Lunch/ Pasta

Marmite Pasta

March 1, 2018 (Last Updated: June 19, 2021) by Chris Collins

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!

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! Follow me…

overhead shot of marmite pasta in small white bowl with silver fork on marble background

Marmite Pasta Ingredients

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. Just because Marmite is a fun and kind of ‘novelty’ ingredient, doesn’t mean it can’t actually make a really delicious dish. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pasta – I find spaghetti (or any long cut pasta) works best for this recipe.
  • Marmite – A little goes a long way! I find 1 heaped tsp hits the sweet spot, but if you’re at all weary start off with less as it’s easy to adjust.
  • Butter – This makes the base of the sauce. I recommend using unsalted butter as Marmite is already quite salty.
  • Parmesan – Marmite and cheese is a glorious combo! Parmesan melts nicely into the sauce.
  • Garlic – Adds a gentle bit of flavour to compliment the Marmite, butter & parmesan.
  • Mushrooms – These help bulk out the pasta. They also take on the flavour of Marmite amazingly!
  • Parsley – This adds a nice fresh burst of flavour.

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!

Can I use Vegemite?

Vegemite is Australia’s answer to marmite and the answer is yes you can use it! In fact, I first tested this recipe with Vegemite when I was living in Australia!

Marmite Pasta ingredients with text labels

Making Marmite Pasta

As you can imagine it truly couldn’t be easier to make. The key is creating a simple sauce to carry the Marmite.

Starchy Pasta Water

Whilst the butter does make up a good portion of the sauce, just butter and Marmite would create a rather dry pasta. Throw in some parmesan and you’ve got clumpy dry pasta. The key to creating the sauce is adding in some of the water your pasta cooks in. The starch molecules help create an emulsion with the butter to create a very light, slightly creamy sauce. Well, less of a sauce, more of a glossy coating to the pasta.

It’s important to scoop out the water JUST before you drain the pasta, just so it’s extra starchy. If you scoop it right at the beginning not only will it be less starchy, which means the sauce will end up too watery, but it’ll also dilute the flavour. Either way, this is a crucial ingredient so don’t skip it!

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!

Process shots: fry mushrooms (photo 1), fry garlic then melt in butter (photo 2), stir in pasta water (photo 3), add Marmite (photo 4), stir to combine (photo 5), toss in pasta then toss in parmesan and parsley (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make Marmite pasta

close up shot of pasta tongs lifting up spaghetti from pan

Serving Marmite Pasta

Once the sauce soaks up and begins to wrap around the pasta, serve up right away. I like an extra helping of parmesan, but that’s totally optional. Kind of 😛 I tend to serve this for lunch because it’s fairly light, and also incredibly quick and easy!

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this Marmite Pasta shall we?!

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

How to make Marmite Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of marmite pasta in small white bowl with silver fork on marble background

Marmite Pasta

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!
4.8 from 5 votes
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Servings (click & slide): 2
Course: Lunch / Main Course
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories per serving: 249kcal
Cost per serving: £2.50 / $3

Equipment:

  • Frying Pan & Tongs
  • Pot & Colander
  • Fine Cheese Grater
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 7oz / 200g Spaghetti, or other long cut pasta
  • 3.5oz / 100g Button Mushrooms, sliced (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup / 20g freshly grated Parmesan, plus more to serve
  • 2 heaped tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1-2 tsp Marmite (see notes)
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced/finely diced
  • 1 heaped tbsp finely diced Fresh Parsley
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, for frying

Instructions:

  • Pop your spaghetti in salted boiling water and cook until al dente. Scoop out a cup of starchy pasta water JUST before draining.
  • Meanwhile fry the mushrooms in a little olive oil over medium heat until they begin to brown. Add garlic and a pinch of salt & pepper, then fry for another 1-2mins until the garlic just begins to pick up colour.
  • Melt in 2 heaped tbsp butter, then pour in 1/3 cup / 80ml of the starchy pasta water. Whisk with your wooden spoon to emulsify with the butter, then turn heat down slightly and stir in the Marmite.
  • Add spaghetti and toss to coat in the sauce. Sprinkle in parmesan and parsley and continue to gently toss until the sauce thickens around the spaghetti.
  • Check for seasoning then serve hot with more parmesan!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Mushrooms - The mushrooms take on the Marmite sauce beautifully, and they're great to bulk out the pasta. If you don't like mushrooms you can leave them out.
b) Marmite - I typically add 1 heaped tsp and find that to be the perfect strength. If you're at all weary start off with less and you can easily add more. Remember, this stuff is strong!!
c) Can I use Vegemite? - If you're reading this from AUS then yes Vegemite makes the perfect sub (I actually originally tested this recipe with Vegemite when I was living in AUS!)
d) Starchy Pasta Water - Important to scoop out the water just before draining, so it's at its starchiest. This is a crucial ingredient to help create the sauce, so make sure you remember it
e) Calories - Based on using 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp of marmite.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Marmite Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 109
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.08g19%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 0.05g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.89g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.31g
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 160mg7%
Potassium 237mg7%
Carbohydrates 29.27g10%
Fiber 5.1g20%
Sugar 1.81g2%
Protein 8.86g18%
Vitamin A 950IU19%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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