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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. 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)

  2. 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

  3. 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.