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.
Pour the brown butter through a strainer into a small bowl. Do not disturb the residue at the bottom of the pan.
The brown butter can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated in a microwave as needed.
Boil the pasta of choice until Al Dente. Drain pasta and divide into four servings. Spread 1/4 cup of Mizithra over each pasta serving. Top with 1/4 cup of hot brown butter.
There is a terrific dish served by The Old Spaghetti Factory chain, called Spaghetti with Browned Butter,. It is served topped with shredded Mizithra cheese (a Greek hard cheese). If mizithra is not available (I am able to easily locate it St. Louis at cheese shops and some supermarkets), a blend of ricotta salata and romano is suggested.
37 reviews Guest: AHurt27
This was a great dish! I loved it. Got the cheese at Harmon's here in Utah! It was seriously right dead on. Not sure if we will go to the osf again, since I only went there for that.
Thank you I have always put the cheese and butter in reverse order, much better for some reason cheese first then butter :D. I would also like to share that I am gluten free and this is a favorite on spaghetti squash.
I agree with everyone else, it was better than the dish I got at the Spaghetti Factory; I am sure I used more Mizithra than called for.
this was AWESOME!!!!...just made for my family and they LOVED it!!!...didnt have the cheese so used parmesean...cant wait to try with the real cheese...THANKS!!!
Guest: Cleveland Cooker
i love love love this recipe!! I found that after burning the butter, the residue at the bottom of the pan is very flavorful/salty. I usually put a scoop pf the residue on the pasta along with the butter. But that's just personal choice. When we cant get mizythra we substitute roman0, or shredded parmesan. Not as good as the original but it works!! If you are in the Cleveland, OH area, the West Side Market carries the cheese..$6.99 lb.
In the St Louis/St Charles area Schnucks sells the Mizithra Cheese. You can buy whole or shredded. This is soooo good!
I've been making this for years for my family and they love it. I add Italian sausage (browned and sliced) to mine. I don't get the pleasure of eating many leftovers the next day because it gets gobbled up every time.
Guest: Little Slovak
In the San Diego area, a specialty food store called Harvest Ranch in El Cajon has carried the Mazithra cheese for years. Love the cheese! It is addicting.
This came out perfectly and we loved it. I halved the recipe for just my husband and I. I added a light dusting of garlic powder to the browned butter and reheated it briefly in the microwave before pouring it over the pasta and cheese and then set the pasta bowls in the oven to stay warm while we cut the sourdough bread. So pleased to find this recipe after years of looking & trying.
In the Phoenix area, you can buy Mizithra at AJ's Fine Foods. The Safeway near me used to carry it, but they don't anymore because they said they didn't sell enough. My whole family loves Mizithra cheese.
This is a great dish at the OSF and I could never master the butter but this recipe was very helpful and it came out wonderful
This was fantastic! Exactly like the OSF recipie! Highly recommended.
Love Old Spaghetti Factory's Mizithra and Browned Butter pasta, but we don't live anywhere near one. I had tried, but never knew how to properly brown the butter. This recipe has detailed and accurate instructions on making clarified browned butter and it tastes exactly like the OSF's meal! I made it for my husband and kid yesterday and got rave reviews!
by the way here in utah Harmons drocery stores carry Mizithra cheese