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.
I used to be a cook at the Atlanta Old Spaghetti Factory and this was my absolute favorite dish. The only problem with this recipe is that it is missing freshly grated Parmesan cheese in equal parts with the Mizithra cheese. We would freshly grate both cheeses in the restaurant daily.
Feb 27, 2014
Try WINCO, excellent supermarket--found Mizithra there 7 years ago, moved, were not close to the store any more. Tried to buy everywhere else, no luck. Seven years later went back to WINCO and it was still there. Yea!
Nov 12, 2013
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
secondhelping Member 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
mutantear Member 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
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
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
I actually bought my mizithra cheese at OSF. The ingredients are Ricotta cheese and Romano cheese, so they don't even use true mizithra.
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