Old Spaghetti Factory's Spaghetti with Burnt Butter
recipe at a glance
5 stars - 44 reviews
ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes: 4recipe id: 28580cook method: stovetop
1 cup butter
1 cup Mizithra cheese
pasta of choice
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.
830 calories, 55 grams fat, 65 grams carbohydrates, 20 grams protein per serving
ratings & reviews
|Nov 12, 2013 Guest Foodie
Good news everyone - at least those in the Los Angeles, California area. CostCo now carries Old Spagetti factory Mizithra cheese. Bought it at the Azusa store last week.
Nov 10, 2013 secondhelpingMember since: November 9, 2013
I make the browned butter ahead of time and keep it on hand. That makes this recipe super easy to put together. Plus the browned butter works great in other recipes too. Oh and I agree that you have to try to find the mizithra cheese as that is really what makes this special.
Sep 25, 2013 mutantearMember since: September 25, 2013
In my area (Tacoma, WA) the Fred Meyer chain usually stocks the cheese. Safeway - sometimes. Great recipe. Sometimes minced garlic & oregano added is nice for a change, but very good as is. Next to puttenesca it is my fave pasta dish.
Sep 24, 2013 Dave in Seattle
Easy, Inexpensive, Simple and Everyone loves it. Careful because can be addictive!!
Sep 16, 2013 Cori
I used to go to the Old Spaghetti Factory long ago, and always ordered this dish. I still remember it some 30 years later. I saw some mizarthra cheese at my local market and bought it. Luckily I found is recipe too. Made it tonight, just like the original, sooo good! Thank you for posting this.
Jul 29, 2013 Guest Foodie
Mizithra cheese is totally key to this recipe. If you can't get it you might as well just find a different recipe. I did really have to hunt to find a store that carried it but it's worth the time calling around. Your average super market probably won't have it unless they have a really great deli (only one store in my town does and they didn't even have it). I found a gourmet deli that carried it.
May 24, 2013 Alyssa
I actually bought my mizithra cheese at OSF. The ingredients are Ricotta cheese and Romano cheese, so they don't even use true mizithra.
Mar 9, 2013 Lynne Marie
I love, love love this! Even better with one, or all, of the following add ons: fresh bacon bits, toasted sunflower seeds, & sautÃ©ed mushrooms. Top with chopped fresh parsley. I licked my bowl clean!
Feb 10, 2013 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.
Feb 8, 2013 Northwest
My family loves this dish, we've been making it for years. After
I brown the butter I mix it into the noodles and we top it with
a mixture of Maz and Parm cheeses. I use real unsalted butter.
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