decades, and it is a must-have condiment in my porridge. You will never see my fridge without a bottle. In a recent episode of Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Lawson shared a quick recipe of spaghetti with Marmite which I thought was really clever of her. It has since became my go-to “instant noodles” when I am cooking for myself with almost next to nothing in my fridge.

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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