Boursin Pasta recipe has been sweeping the Internet after gaining popularity amongst Tik Tok users looking for an easy pasta recipe to serve on a busy weeknight! And we totally agree that Boursin makes the most delicious and creamy sauce without having to use heavy cream or add much else than a cup of pasta water! What is more, Boursin pasta is a brilliant base recipe to add delicious extras to: we opted for sun-dried tomatoes and fresh herbs, but you can add a bunch of other veggies or proteins!
- Recipe Highlights
- Ingredients and Substitutes
- What is Boursin Cheese?
- Pasta Flavour Variations and Extras
- Method: How To Make Boursin Pasta?
- Watch How To Make Boursin Pasta
- Recipe FAQs
- Storage & Reheating
- What To Serve With Boursin Pasta?
- Other Easy Pasta Recipes
- Recipe Card
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- This creamy pasta recipe comes together in under 15 minutes. Yes, that’s right!
- An effortless way to please the whole family!
- It is an easy base recipe to add various proteins and veggies to: you can even customise it by the plate!
- An absolute delight for lovers of garlic flavor!
- Easy weeknight dinner that will only require 2 main ingredients. The rest is optional and customizable!
- No special equipment is needed! Grab a large saucepan and a large skillet and you are ready to cook!
Ingredients and Substitutes
You will need 2 main ingredients:
- pasta: we used dried pasta, but you may choose to use fresh pasta (or even homemade pasta), just make sure to not overcook it. Read about Pasta shapes in the Recipe FAQs section.
- Boursin cheese: Boursin comes in many different flavours these days. We used Boursin with garlic and fine herbs.
And we highly recommend adding some extras for enhanced flavour. We chose to use:
- oil: use any oil you have, like olive oil, vegetable or sunflower oil, but avoid oils with a strong odour, like toasted sesame or coconut oil.
- onion: we used red onion, but brown, white or yellow onion (or even shallots) will work well.
- sundried tomatoes: is our favourite addition to Boursin pasta, but you may choose to use fresh cherry tomatoes in the Boursin sauce.
- fresh parsley: can be replaced with other fresh herbs. We particularly like fresh basil or fresh chives.
- parmesan cheese: optional, but everybody likes a cheese topping on their pasta. Substitute parmesan with other hard cheese, like Padana Grano or Pecorino Romano.
If you would like to add other bits and pieces to your Boursin Pasta, see alternatives in the section below.
What is Boursin Cheese?
Boursin cheese is a type of creamy soft cheese that originates in Normandy, France. It was created in 1957 by Francois Boursin, who blended cheese with fresh garlic, herbs, and spices to create a spreadable cheese with a unique flavour.
The original Boursin cheese is made from a base of cow’s milk. The cheese has a smooth, creamy texture and a tangy, slightly salty flavour with a subtle hint of garlic and herb (like herbed cream cheese).
Over the years, Boursin cheese has become popular worldwide and is now available in various flavours, including garlic and fine herbs, shallot and chive, pepper, and cranberry and spice. It is often used as a spread for crackers, bread, and vegetables, as well as a topping for baked potatoes, pasta dishes, and salads. Boursin is a brand of Gournay cheese.
Pasta Flavour Variations and Extras
- Make Boursin Chicken Pasta by adding shredded poached or roasted chicken breast into the sauce.
- Extra Garlicky Pasta: Thinly spice a couple of garlic cloves and add them to the pan together with the onions for an extra hit of that garlic flavour!
- Scatter the top of Boursin pasta with chilli or red pepper flakes (we love Aleppo pepper).
- Skip the sundried tomatoes and add roasted cherry tomatoes instead.
Method: How To Make Boursin Pasta?
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta following the package directions.
Whilst pasta cooks heat a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan. Add the chopped onion and sautee on low heat for 5-6 minutes until the onion softens.
