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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!

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Browned Butter and Mazithra Cheese Spaghetti

By: Alyssa Rivers
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
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.


Calories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 11gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 294mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 851IUCalcium: 121mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. This is our favorite dish! Would love to make it at home but where do you find mizithra cheese? Regular grocery or specialty store?

    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!

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