Quantcast Vegetarian StarMeatless Monday Recipe–Nigella Lawson Marmite Pasta (Video)

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Nigella Lawson has a vegetarian pasta dish from her cookbook, Nigella Kitchen, that you may want to break out your 80s collection CDs to prepare it to.

Marmite, also known as Vegimite, isn’t just popular among Men at Work. It’s been a popular meatless alternative since the late 19th and early 20th century.

Nigella emphasizes how using Marmite replaces the need for animal-based stocks or bouillons when recipes call for them to enhance flavor.

“I know the combination of pasta and Marmite sounds odd to the point of unfeasibility, but wait a moment, there is a traditional day-after-the-roast pasta dish, in which spaghetti is tossed in stock, and I have eaten shortcut versions of this in Italy (recreated guiltlessly in my own kitchen) which use a crumbled stock cube, along with some butter, olive oil, chopped rosemary and a little of the pasta cooking water to make a flavoursome sauce for spaghetti. If you think about it, Marmite offers saltiness and savouriness the way a stock cube might.”

As usual, this pasta recipe can be veganized by replacing butter with a vegan alternative or olive oil. Nigella even recommends replacing the Parmesan cheese with a veggie alternative.

Grab Nigella’s recipe here and watch the clip for some serious 80s rewind. And don’t forget, Marmite also goes great on breads like toast or crackers. So if you meet a man from Brussels, six foot four and full of muscles, go ahead and accept his Vegimite sandwich.

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