Nigella Lawson's Spaghetti with Marmite

Serves 4–6


  • 375g dried spaghetti
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp Marmite or more, to taste
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve


  • Cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water, according to the packet instructions.
  • 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. 
  • Reserve a cup of pasta water; then drain the pasta and pour the Marmite mixture over the drained spaghetti, adding a little reserved pasta water to amalgamate if required.
  • Serve with plenty of grated parmesan cheese.