Nigella Lawson & Vegemite Spaghetti for Australia Day

Yesterday the planets must have been aligned, because somehow Nigella Lawson appeared on my computer screen with a recipe idea that seemed perfectly suited for Thermomix — and for celebrating Australia Day with the many Ozzy readers of this blog. Especially inspiring too, because Australia Day is just one or two days away depending on which time zone you live in (January 26) . 

What Nigella does (sans Thermomix)
On YouTube we can watch the lovely Nigella present a child-friendly comfort food recipe (without Thermomix) for “Spaghetti with Marmite” which is further detailed on her website. The website also reveals that Nigella has switched allegiance (!) from (UK) Marmite to (AU) Vegemite. In her own words…

“I have recently turned traitor and shifted to the Vegemite side of the world, and this (recipe) works as well, unsurprisingly, with the antipodean ointment.”

So with Nigella’s poetic narrative for guidance it’s no big leap to turn the simple “Spaghetti with Marmite” into a celebratory Australian dish that uses Thermomix and features  Vegemite as hero of the day.  I’ve posted my own adaptation below (which builds on the concept by adding a few ingredients) and I encourage all Thermomix fans to take inspiration from Nigella’s words and create a Thermomix version that’s customized to match your family’s level of Vegemite love.  Add more or less of the Vegemite, pasta water, or cream.  If you’re new to Thermomix and have not yet cooked spaghetti in it, this is a good time to start. Remember  — if Freddie can, so can you!)

 Nigella Lawson inspires Thermomix recipe

Spaghetti with Vegemite
Cuisine: Thermomix
Recipe type: Australian
Ingredients
  • 1200 g (42.3 oz) water
  • large pinch of salt
  • 300 g (10.5 oz) dry spaghetti (or other pasta)
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) mushrooms, sliced
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) frozen or fresh peas
  • 80 g (2.8 oz) unsalted butter in large pieces
  • 20-25 g (0.7-0.9 oz) Vegemite (about 1 large Tbs. … or more if you prefer)
  • small handful chopped parsley
  • optional, 50 g (1.8 oz) cream or sour cream
  • optional, grated Parmesan to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat water and salt for 10 min/100°C/212ºF/REVERSE/speed 1. This is a good time to prepare the mushrooms.
  2. Insert pasta through hole in lid and continue cooking at 100°C/212ºF/REVERSE/speed 1 for as long as specified on the pasta package. (I usually slow the speed down to Soft Stir (Spoon) while adding spaghetti, otherwise you can end up with sticks of raw spaghetti flying around the kitchen. (When using smaller pasta shapes this is not a concern.) Also, if using spaghetti, I gently tap it down as it is spinning, to help it lower into the bowl. Continue cooking for the required time without replacing the measuring cap.
  3. During the last 2-3 minutes of pasta cooking time, add peas through hole in lid.
  4. Reserve one measuring cap full of pasta cooking water (100 g/3.5 oz) before draining pasta and peas together using the Thermomix simmer basket as a colander. Set pasta and peas aside in a Thermo Server. (If no Thermo Server, simple set aside in a pre-warmed serving dish.)
  5. Put butter into Thermomix bowl and add sliced mushroom. Cook 8 min/Varoma/REVERSE/Soft Stir, with measuring cap off.
  6. Add Vegemite, 100 g (3.5 oz) pasta cooking water (if adding cream, use only half the water, with 50 g/1.8 oz cream), and chopped parsley. Stir for 2 minutes/80°C/175ºF/REVERSE/soft stir to combine and melt the Vegemite. Pour over pasta and toss well before serving, garnish with additional parsley and parmesan if desired.
Notes
If you read the original recipe you’ll see everything is optional but the water, spaghetti, butter, and Vegemite. Some people will prefer the purity of that dish while others (like me) will be inclined to embellish. How has Nigella’s recipe inspired you to play with Thermomix, pasta, and Vegemite?

 

Update: Read what people on the forum had to say about this recipe.

