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

Published October 20, 2012. Updated April 17, 2024

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Pasta with Browned Butter and Mizithra takes only 15 minutes to come together, but you’ll feel like you’re sitting down for your favorite Old Spaghetti Factory dish. Deep and complex browned butter coats the perfectly cooked pasta, which is then sprinkled with salty and creamy mizithra cheese—fantastic!

This Pasta with Browned Butter and Mizithra cheese can be made in 15 minutes (yes, 15 minutes), and it’s a recipe you are going to want to keep for life. Made with simple ingredients yet it has such incredibly satisfying flavor!

Pasta with Browned Butter and Mizithra

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

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

Made with simple ingredients yet it has such incredibly satisfying flavor!
Servings: 4
Prep5 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Ready in: 20 minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.*
  • 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).

Notes

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.

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27 Comments

  • 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!

  • 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

  • Sara

    This was delicious! My kids couldn’t eat it fast enough and it was super easy to make. Thanks!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      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!

  • PatriceButternums

    WHY THANKS GUYS, I LOVE MAKING THESE DISHES, THANKS FOR THE ADVICE ON SOME SIMPLY GRACIOUS MEALS

  • 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 Amazon.com for those who can’t find it locally – they sell it in 8oz, 1 pound and larger quantities – not badly priced either. http://www.amazon.com/For-The-Gourmet-Mizithra-Cheese/dp/B0029XEY26 Hope this helps!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.