Browned butter and mizithra zoodles is the low carb version of the iconic dish from the Old Spaghetti Factory. Make this recipe at home and enjoy all the flavor without the guilt!
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Back in the day when I ate carbs, one of my favorite dishes in the world was the Browned Butter and Mizithra Spaghetti from Old Spaghetti Factory. It was like a grown up version of the pasta with butter and parmesan cheese that my daughter loves. Now, Old Spaghetti Factory isn’t a restaurant I frequented very often, but I took the kids there over the holidays and the craving for the mizithra cheese has been haunting me ever since.
I had mentioned this to my mom while we were in San Francisco a couple weeks ago. My mom was like “you know you can get mizithra at the grocery store, right?” Dammit, my mom is always right. Two days later, I was in the cheese section at Sprouts, and look what I found…
Mizithra is a Greek cheese that’s made of whey. There are three stages of of it’s processing and from what I read the first stage is sweet, the second stage is gross and the third stage is salty and hard. We are eating it at the third stage, apparently. The mizithra I purchased is pre-shredded and mixed with romano cheese. I’ll be on the look out for a round of mizithra (they have it on Amazon!) in my cheese adventures.
Browning butter is fun. Kind of. I’ve done it plenty of times, unintentionally. Browning butter on purpose is a completely different beast. You have to watch it, with your eagle eye. And you must use unsalted butter otherwise the salt gets trapped in the little browned butterfat and the taste is off.
So, throw the butter in a cold pot, on medium/low heat and watch it. It will start bubbling, and that is the water from the butter cooking off. At this point, start swirling the pot. The butter will start to get a darker shade. Remove from heat just as the butter starts to turn golden-brown. You’ll be able to smell the nutty aroma. Yummmm. Chances are that you won’t use the entire amount of browned butter. Feel free to use 1/4 cup of butter instead of 1/2 a cup. I browned 1/2 a cup, because heaven forbid we run out.
Originally, I had thought about using spaghetti squash for this recipe, but yellow zucchini is less sweet and has more of a neutral flavor, so I went with that. I use this handheld spiralizer to make my zucchini noodles. I prefer the handheld one to the bigger spiralizers that you crank because of limited storage space. The handheld one can be thrown in a drawer.
Make sure you are using firm zucchini for the zoodles. If the zucchini is overripe you are going to end up with sad, soggy zoodles. And nobody wants to eat sad, soggy noodles. Also, don’t add salt to the zoodles, it makes them sweat then makes them soggy. Whoever told you to add salt was wrong and wants you to have lame zoodles. Unfriend them at once.
Do you have lots of zucchini this summer? Then you need to make this zucchini noodles with roasted bell pepper feta sauce!
Browned Butter and Mizithra Zoodles
Yield 4 servings
4 - 5 yellow zucchini
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup grated mizithra cheese
Spiralize the yellow zucchini and set aside.
In a small pot heat up a stick of unsalted butter on medium-low. The butter will melt, then bubble, then start to turn brown. Remove from heat and pour immediately into a bowl and set aside.
In a large pan, heat up a tablespoon of olive oil. Add spiralized zucchini and toss with rubber tongs in the heat. Sauté for about 3-5 minutes until zucchini appears softened and warm, but not mushy. Immediately remove from heat.
Place zucchini on plate, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of browned butter over zucchini and top with grated mizithra cheese. Serve immediately.
Cuisine Low Carb
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 33.1 g
Saturated Fat 21.7 g
Unsaturated Fat 6.8 g
Cholesterol 91.1 mg
Sodium 387 mg
Total Carbohydrates 7.1 g
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
Sugars 3.1 g
Protein 1.3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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