Pasta with Browned Butter and Mizithra (Must Try 15 Minute Meal!)


Who doesn’t love a quick and simple meal that wows? This Pasta with Browned Butter and Mizithra cheese can be made in 15 minutes, yes 15 minutes, and its a recipe you are going to want to keep for life.

In my opinion one of the best entrees you can get at the Old Spaghetti Factory is their Spaghetti with Mizithra and Browned Butter. It is simply amazing! But, why go there and spend $11 for one when you can feed a family of 4 the same meal for less than that at home? It’s funny to me posting such a simple recipe because it’s so simple you don’t need a recipe for it, this is more sharing the idea if you haven’t yet tried it.

Another great thing about this meal is that it pleases everyone, from the gourmet sleuth to your pickiest eater. No one can deny the delicious flavors of this pasta. And “Mizithra,” isn’t it just fun to say?

You can serve this garnished with chopped fresh parsley like they do at The Old Spaghetti Factory but I really don’t think it needs it, it’s more for looks. I would also say no salt is needed because the Mizithra brings enough salt to the dish. You could add in more fillers like roasted garlic,¬†sauteed¬†bread crumbs, fresh lemon juice/zest or fresh basil but really this meal is perfect with it’s three simple ingredients. You can find Mizithra cheese in the specialty cheese section of most grocery stores (which is usually near the produce section) or at Greek specialty stores. This is comfort food at it’s simplest and best. Some days you just need some delicious carbs. Enjoy!


Pasta with Browned Butter and Mizithra (Must Try 15 Minute Meal!)

Yield: 3-4 servings


  • 8 oz . spaghetti or fettuccine pasta
  • 1/2 cup salted butter , sliced into pieces
  • 3 oz finely grated Mizithra cheese , or to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to directions listed on package (I'd recommend beginning with very hot tap water to boil the pasta as this will cut the time you have to wait for the water to boil). Meanwhile, place butter in a light-colored, small saucepan over medium heat. Cook butter, swirling pan occasionally, until it has browned (begin with sliced butter to ensure even melting. Here are the stages of to browning butter: the butter will first melt, it will become lemony yellow and after a minute or two it will begin to splatter a bit - I swirl the pan most during this stage to reduce splattering, then it will foam and begin to smell nutty, then little brown specks will begin to appear in the center of the golden foamy bubbles - this is when you remove it from heat, I wait just a few seconds for a generous amount of specs maybe a 2-inch circle before removing from heat. Color wise it should go from a yellow, to golden tan, to an orange-y toasty golden brown).
  2. Drain cooked pasta well (DO NOT rinse the pasta with water or the butter won't stick). Plate pasta, pour browned butter over pasta (sediments on bottom and all), sprinkle with Mizithra cheese and toss if desired to evenly coat. Serve immediately, you can also serve it with fresh cracked black pepper and chopped fresh parsley if desired (I don't think any salt is needed because the Mizithra is a pretty salty cheese).
  3. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy, inspired by The Old Spaghetti Factory


  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche: I can’t believe I’ve never made brown butter before, I must make this! October 20, 2012 at 11:31am Reply

    • SL: At the Spaghetti Factory they say to pour the butter AFTER the cheese is on the pasta. It works! August 4, 2014 at 3:55pm Reply

      • Jaclyn: Thanks for the tip! August 25, 2014 at 9:55am Reply

  • C: I love going to Spaghetti Factory for this (I usually get the Managers special and do half this and half clam sauce) but I agree the price was a bit out of my reach the last time I went. I wish I could find this cheese here in Cache Valley. I’ve found something that is spelled real close but it is more crumbly and isn’t easily shredded. What store do you purchase yours at? October 20, 2012 at 2:01pm Reply

  • Anonymous: When I saw the title of your post, I was hoping it was in honor of the Old Spaghetti Factory dish! October 20, 2012 at 2:15pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: C – Most Kroger chains carry it(such as Fry’s, Smiths etc). They also sell it at the Associated Food stores (Dicks, Maceys). They just sell it by the lb. You can also get it at AJ’s Fine Foods, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts and specialty Greek Grocers. The stuff is amazing! October 20, 2012 at 2:45pm Reply

  • Patricia@ButterYum: Looks really good – I have to admit, I’ve never heard of mizithra cheese. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for that. October 20, 2012 at 6:51pm Reply

