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Marmite Pasta

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So yeah. Marmite Pasta is totally a thing. No seriously, i’ve been making this stuff for years. Ever since the queen Nigella Lawson graced us with her Marmite Spaghetti i’ve been absolutely hooked on this dish. If you’re a Marmite lover, get ready for your tastebuds to tingle, because this dish is about to change your go-to Marmite recipe forever.

Marmite Pasta sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese with Jar of Marmite in the background

I don’t know about you, but when I first thought of ‘Marmite Pasta’ I got visions of pasta absolutely drowned in Marmite, or even worse, just pasta with Marmite drizzled over it. Yeah, that is pretty gross. The key to a delicious Marmite pasta is to treat it like a proper meal. Okay that sounds vague, let me explain.

Here I include butter, mushrooms, garlic, parsley and parmesan which already is a dream combo. A combo that just so neatly invites itself to the addition of Marmite. My point is that just because Marmite is a fun and kind of ‘novelty’ ingredient, doesn’t mean it can’t actually make a really delicious dish.

Anywho, enough preaching from me, let’s have a look at how darn easy it is to make.

Marmite Pasta Process Shots

Like I said, the key is creating a sauce, in contrast to just mixing in Marmite.

Simply sauté your mushrooms and garlic, melt in your butter and add a tsp of Marmite. Yep, just a tsp of Marmite will give you all the goodness you need.

Then it’s just a matter of mixing in some pasta. I tend to use spaghetti instead of  short cut pasta because I find it distributes the sauce out more evenly. Plus twirling spaghetti is fun, so is Marmite. You get the gist.

Overhead shot of Marmite Pasta in the pan

Marmite Pasta FAQ

  1. Can I use Vegemite? – Vegemite is Australia’s answer to marmite and the answer is yes you can use it! From what I could gather it’s kind of like Marmite but with a thicker texture and arguably a stronger, saltier flavour. I have made Vegemite pasta in the past and it’s just as delish. The only change I made was adding a little pasta water before adding the pasta itself, just to thin out the Vegemite.
  2. I’ve never had Marmite before, should I go straight in for the kill? – Marmite’s slogan is ‘you either love it or you hate’ and I really believe that’s true. My advice would be try Marmite (maybe just on buttered toast) and if you love it, go ahead!
  3. Can I use other types of pasta? – I tend to stick with spaghetti because it distributes the sauce more evenly, so you’re not stuck with a clump of Marmite in a pasta shell or something. However, feel free to choose whatever type you want, just mix it well!

Marmite Pasta with Parmesan Cheese

So for all my Marmite lovers out there, this recipe’s for us. Incredibly quick and easy to prepare, fun to make and delicious to eat!

How to make Marmite Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

5 from 4 votes
Marmite Pasta
Marmite Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Marmite Pasta is the unlikely combination the world never knew it needed. Love it or hate it, it's happened. And boy it's delicious. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Marmite Pasta
Servings: 2
Calories: 274 kcal
Author: Chris
Ingredients
  • 7 oz (200g) Spaghetti
  • 3.5 oz (100g) Button Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 heaped tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Marmite (or to taste)
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • good sprinkle of Fresh Parsley, finely diced
  • Parmesan Cheese, finely grated (to taste)
  • Black Pepper (to taste)
  • Olive Oil, for frying
Method
  1. Pop your Spaghetti in salted boiling water and cook according to packet instruction. Drain when ready, reserving a cup of pasta water.

  2. Fry your Mushrooms in a little Olive Oil over medium heat until browned and soft. Add your Garlic and fry a little longer until it just starts to brown.

  3. Melt in your Butter and add your Marmite. 

  4. Turn heat to low.

  5. Stir in your Spaghetti using your pasta water to thin out as needed. You won't need much, a few tbsp max.

  6. Sprinkle in your Parsley and Black Pepper. Mix everything in the pan, ensuring all the sauce is soaked up and all the Spaghetti is covered.

  7. Serve hot with plenty of Parmesan sprinkled on top.

Watch how to make it!

Recipe Notes

a) Salt - You'll see that I don't add any salt in this recipe apart from the season the spaghetti. Parmesan and Marmite are already very salty, so in my opinion no further salt is needed. However, season to preference if you'd prefer more salt.

 

b) Vegemite - Vegemite can easily be replaced in this recipe, however it is much thicker than Marmite. For this reason I would add the pasta water before you add the pasta, to ensure the sauce is smooth and can easily be blended.

 

c) Calories - Based on using 1 tsp olive oil, 2 tbsp of parmesan and 1 tsp of marmite.

Nutrition Facts
Marmite Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

For another fun pasta recipe head over to my Baked Camembert Mac and Cheese!

Baked Camembert Mac and Cheese

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily
    March 1, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Totally pinned this to my pasta board. It looks amazing!

    • Reply
      Chris
      March 2, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Aw thanks so much Emily! 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy | The Cook Report
    March 1, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I am a marmite addict and this is my dream meal!

    • Reply
      Chris
      March 2, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Yes! Welcome to team love it!!

  • Reply
    Savita
    March 1, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    What a delicious combination of flavors. Drooling! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Reply
      Chris
      March 2, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Thanks, Savita!!

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    March 2, 2018 at 12:47 am

    I am officially intrigued. I have never had marmite and don’t know much about it. Except that it exists. I feel like this is something i need to try, I love new ingredients!

    • Reply
      Chris
      March 2, 2018 at 10:26 am

      It’s definitely an acquired taste! But I can’t get enough of it!! You gotta try it 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    March 2, 2018 at 1:09 am

    So creative! Would never have thought of putting Marmite and pasta together!

    • Reply
      Chris
      March 2, 2018 at 10:27 am

      It’s definitely an odd concept, but so delish!!!

  • Reply
    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    March 2, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    My dad used to LOVE marmite, but I really couldn’t stand the smell. Or the taste. Really anything about it. But maybe I just haven’t found the right things to put it on. (it was always toast). This definitely sounds interesting. Not sure if I would buy marmite to cook this, but I would definitely try it if it was offered to me!

    • Reply
      Chris
      March 2, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      You know what they say, you either love it or hate it! If you get the opportunity defo give it a go! it’s delicious 🙂

  • Reply
    Sherry
    May 7, 2018 at 3:47 am

    Where do you get Marmite and what is it?

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 7, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Sherry! Marmite is a yeast extract which is often used as a spread on toast. It’s incredibly popular here in the UK, but is also known for it’s controversial and distinctive taste. Depending on where you live you may have something similar called ‘Vegemite’. It may be sold in the international isle of your grocery store or online. Hope this helps 🙂

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