This cheap and easy pasta recipe has gone viral and it uses a very familiar Aussie ingredient…

With just four ingredients, and costing the same as a large cup of coffee, this pasta recipe created by Chantelle Ellem from Fat Mum Slim is taking the internet by storm. While it may not be the most nutritious meal, the recipe is the perfect quick weeknight dinner for those evenings when you’ve got three after-school activities, a sick hubby and hungry kids who just need to be fed.

Cheap and Delicious

The recipe went viral after being shared by Woolworths, kidspot.com.au reports, and was praised for its simplicity, showing Mums that it’s ok to cheat every once in a while – no one can serve up a gourmet dinner every night unless they’re superhuman!

While you could add your own selection of veggies to up the nutritional value of the recipe, the only ingredients you really need to make this taste sensation are spaghetti, butter, vegemite and some grated parmesan. Yep, that’s it. Just four ingredients that will please even the fussiest of eaters. Sounds like a perfect hump day dinner to us!

Celebrate The Little Victories

Chantelle says she was inspired to share the recipe as it proved a winner with her own daughter. “I have one daughter who isn’t a great eater and I stress myself out every day trying to get veggies into her. I consider it a big win to know that she ate.” Chantelle also believes that switching out more expensive meals for significantly cheaper options now and again allows families to save money, particularly around Christmas time. Who doesn’t love saving a little on groceries from time to time?

Want to give the recipe a go yourself? Check it out below:

Photo Via Fat Mum Slim



400g spaghetti

50g butter

1 teaspoon Vegemite

2 tablespoons grated parmesan


Fill a large pot with water and bring to the boil.
Place spaghetti in the pot and cook for 8 minutes. Turn off the heat.
Drain water and return spaghetti to the pot, toss in the butter and Vegemite and stir until the butter has melted.
Sprinkle parmesan over the top and enjoy!

Have you got a foolproof cheap and easy pasta recipe? Share it in the comments below.

  • Never thought of it. Thank you for sharing your idea.


  • I think this would probably be nice I make pasta and put cheese and butter in it for a quick meal sometimes and it’s pretty good


  • Thanks. A great recipe for the little ones!


  • Whatttttt this sounds strange!!


  • Great cheat to have in the cupboard on that night I don’t feel like cooking but want something more than just a bowl of soup.


  • It’s interesting but I don’t know if it’s a bit boring for me- it needs something else.


  • Sounds so interesting, would be keen to give it ago


  • Wow. What a great way to create another pasta recipe.Thanks.


  • I’m not a big vegemite fan but would give this a try being a basic recipe.


  • Always looking for new pasta recipes. This is simple, easy and I can’t wait to try it.


  • I’m interested! I wonder how the Vegemite will taste in it, maybe give it a flavour boost.


  • Okayyyy…. I tried the Vegemite version for my son today… Had no clue he would like it… Lol. Tick tick.


  • My cheapo dinner is pesto pasta… Yum yum. This looks nice too and very different.


  • I’ve made this and its yum, must have treat


  • Tempted to make it for a lunch for my daughter as a one off to see if she enjoys it


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