Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter

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  •  Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter is an easy weeknight dinner recipe, inspired by The Spaghetti Factory. It’s a simple, flavorful dish that you’ll make again and again!

    Grown Up Buttered Noodles | Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese & Browned Butter Recipe Spaghetti Factory copycat recipe

    We had a fun filled Memorial Day weekend, spending a day in Omaha, Nebraska, enjoying the zoo with the girls, lots of walks and time outdoors. After a busy weekend, sometimes I have to ease back into cooking, keeping it simple in both ingredients and the time involved preparing it.

    One of my standbys is spaghetti with mizithra cheese and browned butter. It’s a more flavorful twist on the childhood favorite – parmesan and buttered noodles.

    Mizithra cheese and brown butter elevates this simple dish. It’s hard to believe you can make something so good with just 3 ingredients!

    With just one bite you’ll know why I have decided to make my favorite dish from the Spaghetti Factory at home! This copycat recipe is so easy and so good! According to their website it is an old Dussin family recipe (founder of the OSF).

    What is Mizithra Cheese?

    Mizithra cheese is a combination of unpastuerized sheep or goat’s milk cheese and whey imported from Greece. It is dry and mild, making it a crowd pleaser.

    Hard or dried mizithra is also known as anthotyro xero. It’s easy to grate, much like parmesan or asiago with a cheese grater on fine. It has that same dry texture that pairs incredibly well with pasta, yet a completely unique (and amazing) flavor!

    Wildly enough it’s almost always pronounced wrong in the United States. It’s properly pronounced Meezeethra. Any which way you say it, you’ll say it’s delicious! I can’t get enough.

    What To Do With Mizithra Cheese

    In addition to being served with pasta, it can be used in savory appetizers with tomatoes, on a beautiful cheese plate, in salads, pastries, and desserts! It’s very versatile.

    Can I make a confession? This dish is my lifelong favorite at the Spaghetti Factory. There, I’ve said it. I’m so obsessed that when we moved to KC 6 years ago {without one}, I recreated it.

    Where to find Mizithra Cheese:

    You can find mizithra cheese online here, at gourmet grocers, cheese stores, markets like Dean & Deluca and The Spaghetti Factory sells freshly shredded to go. You can also find this amazing Greek cheese at Greek grocery stores! If you’re lucky, you may even find it in your local grocery store.

    To keep Mizithra cheese fresh it should be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator. It typically keeps 3 – 6 months.

    Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese & Browned Butter | grown up buttered noodles

    Mizithra Cheese is not only amazing, but it’s low calorie, too! It has just 40 calories in 2 tablespoons! This incredible dish comes in at just 310 calories per serving!

    This pasta dish takes just about 10 minutes, making it an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

    Brown your butter while boiling your noodles, toss and top with freshly shredded mizithra.

    Grown Up Buttered Noodles | Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese & Browned Butter Recipe

    What is Browned Butter?

    It’s the magic that happens when you cook butter, evaporating the water and turning the milk solids brown. You can read more about brown butter here and watch a step-by-step video in this post.


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    How To Make Spaghetti with Mizithra and Brown Butter

    1. Cook pasta al dente. I recommend spaghetti or angel hair.
    2. Meanwhile, over medium heat, melt butter.
    3. Then swirl (don’t stir) to cook evenly. As it begins to melt, it will start to foam. Watch carefully as the color turns brown and you start to smell a nutty aroma (about 3-5 minutes).
    4. Toss with spaghetti.
    5. Top with mizithra cheese (and optional fresh chopped parsley to garnish).

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    I hope you enjoy this easy weeknight dinner recipe for Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter as much as I do. Please leave a 5 star rating in the comments below! It’s fun to eat like a kid again!

    Spaghetti and Mizithra Cheese with Browned Butter Recipe

    Grown Up Buttered Noodles | Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese & Browned Butter Recipe Spaghetti Factory copycat recipe
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    Spaghetti with Mizithra & Browned Butter

    Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter is an easy weeknight dinner recipe, inspired by The Spaghetti Factory.
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Italian
    Keyword browned butter, easy dinner, easy recipe, fall, mothers day, pasta, winter
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Servings 8
    Calories 310 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 1 box spaghetti
    • 1/2 c butter unsalted
    • 1/4 lb mizithra cheese
    • parsley garnish

    Instructions

    1. Prepare & drain spaghetti.
    2. Heat skillet to medium, add butter in chunks.
    3. Whisking, monitor the butter until it turns brown & has a nutty aroma, careful not to burn it.
    4. Remove the foam & toss with spaghetti.
    5. Top with freshly shredded mizithra cheese & garnish with parsley.

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes

    You can find mizithra cheese online here, at gourmet grocers, cheese stores, markets like Dean & Deluca and The Spaghetti Factory sells freshly shredded to go.

    You can learn more about brown butter here and learn how in the video in this recipe card.

    Make it gluten free by using gluten-free noodles!

    Nutrition Facts
    Spaghetti with Mizithra & Browned Butter
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 310 Calories from Fat 108
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 12g 18%
    Saturated Fat 7g 35%
    Cholesterol 30mg 10%
    Sodium 104mg 4%
    Potassium 125mg 4%
    Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 1g
    Protein 7g 14%
    Vitamin A 7.1%
    Calcium 1.5%
    Iron 4.1%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Originally published May 2014, updated September 2018

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