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 absolute love mizithra & this is also my favorite at Old Spaghetti Factory. Thanks for the recipe!!! I’ve never tried to brown my butter. It was amazing

  2. Mizithra is a blend of ricotta and Romano cheeses but it has a similar texture to fresh grated parmesan. Our Costco carries it in little tubs from spaghetti factory, but I’ve found it at our local grocery store too in bags in the specialty cheese section.

  3. You can’t find their exact cheese in the grocery.Though they call it Mizthra in the store SF gets it from a supplier that ages it a certain way.SF sell the cheese to the public in bags.

  4. What is mazithra cheese? I don’t think we have spaghetti factory’s here. This looks like a great recipe I’m just not sure I’ve ever seen this cheese before. Is it like a Parmesan?I’m in Nevada.

    1. Mizithra or myzithra (Greek: μυζήθρα [miˈziθra]) is a Greek whey cheese or mixed milk-whey cheese from sheep or goats, or both. It is sold both as a fresh cheese, similar to Italian ricotta, and as a salt-dried grating cheese, similar to Italian ricotta salata. The ratio of milk to whey usually is 7 to 3.

    1. I found OSF Mizithra Cheese at Costco (in the cheese section). 2 containers for $7.89. I tried this recipe immediately when I got home and it tasted like what I always order at Old Spaghetti Factory. I also put some Browned Butter and Mizithra on steamed broccoli. This Mizithra added the perfect amount of saltiness. Yummy!

  5. Am I the only person who has never heard of Mazitra Cheese? lol Do you buy it at specialty shops? Is there a substitute?

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