Old Spaghetti Factory Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese

The Old Spaghetti Factory’s Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter has the benefit of tasting completely decadent and being so easy to prepare. You can recreate this classic dish at home.

A plate of Old Spaghetti Factory Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese

Who doesn’t just love a dish that has a few simple easy to find ingredients in it, and it still tastes amazing? Browned butter, if you have never made it tastes so good. Browned butter has an amazing flavor. It has an intense nutty flavor.

Cooked pasta with browned butter is hard to resist. If you have never been to the Old Spaghetti Factory you are missing out on a real nice treat. This dish has to be one of my favorites. I love this meatless option.

I have noticed a lot of other copycat recipes online miss their specific cheese mix. They use Mizithra cheese, but they miss the Romano cheese that the Old Spaghetti Factory adds. The Old Spaghetti Factory actually sells this cheese blend in many grocery stores.

If you don’t have a Sprouts near you, I can tell you how I make my own cheese blend. Mizithra cheese is a greek cheese. So you may have to go to your grocery store’s deli department. If you can’t get your hands on some Mizithra cheese you can substitute a good quality Parmesan cheese. It won’t be a copycat, but it will be quite good.

If you are new to browning butter, it isn’t difficult at all. If you can clarify butter you can make browned butter. You will place the butter into a saucepan and warm it on medium heat, it will begin to froth, and you will use a spoon to spoon off the butter fats on the top of the butter. Then you will continue to cook the butter until it begins to brown. Once it turns the shade of caramel you will have browned butter.

Homemade Old Spaghetti Factory Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese on a plate

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A plate of Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter

Old Spaghetti Factory Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese

Make Old Spaghetti Factory Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese at home with this copycat recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Browned Butter, Old Spaghetti Factory Browned Butter and Mizithra Cheese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 924kcal


  • 16 ounces pasta
  • 1 cup salted butter unsalted butter is ok to use
  • 1/2 cup mizithra cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup Romano cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon parsley minced


  • Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Do not rinse. While the pasta is cooking brown the butter by placing into a saucepan over medium heat. As the butter melts, it will begin to foam. Remove the foam with a spoon. Cook the butter until it browns.
  • To prepare the pasta, pour pasta into a bowl. Pour the browned butter over the pasta, and then add the two kinds of cheese. Toss pasta until it is well coated. Serve immediately. This dish does not reheat well.



Calories: 924kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 712mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1605IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 303mg | Iron: 1.7mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Cherry

    This was my all time favorite dish every time we went to the restaurant in downtown San Diego. I never ordered anything else! Now I live in western New York, and was browsing in a gourmet shop and saw myzithra cheese! Since I really love the mizithra pasta as much as I do, I thought I’d give it a try. I have a question for your visitors. Has anyone tried sauted garlic along with the butter? I am also going to make it with crispy fried bacon pieces. Garlic and bacon always seem to work for me in many of the pasta dishes I cook and I haven’t had any complaints!

      • Linda Densmore

        5 stars
        You can’t mess this dish up! This was also my favorite thing on the menu in San Diego 40 years ago! I was in The Fresh Market in Jupiter,Florida and saw Mizithra cheese for the first time in all those years and decided to buy it and see if I could find the recipe. Brought back memories!

    • Elizabeth

      Personally, I’m not a fan of garlic, but would never dream of complaining about bacon in any way, shape, or form! 😁

  2. Laura

    This IS the best recipe for a delicious dish, The recipe doesn’t mention when to add the parsley. I know it is a condiment at the end of the dish before serving, others might not know when to add the parsley so maybe you could add that to the directions.

  3. Debbie

    5 stars
    I find this as I sit here eating what I prepared last night–it doesn’t warm up well?!?
    I just took my leftover and threw it in a couple of tablespoons of brown butter in a saucepan and stirred it up. Just as good as last night!!!

  4. Olivia

    5 stars
    I love this recipe so much. I am 12 years old and I’ve been trying to find a good recipe for my mom to save money. This is perfect!!! My mom loves it as well. It’s easy enough to make and find, browning the butter is even a simple process too!

  5. Kenna

    5 stars
    Is there something else I can use instead of the Mizithra cheese? I can’t find any in the stores.

  6. ruthie

    5 stars
    So happy to see this recipe, simple though it is! This was one of my favorite dishes when the gang used to congregate at the Factory in college. We’d order several different “sauces” and eat buffet-style, but there was always at least one plate of this dish on the table. Thanks!

  7. Ron

    When I was doing some work there the manager told me it was goat cheese as the second cheese. He wrote it down for me and I lost it darn it. I think it was equal parts of each cheese.
    Ron / Sacramento Ca

  8. Darby

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this!! I live in Texas and The Spaghetti Warehouse doesn’t have this. I used to live in Cali and would get it every time I went there! Thanks again!!

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