Boursin pasta is a deliciously creamy meatless meal that comes together fast and only requires 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make!
This post is NOT sponsored, but I know a lot of people love Boursin (it was a mainstay in my house while I was growing up!), so why not come up with a simple pasta recipe that incorporates it? My sister is actually the one who suggested the idea to me, and I'm glad she did.
The gears in my brain started turning, and I realized I could use the same technique as my Spinach Goat Cheese Pasta. Really it's a technique as old as time. You make a sauce by adding hot starchy pasta water + cheese, and magic happens.
If you're unfamiliar with Boursin, it's a soft cheese that melts easily and is creamy and fairly light. I used their Garlic & Fine Herbs variety, but you could definitely try another kind... I am thinking the Shallot & Chives or Cracked Pepper ones would work equally well.
This meal is great when you want something hot and creamy but don't really feel like cooking. It's all made in one pot, so the dishes won't be bad either!
Recipe notes & tips:
- Don't like spinach? Leave it out and make this a 2-ingredient meal. 😉
- This recipe can definitely be used as a base for further additions. Some possible additions: sun-dried or cherry/grape tomatoes, broccoli, cooked chicken, shrimp, or sausage, olives, fresh herbs (try basil and/or chives), some freshly grated parmesan cheese... the possibilities are definitely there!
- There isn't much skill required in making this recipe other than making sure you don't add too much of the hot pasta water at once. Add it in sloooowly so the pasta doesn't end up too watery.
- Feel free to swap the penne with a different shape of pasta.
What to serve with Boursin pasta:
Try garlic bread/breadsticks or a lighter side salad. This pasta would work great as a side dish for something like my Parmesan Crusted Chicken.
More easy pasta recipes to try:
- Easy Creamy Lemon Pasta
- Easy Canned Tuna Pasta (Ready in 15 Minutes!)
- Super Easy Creamy Tomato Pasta
- Creamy Penne Pasta
Will you give this creamy Boursin pasta recipe a try? Made it? Let me know in the comments below. If you enjoyed the recipe, I'd love if you shared it with a friend!
- 8 ounces uncooked penne
- 1 (5.2 ounce/150g) package Boursin Fine Herbs & Garlic cheese
- 2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
- Boil a salted pot of water and cook the pasta al dente according to package directions. Important: reserve about a cup of the pasta water before you drain it (I just use a Pyrex measuring cup).
- Drain the pasta, then add it right back into the pot it was cooked in (take it off the burner). Add the Boursin cheese and a small splash (a few tablespoons or so) of the pasta water. Toss (I use two spoons) until you've got the sauce the consistency that you want, gradually adding in more of the pasta water as needed. You likely won't need to use most of it.
- Add in the spinach and continue tossing the pasta until everything is nicely coated in sauce. Cover the pot and let it wilt for a minute or two, then serve. Add some salt & pepper if needed.
- Serves 2-4 depending on how much people eat/what else it's served with.
- This pasta is great as a side dish.
- The residual heat from the hot pot, steaming pasta, and the pasta water will melt the cheese and make a deliciously creamy sauce.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.