Mizithra Pasta is an Old Spaghetti Factory Copycat. Tossed in nutty brown butter and mizithra cheese makes this an easy family favorite. And you just need a handful of ingredients!
If you are looking for a quick, easy, delectable pasta dish, look no further than this Mizithra Pasta. It is a copycat of the Old Spaghetti Factory recipe. The spaghetti factory was a favorite for my husband and I when we were dating and this was one of our favorite dishes to order. Trust me when I say it is always a hit with the entire family. The kiddos love slurping up the noodles, the adults love the sweet nuttiness of the browned butter with the salty mizithra cheese.
It is a winner all around! And the best part is you only need a handful of ingredients and you can whip it up in about 15 minutes.
Let’s talk about what you’ll need to make it.
Despite the fact that “browned butter” sounds kinda fancy, one thing I love about this dish is how incredibly easy it is. Making browned butter is really easy, you just have to make sure that you watch it so that it doesn’t burn.
Follow along with these step by step instructions and photos.
STEP #1: Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, brown the butter.
STEP #2: In a stainless steel skillet or pot, heat butter over medium heat, As butter melts, it will foam slightly. Continue to cook until you notice little brown bits forming at the bottom of the pan. Stir the butter or shake the pan and continue cooking until the butter is a tan color and has a nutty aroma. Skim foam off of the top as it cooks. Remove from heat and set it on a cool surface because it will continue to cook in the pan.
STEP #3: Strain your pasta and return it to the pasta pot. Pour browned butter over the top and sprinkle with mizithra cheese and romano. Toss to combine. Season to taste with fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt.
STEP #4: Transfer to platter. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
When I tell you that this dish is an entire family pleaser, I mean it! My husband and kiddos could not get enough of it. To round out the entire Spaghetti Factory dinner experience, I served this with fresh bread slathered with whipped garlic butter and creamy pesto dressing.
Note: This post was originally written in 2009. It was updated with new photos, an improved recipe and nutrition information in 2021.