Old Spaghetti Factory’s Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter

A few weeks ago I had purchased some Mizithra cheese on sale and had no idea what to make with it.I had never even heard of it but it was on sale for $1 so of course I didn’t pass it up!  I was in Kroger on Saturday and they were having cooking demonstrations all around the store. One was for this pasta with Mizithra cheese. The lady doing the demonstration said the recipe was the same one they make at the Spaghetti Factory.

So last night I tried it out. It was pretty tasty and easy to make. Below are the directions straight from http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/23/Spaghetti_with_Burnt_Butter38272.shtml  (with a few minor changes)

There is a terrific dish served by The Old Spaghetti Factory called Spaghetti with Browned Butter. It is served topped with shredded Mizithra cheese (a Greek hard cheese). If mizithra is not available a blend of ricotta salata and romano is suggested.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter ( I used less than half the amount and it was plenty!)
1 cup Mizithra cheese
pasta of choice ( I used a veggie penne but the one I tried at Kroger used bow-tie)

3 Ingredients

Browned Butter Procedure:

Cut butter into tablespoon-sized pieces and place in a 2-quart sauce pan. Place the pan of butter on a burner on medium heat. Bring butter to a slow boil (about 5 minutes).

Once the butter begins to boil, stir constantly to prevent residue from sticking to the bottom of the pan. As the butter cooks, it will start to foam and rise. Continue stirring, otherwise the butter foam could overflow (about 5 minutes) and catch fire.

Once the butter stops foaming and rising, cook until amber in color (about 1 to 2 minutes). It will have a pleasant caramel aroma.

Turn off the heat and remove pan from burner. Let the sediment settle to the bottom of the pan for a few minutes.

Bring butter to boil in saucepan

Pour the brown butter through a strainer into a small bowl. Do not disturb the residue at the bottom of the pan.

Strain the butter
Strain the butter

Boil Pasta until tender and then drain and toss with butter and Mizithra cheese.

Pasta tossed with browned butter and Mizithra cheese

I baked some chicken and peppers to top off the pasta.

Dinner is served!

The chickens and pepper really helped out the dish. It would have been to bland for me without it. The site I copied the recipe from said it would feed 4 but I would say 6.

My sister-in-law, Jolie, gave me a great tip on cooking pasta that I thought I would share. Whenever she cooks pasta, she will cook the whole box and then put it in a freezer bag. All you have to do is put it in boiling water to blanch it when you are ready to use it.

Enjoy!

Sara Beth

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6 thoughts on “Old Spaghetti Factory’s Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter

  1. That is my all time favorite dish and I didn’t know u could buy the cheese at Kroger.
    Tks will p/u some this week. I didn’t know it was so involved to brown the butter though.
    Tks for the great recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

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