October 14, 2013

Garlicky Pasta with Brown Butter, Bacon, Mushrooms, & Mizithra

Brown Butter Pasta

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.

Slice mushrooms

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.

Brown the butter2. Add sliced mushrooms with a light sprinkling of salt to the hot bacon grease and sauté for a few minutes. When almost done, add crushed garlic and finish cooking about 1 minute.

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.

Brown Butter & Broccoli

Place cooked pasta on a plate. Drizzle with brown butter, then top with cooked mushrooms, garlic, and bacon. Generously sprinkle Mizithra cheese on top.

Brown Butter Pasta

Happy Monday everybody.

Garlicky Pasta with Brown Butter, Bacon, Mushrooms, & Mizithra
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Angel hair pasta served with brown butter, bacon, garlic, mushrooms, & Mizithra cheese
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
  • 14 oz. box of Angel hair pasta
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 5 T. butter
  • 6 oz. sliced mushrooms (I used 10 mushrooms)
  • 1 cup finely grated Mizithra cheese
  • Salt to taste
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Brown the butter in a small sauce pan and set aside.
  3. Cook bacon slices in a skillet. Once cooked, chop into small pieces.
  4. Pour off half of the bacon grease and reserve the rest.
  5. Add sliced mushrooms to skillet. Sprinkle with salt and cook for a few minutes, until almost done. Add crushed garlic and continue cooking about 1 minute.
  6. Meanwhile, boil Angel hair pasta until al dente. Drain.
  7. Place pasta on a plate. Drizzle with brown butter and top with bacon, mushrooms, garlic, and Mizithra cheese.
  8. Serving suggestion: Steam fresh broccoli and drizzle with brown butter. Top with Mizithra cheese and serve on the side.


  1. Lynelle

    Looks so good! I’m excited to try it!

    • ambrosiaandnectar

      Thanks! Let me know what you think!

  2. Laurie

    deliicious. love this recipe. i did mix the cheese with the hot pasta. i put the mushrrom on the side as some of my kids dont like them. I too fell in love with this cheese when i went to Old Spaghetti Factory. yum. thanks for the recipe.

    • Katelyn

      Glad you liked it Laurie! I never liked mushrooms as a kid either, so I can totally understand keeping them on the side!

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