The name might be long and boring but the recipe isn’t! It’s a quick and easy Old Spaghetti Factory Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter Spaghetti Copycat!
Years and years ago, when our first daughter was only a baby we went out to dinner with a family member who told us that we just had to try the Old Spaghetti Factory specifically for their mizithra cheese and browned butter spaghetti. I read the menu and saw that there was literally no other ingredients and it was whole wheat pasta which can sometimes be bland, so I was not feeling excited at all.
Let’s remember, I was a picky child and only just starting to try things as an adult so butter and some weird cheese on a hearty pasta didn’t sound good to me.
Like always when Cade and I are hesitant about things, except sushi which is another story for another day (Cade loves, I detest it) we were proved wrong. That browned butter is so flavorful and the whole wheat pasta actually added more flavor, but the real winner was the dry, crumbly Mizithra cheese. It’s a very, very mild flavor so even your pickiest of eaters will try it.
Our kids love it and best of all, it’s done in 15 minutes, so it’s a quick and easy dinner idea!
Browning butter is really easy, just make sure you use a skillet over medium heat, cook until foaming and golden in color and then quickly pour the butter into a bowl so it doesn’t continue to cook and burn. Trust me, it only takes a minute to burn.
That’s it. We cook our pasta at the same time as the butter because even if the butter finishes before the pasta it will get reheated in the skillet so it wont matter. Toss the pasta, butter and crumbled cheese in the hot skillet and serve immediately with a pinch of parsley on top for color. Or skip it because the kids will probably pick it off anyway. 😉
Old Spaghetti Factory Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter Spaghetti Copycat
- 8 Ounces Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti
- 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
- 1/3 Cup Crumbled Mizithra Cheese *see note
- Parsley for Garnish
- Salt for water
- Bring a pot of water with a few pinches of salt (the water should taste like salt water) to a boil over medium high heat.
- Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
- In a skillet over medium heat, add the butter and cook until golden and foamy, about 10 minutes.
- Immediately pour it into a clean bowl.
- Once the pasta is done, drain and place in the hot skillet along with the butter and cheese, tossing to coat.
- Serve immediately with parsley for garnish.
Parmesan can be used if you cannot find mizithra
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 334 Total Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 71mg Sodium: 218mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Protein: 6g
It only takes 20 minutes to make a super fresh and easy dinner !