 

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See 21 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

  1. Madame Thermomix January 24, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    You’ve done it again, Helene! Another fab recipe for our Best Friend in the Kitchen. All the Thermomix fans in Australia will love you for it ;-)

  2. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 24, 2012 at 2:22 am #

    Thanks Madame, but I couldn’t have done it without Nigella. Really, she is the one who makes this yummmy ;-)

  3. Quirky Cooking January 24, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    Helene, my kids LOVE YOU!!!!! Simi is jumping up and down saying, ‘Can we make this NOW???’ (Mind you, we only ate dinner an hour or so ago, and it’s bed time, but how can I say no??) So off we go to the kitchen… yum yum yum! :D

  4. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 24, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Great! Simi will have fun tweaking this to his tastebuds and he can proof the recipe at the same time. (I’ve posted this at 2:30 am, so I may be asleep as I type and who know what will result!)

  5. Tenina January 24, 2012 at 2:37 am #

    Aussie Aussie Aussie…..oi oi oi! (Another little Australian addiction….LOVE vegemite!!)

  6. Gretchen January 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Right on Tenina. True blue Aussie style. It seemed so bizarre I had to try it. I didn’t have any sour cream or regular cream but found some Philly cream I had forgotten about so used it, tossed in some cherry tomatoes for colour at the end and it was YUMMY?

    I have to wonder why a Canadian would be looking to Nigella to use an Aussie favourite to make a fun dish for Australia Day. Does this mean you love us Aussies Helene? And could this dish become a national treasure along with the meat pie and lamington?

    Gretchen

  7. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Of course I love you Aussies! xoxo
    I have had so much fun with Australian readers and learned so much about Australia since starting this blog –a totally unexpected and most welcome bonus of owning Thermomix!
    Thanks for sharing your tweaks for this recipe Gretchen, the tomatoes sound perfect, wish I had some but we’re in the middle of winter here and I refuse to buy the tasteless varieties from the store.
    Now — about this “lamington” that’s a new word for me — thank goodness for Google!
    :-)

  8. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Why am I not too surprised to read that you LOVE Vegemite Tenina? I had my very first taste of it this week… and yup, it’s salty ;-) And since I tend to like whatever you like… this Vegemite goo is already making a place for itself in my kitchen. I have to say though.. I MUCH prefer your UMAMI PASTE!!!

  9. Gretchen January 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    But…..can you spread Tenina’s delicious UMAMI paste on Thermomix white bread with Thermomix butter? Sure you can.

    Ummmm Vegemite and umami????

    Gretchen

  10. Judy January 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    You never cease to amaze me with your recipes Helene, OK it was inspired by Nigella but you’ve put your own tweaks on it to make it extra special. Having pasta leftovers today so don’t think I can put another plate of pasta in front of DH tomorrow. It will surely be on our menu very soon though.

  11. Cookie1 January 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Helene and Nigella of course thank you for thinking of us Aussies. I am quite sure my family will enjoy this. Pre TMX days and therefore easy stock I often put some vegemite into pies, casseroles etc. In fact I think I’ll make this tomorrow evening for Australia Day.
    xxx

  12. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 25, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    Thanks to you both Judy and Cookie1 — Frankly, it’s simply impossible NOT to think of Aussies when thinking of Thermomix, lol! Happy Australia Day to you and all Thermomix mates on the fabulous forum :-)

  13. Margie January 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Just made it, yummy thank you
    Having so much fun with thermi :-)

  14. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Aw Margie — it means a great deal to me that you a) tried this and b) took the time on Australia to tell us how it went. I’m especially glad though, to hear you are having fun with Thermie. One of the reasons I started this blog to help raise the visibility of Thermomix is because it really puts a whole new level of fun into the kitchen. Woohoo- hoo!

  15. Mara January 26, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Right on the spot, Helene. We don’t have vegemite here but I’ve had my pasta with umami paste and butter so many times I’m afraid to count them! Umami paste forever!!!

  16. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Oh Mara… I just love it when you confess your secret habits on this blog ;-)

  17. Chelsea January 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this Helene. Looks very yummy! :)

  18. Alicia February 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    I made this for my lunch today as a test drive before giving it to my children. It was very tasty & so simple. I love a new way to dress up my cupboard staples. I can see this getting cooked many times when I can’t be bothered going to the shops.

  19. ThermomixBlogger Helene February 10, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Thanks for stopping back with your feedback Alicia!

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