Mid-week Marmite delight

The Man was supposed to have after-dinner drinks at work and I was all ready for a simple salad. But drinks got cancelled last minute and he was going to settle for instant noodles which I refused.

Subjecting to instant noodles would be so easy.  But, I guess you can say I was trying to push my boundaries to see what I could come up with for dinner within 30 minutes.  And I’m mildly proud that I did manage to whip up a simple dinner within 30 minutes!  Thanks to this superbly simple pasta recipe from Nigella Lawson and this little secret ingredient called Marmite that friends in UK have given us on our recent trip.

I love Marmite with pork chops and have long been fascinated with Marmite but I never incorporated it’s use when cooking.  Nigella’s recipe was really so simple that I thought I will let the Man test-drive the taste of Marmite before attempting to use it in meats.

Pasta with Marmite (Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson)

Serves 2


  • Pasta for 2
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of Marmite or more, to taste
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to serve


  1. Cook the pasta in 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 1 tablespoon of the pasta water, mixing thoroughly to dissolve.
  3. Reserve 1/2 a cup of pasta water; then drain the pasta and pour the Marmite mixture over the drained pasta, adding a little reserved pasta water to amalgamate if required.
  4. Serve with plenty of grated Parmesan cheese.

Sides dishes that accompanied the pasta were a simple corn salad and some meatballs which I popped in the oven to bake.  The Man was glad with the simple but wholesome spread and opened a lovely bottle of Red vino which we enjoyed along with the meal.

So, there, fears of using Marmite conquered (for now).  On to exploring more use of Marmite in my culinary adventures!

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15 thoughts on “Mid-week Marmite delight

  1. Corsage @ A Dollop Of Me says:

    Oh I haven’t had Marmite in ages! Reminds me of my childhood. I’ve never thought to use it with pasta, what a great idea! Have you tried Bovril? The beef version. Now I’m wondering what’s the difference in taste! hmm…

    You’re good to have done this you know, I’d have given up and gone for the instant noodles! I’ve eaten too many instant noodles in my lifetime! heh

    • Lady J says:

      Yeah, funnily I never liked Marmite when I was little. Perhaps I’m a lot more experimental now. I think Bovril just might work with this recipe.

      I know… It’s easy to just make us a packet of instant noodles..but I wanted to challenge myself..hehe.. too much time as you can see.. ;p

  2. blisschic says:

    i used to eat everything with marmite all the time when i was a little girl! love the taste of it although i must admit that i havent had it since ages ago! strange to say, i have many friends who dislike the taste of this though!

    • Lady J says:

      Wow? Marmite with everything? I love Marmite with pork chops.. miss eating those at our local ‘zhi char’ places. And I too have friends who dislike the taste of Marmite.. I think it’s an acquired taste. Hehe

    • Lady J says:

      Wow.. marmite mac and cheese? Hmm.. I gotta go try and find that recipe… I was thinking of mac and cheese with truffle oil next week… hehe

  3. Mimile says:

    If you like marmite you can try the swiss recipe called Cenovis which is made of several herbs and the color is brown.

      • Mimile says:

        Sorry, I never taste Marmite but I read on blogs where they compare the Cenovis to the Marmite and another Australian’s recipe (Vegemite). They say the taste is more similar to Marmite than Vegemite. I grew up with Cenovis and I like it with butter on toast. It exist the plastic pot and the tube of Cenovis, tube is more viscous than pot.

  4. Mimile says:

    I hope you will like it :).

    I’ve never seen Marmite in Switzerland but Ive never searched it (I want to taste it one day ^^ ). It seems the ingredients are similar so the taste should also be similar I think.

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