Add the Boursin cheese and 150ml of starchy pasta water and stir for a couple of minutes with a wooden spoon to combine. The cheese should melt and turn into a thick sauce. Add more water to the cheese mixture if your sauce is too thick. Stir in sliced sundried tomatoes and parsley.
Add the drained pasta and toss to coat in the Boursin sauce. Season with salt and black pepper if required.
Serve with Parmesan and more parsley scattered on top!
Watch How To Make Boursin Pasta
What Pasta To Use With Boursin Pasta Sauce?
Ok, there is no right or wrong pasta! But when it comes to the shape of the pasta, we have a suggestion. This Boursan Cheese Pasta recipe is CREAMY! That means, that if you choose the intricately shaped pasta, it will scoop up and hold too much of that creamy sauce, making the overall dish too rich!
As a result, we suggest choosing a noodle-type pasta, like:
What is Al Dente? Why Should I Cook Pasta Al Dente?
Al dente is an Italian term that literally means “to the tooth” in English. It is a term used to describe the texture of cooked pasta, rice or vegetables, where the food is cooked just enough to be firm to the bite, but not overly soft or mushy.
Al dente is a popular way to cook pasta in Italian cuisine and is often preferred as it provides a satisfying texture and helps to showcase the flavour of the pasta itself as well as the sauce or toppings that are added to it.
Storage & Reheating
If you have leftover pasta with Boursin cheese, it is best to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume it within 2 days.
Can You Freeze Boursin Pasta?
While Boursin cheese can be frozen, it is not recommended to freeze pasta that has been mixed with Boursin cheese. The reason for this is that the texture of the pasta may change and become mushy or grainy when thawed.
Can You Reheat Boursin Cheese Pasta?
Yes, but make sure not to overheat, as the pasta will become mushy!
Transfer the pasta to a microwave-safe dish, or a saucepan if you prefer to reheat it on the stove. If using a microwave, cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid or a microwave-safe plastic wrap to prevent the pasta from drying out. If using a saucepan, add a splash of water or chicken stock to help create some steam and prevent the pasta from sticking. Microwave the pasta on high for 1-2 minutes, or heat it on medium-low heat on the stove until it is heated through, stirring occasionally.
What To Serve With Boursin Pasta?
Boursin Pasta is a simple recipe (especially if you are not adding any extras to it). So it can definitely benefit from a side dish or two. Here are some accompaniments that go particularly well with it:
- A simple green salad, like baby spinach or arugula salad with pine nuts, makes a great side dish.
- Courgette ribbon salad is another firm favourite of ours.
- Lemon & Garlic Tenderstem Broccoli
- Roasted Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
Other Easy Pasta Recipes
Pasta recipes make easy dinners, right? But it is easy to get stuck in a rut with the recipes we all have on repeat week after week (we are guilty of making our Pesto Pasta With Prawns over and over again). If you are looking for new pasta recipes, here are our best recipes:
- Cream Cheese Pasta With Mushrooms
- Beetroot Feta Pasta
- Spaghetti Arrabbiata
- Pasta Napoletana
- Lemon Ricotta Pasta
Creamy Boursin Pasta
- 200 g dried pasta we used spaghetti
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 red onion finely chopped
- 150 g Boursin Cheese with garlic and fine herbs
- 50 g sundried tomatoes drained of oil and sliced into strips
- 5 g fresh parsley finely chopped
- 20 g parmesan finely grated
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta following the package directions.
- Whilst pasta cooks heat a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan. Add the chopped onion and sautee on low heat for 5-6 minutes until the onion softens.
- Add the Boursin cheese and 15ml of starchy pasta water and stir for a couple of minutes with a wooden spoon to combine. The cheese should melt and turn into a thick sauce. Add more water to the cheese mixture if your sauce is too thick. Stir in sliced sundried tomatoes and parsley.
- Add the drained pasta and toss to coat in the Boursin sauce. Season with salt and black pepper if required.
- Serve with Parmesan and more parsley scattered on top!