Brown Butter Spaghetti

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A non-traditional spaghetti recipe with amazing flavor. This Brown Butter Spaghetti is full of Romano and Parmesan cheeses, plus deliciously rich brown butter.

I have an older church cookbook titled Martinez United Methodist Church Cherished Recipes. It’s dated 1994 so not quite antique or vintage. But this little recipe book is full of comforting main dish recipes.

I was planning my weekly menu and came across Spaghetti Mizithra. It only had 5 ingredients and completely intrigued me. It reminded me of the spaghetti carbonara that my family loved, so I made it…and it was fantastic. Today I’m sharing this recipe with you!

shredded cheese in spaghetti in a skillet

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Only 5 ingredients.
  • Ready in about 20 minutes.
  • Comforting, amazing flavor.
  • Perfect as a side dish to a meat or a main dish.

What is mizithra?

My first question when looking at the recipe was, “what in the world is mizithra?”. And upon searching, I found it was a hard cheese. The Old Spaghetti Factory has on their menu a past called “Mizithra and Browned Butter Pasta”. That is why this recipe is so popular.

Mizithra cheese is a Greek cheese that is white, creamy and almost slightly sweet. The Old Spaghetti Factory has their own secret blend of Mizithra cheese that they use in their recipes. But you can buy this special blend at many Sprouts grocery stores. Unfortunately the closest one to us is about 6 hours away, so needless to say we did without Mizithra.

closeup of brown butter spaghetti

What is a substitute for Mizithra cheese?

So instead of calling this by the original title in the cookbook, we are calling it brown butter spaghetti. If you can get your hands on mizithra cheese, I 100% recommend using it. I used a blend of parmesan and romano cheeses. The original recipe also said you could use a dry ricotta cheese, caciocavallo or kasseri cheese.

butter in a saucepan

How to Make Brown Butter Spaghetti

  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  • While the water is boiling and pasta is cooking, brown the butter.
  • Slice the butter into tablespoons. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until the butter turns a light brown color and smells nutty and caramely. (Takes less than 10 minutes. Watch closely! Once it starts to brown it will brown quickly and can burn easily.) Click here to see our complete brown butter guide.
  • Combine the cheeses.
  • Place the spaghetti on a platter or in a large bowl or skillet.
  • Sprinkle with cheeses, then drizzle with browned butter.
  • Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.
brown butter pouring over spaghetti

This is best served immediately. The parmesan cheese won’t melt completely.

What to Serve with Brown Butter Spaghetti

overhead view of spaghetti in a skillet with a fork
overhead view of spaghetti in a skillet with a fork

Brown Butter Spaghetti

4.58 from 7 votes
A non-traditional spaghetti recipe with amazing flavor. This Brown Butter Spaghetti is full of Romano and Parmesan cheeses, plus deliciously rich brown butter.
Servings 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 16 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces romano cheese
  • 4 ounces Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  • While the water is boiling and pasta is cooking, brown the butter.
  • Slice the butter into tablespoons.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until the butter turns a light brown color and smells nutty and caramely. (Takes less than 10 minutes. Watch closely! Once it starts to brown it will brown quickly and can burn easily.)
  • Combine the cheeses.
  • Place the spaghetti on a platter or in a large bowl or skillet.
  • Sprinkle with cheeses, then drizzle with browned butter.
  • Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 6, with 1 serving being ⅙ of the pasta. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 772kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 765mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Calcium: 651mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 772
Keyword 30 minute dinner, pasta dinner

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Ruth Collins
1 year ago

Spaghetti sounds delicious. Gotta try this. No recipe to use yet. 😊