Let’s work some more brown butter magic today, folks. We need to make this pasta because A) it’s amazing, and B) because it’s Monday, and I for one need a pick-me-up to get me through this fantastically gloomy day.
This pasta sort of resembles one of my favorite dishes from Old Spaghetti Factory. Have you been there? It’s where I fell in love with Mizithra cheese, which they serve generously over a handful of their dishes. Oh how I love it.
This pasta is served with brown butter, crispy bacon, sautéed mushrooms and garlic, and laden with finely grated Mizithra cheese on top. It is so choice (if you name that movie, we should be best friends). Serve with some steamed broccoli on the side, drizzled with the brown butter and Mizithra. Heavenly.
This recipe requires a bit of concurrent cooking. As in, a few of these things need to be cooking at the same time so they can all be served hot together. Try to find a helper if possible. If not, you may be running around like a mad woman, just trying to keep things from burning and only barely managing. Not that I did that…
Start by slicing some mushrooms (or buy pre-sliced if you’re smart—not me), and grating some Mizithra cheese. You can easily find Mizithra at the grocery store.
Also get a pot of water boiling for the pasta.
Meanwhile, fry up a few slices of bacon in a skillet, and then set aside on a paper towel. Chop into small pieces.
Pour off a bit of excess bacon grease, but reserve the rest to sauté the mushrooms and garlic in.
Now, around the same time:
1. Brown your butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat, whisking often until lightly browned and aromatic. If you need more details on how to brown butter, check out my Brown Butter Cinnamon Syrup post. Once the butter is browned, turn off the heat and set aside.
3. Add pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain.
Told you we would be multi-tasking here. Positive thoughts!
Steam some fresh broccoli florets, then drizzle with brown butter and top with Mizithra cheese to serve on the side.
Place cooked pasta on a plate. Drizzle with brown butter, then top with cooked mushrooms, garlic, and bacon. Generously sprinkle Mizithra cheese on top.
Happy Monday everybody.