30 Apr 2012

Spaghetti a la Homer






I remember the first time I went to The Old Spaghetti Factory with my boyfriend and he ordered this. I ordered a vegetable lasagna: not quite spaghetti, but tasty none the less. The waitress brought him his plate, and I thought "really? Mine has a whole mix of ingredients packed in here, and it just looks like he has a plate full of cooked noodles!" He must have seen my puzzled expression so he assured my it is very tasty, and that he gets it every time he goes there. He then let me try some, and oh my word. Who says that more ingredients means more yum?

 So the next time we go, I order the same thing. But now the waitress looks at us, and says "Are you sure? Have any of you had this dish before?" we both said yes, and she said "okay. We have to do this because lots of people get it, and it was not what they were expecting so they return it." They have to have a disclaimer before serving people this meal now! But let me assure you, it is excellent! Maybe all those customers reacted the same way that I did the first time I saw this dish.

But holy moly was it hard finding the cheese for this! You have GOT to use Mizithra cheese, otherwise it won't taste the same. This cheese is extremely salty on its own but SO good on this pasta. I was going from store to store seeking out this cheese, until I finally find it in a little Mediterranean specialty store. That place was so cute, I will return.







What you'll need:

 -350g spaghetti
-1 cup butter
-1 cup grated Mizithra cheese


Directions:

    1.   In a large saucepan, bring lightly salted water to a boil.  Cook spaghetti in the boiling water until al dente.
    2.   When the spaghetti is almost done, melt the butter in a small saucepan until caramel brown in color. Let stand for around 4 minutes then strain to remove butter solids.
    3.   Drain the spaghetti and mix in the butter and cheese.


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19 comments:

  1. it's really a simple pasta, so easy to make and it looks delicious, definetly bookmarking this recipe!

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  2. Oh man that brings back a lot of memories of college days! I loved this pasta too, good choice!

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  3. I agree, sometimes the simplest things are the best. This sounds great. I like your blog and am now following.

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  4. Don't you just love how three simple things can taste so good together? I have tried pasta with just garlic browned in olive oil it was amazing!

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  5. I have never heard of that cheese but I am super intrigued now. I love simple pasta dishes.

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  6. simple, and I like it!

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  7. That's a new cheese for me. I'll be sure to look into it. I'd probably love this because I think spaghetti just with Parmesan and butter is wonderful!

    (Love the looks of your raspberry and almond cake!)

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  8. Simple, but oh so scrumptious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  9. This is a perfect dinner.

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  10. This does look like the Spaghetti Factory!!!
    BTW, I love that place. =)

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  11. Love your site and just subscribed to your feed so I can keep up with what you're doing!

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  12. looks incredible & super tempting..:P
    Tasty Appetite

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  13. I've never heard of Mizithra cheese. Intriguing!

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  14. Oh Wow...I'm so excited to see this! I've been going to The Old Spaghetti Factory since I was a little girl and I love the spaghetti with mizithra cheese! It's so addictive and almost impossible to explain to people. You just have to try it! Yours looks so good :)

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  15. Oh my goodness. Now I’m drooling. Is it too late tonight to start making these?

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  16. Decadent!! I've never heard of Mizithra cheese either. Love a simple pasta dish.
    Heidi xo

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  17. Mizithra cheese and I obviously have a date with destiny. i will scour the earth until I find it!

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  18. I love simple pasta dishes like this. I will now be on the lookout for mizithra cheese!

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  19. This sounds really good. I hope I can find the mizithra cheese.

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