Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter | Spaghetti Factory Recipe with Video

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  • A copycat Spaghetti Factory recipe – Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter is an easy weeknight dinner recipe in about 10 minutes! Dry, mild Mizithra Cheese is always a crowd pleaser. It’s like grown up buttered noodles! 

    spaghetti with mizithra cheese browned butter and mizithra cheese in a bowl

    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.

    This dish is comprised of just a few ingredients:

    • Spaghetti
    • Mizithra Cheese
    • Butter (to make browned butter)
    • Parlsey (to garnish)

    spaghetti on a plate sprinkled with mizithra cheese

    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 in a bowl with a spoon

    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!

    mizithra in a bowl with a spoon

    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

    grated mizithra cheese in a bowl

    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.

    spaghetti with mizithra cheese garnished with parsley

    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.

    mizithra cheese in a bowl spaghetti in a pan and spaghetti with mizithra and browned butter on a plate

    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.

    What is Browned Butter?

    brown 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.

    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. how to brown butter in a saute pan on stove top
    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). brown butter in a pan
    4. Toss with spaghetti. 
    5. Top with mizithra cheese (and optional fresh chopped parsley to garnish). spaghetti factory spaghetti with mizithra cheese and browned butter on a plate garnished with parsley

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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!

    a bowl of mizithra and pan of spaghetti sitting on a countertop

    spaghetti with mizithra cheese browned butter and mizithra cheese in a bowl
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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 Old Spaghetti Factory recipe!

    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Italian
    Keyword browned butter, fall, pasta, quick, winter
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Servings 8
    Calories 310 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 16 oz spaghetti 1 box
    • 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 (1 g)
    Calories 310 Calories from Fat 108
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 12g18%
    Saturated Fat 7g35%
    Cholesterol 30mg10%
    Sodium 104mg4%
    Potassium 125mg4%
    Carbohydrates 42g14%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 7g14%
    Vitamin A 355IU7%
    Calcium 15mg2%
    Iron 0.7mg4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Originally published May 2014, updated June 2019

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