  • The Cooking Actress: I have never heard of mizithra cheese, but I love browned butter and pasta, so I figure I’ll prob. love all of this! :) October 21, 2012 at 6:50am Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: Jaclyn, you just saved my weeknight life and sanity. EASY quick meals are what I hunt for on pinterest and in recipe books. I think I love you! :) October 21, 2012 at 4:34pm Reply

  • emma: yum! this is what i always get a the old spaghetti factory, i can’t wait to make it at home! October 22, 2012 at 12:55am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks Patricia, Kayle, Sally and Emma for the comments! I love easy meals too, it means more time to make dessert =)! You must try Mizithra it’s SO good. October 22, 2012 at 8:19pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: You can never have enough 5 minutes meals! Thanks for saving me from a cereal dinner :) October 23, 2012 at 12:36pm Reply

  • Susanne: Here from Food Gawker and just had to stop and say hi. My husband and daughters love this stuff. They actually get cravings for it about 4 times a year. Unfortunately, the only cheese store that carried Mizithra in town has closed it’s doors. :v( And the closest Old Spaghetti Factory is 2 hours away. They were gracious enough one time to sell us enough for one meal when they heard about our plight. LOL. October 24, 2012 at 3:21pm Reply

  • Karen: for those that can’t find the cheese. Hre is a possible sub.

    My SIL used to make this years ago but with Parmesan Cheese and the fresh parsley. December 25, 2012 at 2:25pm Reply

  • Laura: Making this for dinner tonight along with your Olive Garden Breadsticks recipe – I can’t wait for dinner! :) I found Mizithra over at our local Sprout’s store ($4.85 for the 3oz required in the recipe), but I also found it on for those who can’t find it locally – they sell it in 8oz, 1 pound and larger quantities – not badly priced either. Hope this helps! December 30, 2012 at 5:23pm Reply


  • Sara: This was delicious! My kids couldn’t eat it fast enough and it was super easy to make. Thanks! February 18, 2013 at 5:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I love meals like that where even the kids can’t get enough =), thanks so much for your comment Sara. I’m so glad your family enjoyed this! February 19, 2013 at 10:02am Reply

  • Jo Shaffer: We have a linky party going over at our site, for 15 minute meals. Feel free to link up if your interested!
    with love,
    Jo March 19, 2013 at 1:36pm Reply

  • brandi anderson: I thought I would let everyone know you can buy mizithra from the spaghetti factory. Our nearest one is 2 hours away so we go once a year and stock up. My mom says it freezes well too. Not cheap about 5 bucks for 8 ounces but worth it! August 31, 2013 at 5:21pm Reply

  • IslandBreeze: I just had this with the Clam Sauce at the Old Spaghetti Factory’s 45th anniversary for $5 plus .99 for gluten free pasta (Manager’s Special… just one sauce would have been $4) with salad and dessert. It was incredibly good, and now I can make it at home, thank you!! January 21, 2014 at 11:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome :)! January 22, 2014 at 9:08pm Reply

  • yvetye: I live in phoenix and found it at Aj,’s. 12.99 a lb. I used it on steamed broccoli like spaghetti factory does, it wasn’t the same the cheese was very dry not very favorable. I guess you have to get the right brand. August 8, 2014 at 4:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’ve found it at Smiths but in AZ Frys in the same chain of grocery stores so I remember they usually carried the same products if you want to check there, not sure on the brand but there was only one brand they carried. I also recommend finely shredding it too. August 8, 2014 at 8:48pm Reply

  • Pat Boren: I get my Mizithra from Winco, but you can ask the grocery store of your choice to order it for you. Offer them a recipe to display to promote it to other shoppers. August 31, 2014 at 6:54pm Reply

  • VegasDude: This is the ONLY thing I order at OSF.. sometimes with a side of marinara
    Been making at home for years now, so simple… I also make their creamy pesto dressing at home.. TO DIE FOR !!! June 14, 2015 at 5:53pm Reply

    • Sarah: What’s your recipe for their creamy pesto dressing? I looooove that!!! August 23, 2015 at 7:19pm Reply

  • Cara: In case any of you live near the Old Spaghetti Factory, they sell the mizithra cheese mix that they use there. I’ve been eating there for over 40 years and this is the only dish I’ve ever eaten there!! September 20, 2015 at 2:12pm Reply

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