Marmite & pancetta spaghetti

Marmite & pancetta spaghetti

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins - 12 mins


Serves 4

Trust us when we say it works! Even Marmite haters will love this umami pasta dish with crispy Italian bacon

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal848
  • fat39g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs90g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre6g
  • protein33g
  • salt2.5g
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  • 500g pack of spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 200g pancetta, diced



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 80g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 tsp Marmite
  • 50g cheddar, grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • grated parmesan, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the spaghetti. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the pancetta for 8-10 mins until crispy.

  2. Once the pasta is cooked, drain, reserving a little pasta water. Tip the spaghetti back into the pan with the pasta water and add the pancetta with the fat from the pan, the butter, Marmite and cheeses. Use tongs to coat the spaghetti in the sauce and season with a little pepper. Taste and add a little more Marmite , if you like. Serve in bowls with extra Parmesan sprinkled over.

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12th Dec, 2019
I love marmite and butter pasta, I first saw the idea in a Nigella Lawson book but she does not include the meat, I tried it and loved it. It is so savoury and delicious it does not need the pancetta, this is a go to of mine when I can't be bothered to "cook" properly, quick, easy and delicious.
James Daubeney
10th Mar, 2019
Making this later, can't wait! X
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Kathryn Leckie
8th Jan, 2019
I Made a few changes with this recipe, I used just normal bacon and cooked it off with an onion, chilli flakes and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, I also added half a broccolli to the spaghetti for a bit of crunch! It definitely went down well with the Husband think I'll be adding more marmite next time as I didn't really taste it but still very tasty anyway.
28th Nov, 2018
Could not believe how good this recipe was. Wish I’d tried it ages ago.. I halved (almost) the recipe as there was only 2 of us. Next time I’ll increase the pancetta and the marmite. A really great recipe for a quick tasty meal. I can see me doing this often, and maybe try adding some mushrooms for a change.
30th Jul, 2018
I made this without the pancetta as I don't like it (I don't like bacon either) and it was delicious, for me I put less marmite in it too, only one teaspoon, it was enough. This is something I would cook for myself when I am too tired to bother doing a proper full on cooking session. It's so simple and so delicious.
14th Oct, 2017
What a surprise! My better half wasn't sure if that will be good, but soon we changed our minds and gobled it all. I didn't use any butter as pancetta gave enough fat. It was fantastic. And two teaspoons of marmite isn't too much as I feared. Tasty supper in no time with so little to do. Will be making it again and again.
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Flute's Food
25th Oct, 2016
This is lovely but I would say that because I could eat marmite with a teaspoon straight from the jar. I prefer using bacon as find pancetta more fat than anything
29th May, 2016
We've made this meal twice and have already agreed it will become a staple "easy meal' for us to make when we're tired or lacking in inspiration. It's also strangely addictive and my partner and I have often admitted to craving this! Only half the amount of butter is needed for this dish and we'd recommend serving with a side salad to cut through the buttery marmite goodness. The first time we made it with pancetta which was delicious - however re-heated the next day the pancetta does go very hard and gristly. The second time we made it with parma ham and this was equally delicious. Thanks for posting this - it's now part of our repertoire!
26th Apr, 2016
I am sure there are Pasta Purists out there who would hold their hands up in horror , spaghetti and marmite is hardly traditional. However. Spotted this recipe and showed it to my marmite loving hubby, who insisted we give it a go. I made it and he has not stopped going on about it since. We have eaten it twice in less than a week. I added some mushrooms to it as had some left over, and used smoked streaky bacon. I may add some crumbled black pudding the next time. I am not as mad about marmite as the other half, but I must say this is really , unexpectedly tasty .
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