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Vegemite Linguine with Parsley Pangrattato

Vegemite Linguine with Parsley Pangrattato. An Italianised version of the Australian Vegemite on Toast. This is unusual but delicious. A great vegan pasta dish.

Vegemite pasta? I know what you are thinking and you maybe right, I maybe crazy. But I can assure you that this type of crazy tastes amazing!!

I am celebrating Australia and my love of pasta, as today marks the start of my 5th year here in Australia. The boys and I touched down at Perth airport 4 years ago yesterday. Stew was already over here working but I had to wait for my visa and for my brother’s wedding before I could leave England.

Vegemite Linguine with Parsley Pangrattato. An Italianised version of the Australian Vegemite on Toast. This is unusual but delicious. A great vegan pasta dish.

Mr 5 couldn’t walk, Mr 8 couldn’t read and I didn’t say capsicum or zucchini. I didn’t know you couldn’t buy wine in a supermarket or that finding clotted cream would be impossible. I had never visited Australia before so when I landed that day I was a complete newbie! Fast forward and I think I finally know what I am doing 😉 Sort of, maybe?!?!?!?! You may question that given that I am about to put vegemite into pasta. But trust me, there is going to be a happy ending!

This is my Italianised version of vegemite on toast. The vegemite is stirred through the pasta, giving it a deep flavour that is almost impossible to describe; it is buttery, it is savoury and it is delicious. Then the toast is crumbled over the top with some parsley.

Vegemite Linguine with Parsley Pangrattato. An Italianised version of the Australian Vegemite on Toast. This is unusual but delicious. A great vegan pasta dish.

This recipe uses store cupboard ingredients and stale bread, which makes it the perfect recipe for those days when you haven’t shopped. It is vegan (assuming you don’t use egg pasta) and simple to make. Simple delicious pasta dinner. Winner!

If you are serving this to non vegans, then some parmesan would be a nice addition. But it is rich enough without cheese, so I suggest saving your cheese calories and just eating a bit more pasta! 😉

Vegemite Linguine with Parsley Pangrattato. An Italianised version of the Australian Vegemite on Toast. This is unusual but delicious. A great vegan pasta dish.

No more waffle from me, I am off to eat a large bowl of pasta, drink some Margaret River Sauvignon and celebrate the wonderful life I have been blessed with here in Australia. Bonza!


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Vegemite Linguine with Parsley Pangrattato
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Vegemite Linguine with Parsley Pangrattato. An Italianised version of the Australian Vegemite on Toast. This is unusual but delicious. A great vegan pasta dish.
Servings: 4
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
Ingredients
  • 100 g stale bread
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • handful of flat leaf parsley
  • 400 g linguine (ensure it isn't egg pasta if serving vegans)
  • 2 tsp olive oil or butter if not serving this as vegan
  • 2 1/2 tsp Vegemite
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC/fan forced 180ºC/Gas mark 4.
  2. Tear the bread into small chunks and whizz it in the food processor until you have course breadcrumbs.
  3. Remove the blade from your processor and add the olive oil a pinch of salt and a generous amount of black pepper. Use a spoon to mix and turn the breadcrumbs so they are all coated in the oil. (Alternatively if you cannot remove the blade then tip the breadcrumbs into a bowl to dress them)
  4. Spread the breadcrumbs over a lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden.
  5. Whilst the breadcrumbs are baking, finely chop the parsley. (I reuse the food processor)
  6. Remove the crumbs from the oven and allow to cool sightly before adding the parsley.
  7. Cook the linguine as per the packet instructions. (I would check it 1 minute before the suggested time is up)
  8. When the pasta has had about half it cooking time, melt the butter in a frying pan. Add the vegemite. Use a measuring spoon to remove 2 tablespoons of the pasta water and add this to the butter and vegemite mixture.
  9. Cook over a low heat, stirring until everything has dissolved and melted together.

  10. Once the pasta has cooked, use a cup to remove 125ml (1/2 cup) of the cooking water. Then drain the pasta.
  11. Add the pasta to the vegemite mixture and stir well. Pour in about half of your reserved pasta water and stir well until the pasta is well coated. If the sauce is still thick add a little more of the reserved pasta water.

  12. Serve up the pasta and garnish with the parsley pangrattato.

Vegemite Linguine with Parsley Pangrattato. An Italianised version of the Australian Vegemite on Toast. This is unusual but delicious. A great vegan pasta dish.

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  2. Reply

    This pasta look so unique and interesting and I’m sure would bring me right back to my days studying abroad in Australia back in the day!

    1. Reply

      It is a sure fire Aussie flavour 🙂
      Where is Australia did you study?

  3. As an Aussie living abroad, I feel it is my duty to make this recipe for my American friends and totally mess with their minds. THANK YOU for giving me yet another opportunity to do so. 😛 PS. Likening this to Vegemite on toast makes so much sense, I can’t wait to try it.

    1. Reply

      Hehe, we will convince the world that Vegemite is the way forward…..it just takes time 😉
      I am so glad you like the idea 🙂

  4. Reply

    This looks and sounds delicious. Your pictures are beautiful!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Richa 🙂

  5. Reply

    wow this looks great !! and all pantry ingredients. Im going to try this for lunch!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Dianne, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do 🙂

  6. We love this dish! Although oddly enough I don’t usually really eat Vegemite by itself I love it in this dish! 😀

    1. Reply

      Thank you.
      This is a big bowl of Aussie pasta, what is not to love right??? x

  7. Vegemite is one of my great loves.. I was raised on it (definitely an acquired Aussie taste though)! I have to try out a vegemite flavoured pasta – what a unique recipe.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Thalia.
      We are a split family, we have 3 lovers and 1 hater. Although even the hater will eat it in pasta, but I have to put him plenty of parmesan on (which is very un-vegan!)
      I love it, although I wasn’t convinced by the Vegemite chocolate. It was okay, but I’d rather have normal chocolate and a slice of vegemite on toast 🙂

  8. Reply

    Great Meatless Monday dish! Gorgeous photos :o)

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much Kristi 😀

  9. OMG, I don’t think you are crazy at all! Vegemite stirred into pasta sounds delicious! Plus this looks SO SO YUMMY! Healthy and light, yet substantial and filling. PERFECT! Pinned! Cheers and thanks for sharing the deliciousness~

    1. Reply

      Thank you Cheyenne, I am so glad I am not alone in my crazy vegemite world 😉

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