Nigella Lawson wants you to add peanut butter to your pasta

Peanut butter and pasta?

It might sound a bit odd, we know, but if there’s anyone whose food combinations we trust, it’s Nigella Lawson.

The chef has just revealed a budget-friendly recipe for her ‘dreamy, creamy’ peanut butter pasta as part of a new partnership with Ocado, featuring four new recipes and a ‘Nigella Loves’ edit of her favourite products.

All the recipes Nigella has come up with for the collab are designed to feed a family of four for under £1.25 per person, showing you don’t have to spend a load of cash for a tasty dinner.

You can find out how to make a Nigella-approved stir fry, a black bean and cous cous dish, and a speedy steamed sponge, over on the Ocado website (with more meals to come throughout the year), but to get you started, we’ve got the most controversial dinner of the bunch right here.

Italians, you might want to look away. Or, be brave, rummage in your kitchen cupboards, and get cooking. You could just find your new favourite midweek meal.

Nigella’s creamy, dreamy peanut butter pasta recipe


  • 1 240g pack baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp fine salt, plus ¼ tsp for the sauce
  • 320g spaghetti
  • 75g smooth peanut butter
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ unwaxed lemon, juiced, plus wedges to serve
  • 1 large pinch of paprika, for dusting (optional)


While I find it unlikely that it won’t all be gobbled, any leftovers make for a wonderful cold noodly lunch the next day, when I like to spritz it with a little extra lemon juice and sprinkle over a few more chilli flakes.

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