Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese Spaghetti

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A simple 15 minute must try meal that combines browned butter and mazithra cheese! Tastes exactly like the Old Spaghetti Factory!

Browned butter and mizithra cheese spaghetti on a white bowl with a fork twirling the spaghetti.

This my friends was my #1 pregnancy craving. We would go there almost weekly! If you haven’t been to the Old Spaghetti factory and experienced the Browned Butter and Mizithra cheese spaghetti, now it the time to make it. This recipe is so simple. And the flavors are absolutely incredible!

Since I was a little girl, we would always go to the Old Spaghetti factory. My parents discovered mizithra at our local grocery store and we started having it at home. But they were missing one important part. They didn’t brown the butter. That makes all the difference in this simple recipe. The brown butter gives the pasta a nutty flavor and the mazirtha adds a little saltiness to the dish. Both of the simple flavors combined gives it such an incredible taste.

The best part is that you can enjoy this dish at home with your family for a fraction of the cost at the Old Spaghetti Factory. My parents would buy a big thing of mizithra and freeze it whenever we needed it. Everyone in my family would devour it for Spaghetti Sundays. Now we love it in our house and even the picky eater loved it! I call that a win in my book. Your family is sure to love it too!

Browned Butter and Mazithra Cheese Spaghetti

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A simple 15 minute must try meal that combines browned butter and mazithra cheese! Tastes exactly like the Old Spaghetti Factory!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 8 ounce spaghetti noodles
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup mizithra cheese grated
  • chopped parsley for garnish optional


  • Cook the spaghetti according to package directions until al dente.
  • While the noodles are cooking, brown the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. The butter will turn a yellow, start to froth and then become brown.
  • Drain the pasta but do not rinse. Pour the brown butter over the pasta. Sprinkle with mazithra cheese and toss to coat. Serve with a salad and garlic bread and garnish with parsley if desired.


Serves: 4

Calories471kcal (24%)Carbohydrates43g (14%)Protein11g (22%)Fat29g (45%)Saturated Fat18g (90%)Cholesterol76mg (25%)Sodium294mg (12%)Potassium140mg (4%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar2g (2%)Vitamin A851IU (17%)Calcium121mg (12%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian American
Keyword brown butter and mazithra cheese spaghetti, spaghetti, Spaghetti Recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I feel sorry for the people that dont have an old spaghetti factory in their town…. This has been my favorite pasta dish since childhood in Portland, OR… Now in Vegas, we had one that closed after 5 years… .. then I found the Myzithra at a local supermarket… It’s ALWAYS in my fridge… Making it right now actually.. had to check on butter to pasta ratio… Couple months ago I found a “secret menu” OSF Myzithra recipe online.. It has Mushrooms, Garlic, and Bacon added to it… It’s good for a change every once in awhile……. I also make their Creamy Pesto dressing…. Mmmmmm.. Just wish I could find some Spumoni….. :0)

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