I always loved Old Spaghetti Factory’s Mizithra Cheese & Browned Butter Pasta when I was growing up and loved it even more when my mom would make it at home.  Yum!

I introduced Mark to Mizithra a few years back and of course, he fell in love!  This dish is super easy to make…there are only three ingredients- butter, Mizithra cheese and spaghetti, and from start to finish it takes about 15 minutes to prepare.  SO if you are super hungry, you don’t have to wait long at all :0)

Finely grate the mizithra and melt the butter

This past weekend when I was shopping at the lower Queen Anne Safeway, I picked up a 1/2 lb of Mizithra cheese…you can buy grated Mizithra now but it does not taste the same as freshly grated Mizithra so don’t be LAZY!  Mizithra is a dense white greek cheese that has a salty-mild flavor.  It keeps for a while so it is great to have around the house when the pantry runs low :0)

What you will need:

3/4 cup butter, browned
1/2 lb Mizithra cheese, finely grated
1 pack of spaghetti noodles

First start preparing your spaghetti noodles making sure to salt your water.

Browning the butter is key!

While the noodles are cooking, in a small saucepan brown your butter.  Over medium heat start melting the butter while stirring occasionally.  As the butter starts to melt, it will foam and the color will change from yellow/cream to a golden/brown color (with a grainy appearance).  You can also detect the browning by the way the butter smells- sweet and nutty.

Drain the noodles and then in a large bowl coat the noodles with the butter while tossing in the Mizithra!  Enjoy!!

Mizithra a classic pasta dish ready in 15 minutes.

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