Marmite Spaghetti

First posted in May 2011, updated in May 2017.

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 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.

Step-by-Step Pics (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!

Marmite Spaghetti Recipe

Marmite Spaghetti Recipe

Use your favourite pasta (such as linguine or angel hair) in place of spaghetti. The basic marmite spaghetti tastes great on its own, but you can also add ingredients such as mushrooms to make it a more sumptuous meal.

Check out the previous page for step-by-step pictures.


  • 2 servings (roughly 160g) spaghetti or other pasta noodles such as linguine or angel hair
  • 25 grams unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp Marmite to taste
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • reserved pasta water

Serving Suggestion

  • freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • freshly chopped parsley


  1. Cook Pasta. Cook spaghetti in a pot of boiling water with 1 tsp salt added until al dente (usually minus 2 minutes off recommended time in packaging instructions for spaghetti).
  2. Make Marmite Sauce. While the pasta is cooking, make the marmite sauce. Melt butter in a small saucepan and add Marmite while the butter is still hot, stirring with spatula to dissolve it completely.
  3. Serve. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add them to the Marmite sauce to toss, adding 1-2 tbsp pasta water to bind everything together. Optional: Serve with grated parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

Credit: Idea from Nigella Kitchen