Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pasta with browned butter and Mizithra cheese

When my husband and I lived in Beaverton, OR, we used to LOVE to eat this dish at The Old Spaghetti Factory. It is SO yummy!

First of all, I have made this a couple of times lately (it is SO good and SO simple), but haven't been able to get a decent picture! Second, I didn't use Mizithra cheese. I used to buy the Mizithra cheese at AJ's Fine Foods (I think that is the name), but now I live FAR from the city and am not sure where to buy it(to be honest, I haven't looked too hard). I substituted Sargento grated Parmesan cheese and it is still WONDERFUL!! Let me know if any of you that live here in the White Mountains of AZ know where to find Mizithra cheese.

This pasta is a wonderful and simple side dish! Mmmm and cook up some fresh green beans in some chicken stock and garlic salt. Cook the green beans uncovered and let the stock reduce.

Pasta with browned butter and Mizithra cheese (or Parmesan)
  • 1/2 pound of your favorite pasta
  • ~3 T butter
  • 2 generous handfuls or grated Mizithra or Parmesan cheese (give or take according to your taste)

Directions: Cook pasta as specified on the box. Brown butter large frying pan over medium heat, this will only take a couple of minutes, keep an eye on the butter so that it doesn't burn. Add the drained pasta to the frying pan with the butter and toss to coat the pasta. Add the cheese and toss again to coat the pasta. Serves 4.

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  1. Yum! And simple---what a perfect combination!

  2. I always order this when I go there! So great to have a recipe for it! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. We make this dish and always put in a few crushed red peppers, gives it a little kick. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  4. Last time I made this I believe I got the Mizithra from Target or somewhere like that. I wonder if Walmart would have it. I haven't made this in forever. Thanks for reminding me about it. We will have to do it again soon!!

  5. Mizithra cheese is of Greek heritage, and typically comes shapped in a ball. Whole Foods always seems to carry the mizithra cheese in stock, but they breakdown the ball into quartered, or smaller chunked sizes that are more affordable. You'll have to grate it yourself, but that's not a problem considering the end-result you'll get to have! Yum!!


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