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Boursin Pasta

This Boursin Pasta is a decadently creamy dish that twirls tangy, herb-flecked melted Boursin cheese with juicy grape and cherry tomatoes, olives, spinach, and spiral pasta for a one-pan meal.

Baked pasta in a casserole dish garnished with fresh basil leaves.

I love a meal that cooks in one pan—bonus: you can serve it straight from the pan, too! This gorgeous Boursin pasta recipe is one of my favorites. Boursin cheese is a soft, slightly crumbly French cheese seasoned with herbs. It melts beautifully and is a nice choice to add to pasta dishes.

Why You’ll Love This Boursin Pasta Recipe

  • Flavorful. There are several varieties of Boursin to choose from, and you can use whatever one you like! I tend to go for the “garlic and fine herbs” version, but there’s an option that includes shallots, and even a dairy-free Boursin. Each one is loaded with flavor from dried spices and other seasonings.
  • The vegetables. There are two kinds of tomatoes in this dish, cherry and grape tomatoes, and when they cook in the oven they release their sweet juiciness to infuse the dish with flavor and texture. You’ll also add baby spinach and olives.
  • Easy. You need one pot to cook the pasta and a casserole dish to which you’ll add everything else. The veggies and cheese magically cook together to form a sauce so you can throw together a salad and have a minute before dinner is done.
Ingredients needed to make Boursin pasta are shown: Boursin cheese, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, Parmesan, Kalamata olives, pasta, baby spinach, basil, Italian seasoning, olive oil, salt and pepper.

What You’ll Need

Here’s a glance at the ingredients in this Boursin cheese pasta recipe. Don’t forget to check the recipe card at the end of this post for the full ingredient amounts.

  • Olive Oil – I always use extra virgin olive oil in my recipes.
  • Tomatoes – You’ll use a combination of cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes. 
  • Kalamata Olives – Make sure to use pitted olives.
  • Italian Seasoning – Or substitute an equal amount of dried basil and oregano if you don’t have Italian seasoning.
  • Salt and Pepper – I prefer Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Boursin Cheese – You’ll need two packages of cheese.
  • Pasta – Use funghetti pasta or fusilli pasta.
  • Pasta Cooking Water – The starch in the pasta water helps bind the sauce together.
  • Baby Spinach – Or use chopped regular spinach.
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Basil – To garnish. You can omit this if you don’t have basil.

How To Make Boursin Pasta

I’ve outlined how to make this creamy Boursin pasta below. In just a few steps, you’ll transform simple ingredients into a gourmet meal by baking together a savory mix of tomatoes, olives, and cheese before tossing it with pasta and fresh greens for a deliciously satisfying dish.

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven and cook the pasta.
  2. Assemble: Add the tomatoes and olives to a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  3. Add cheese: Form two wells and place a cheese puck into each one.
  4. Bake: Place the dish in the oven and bake until the tomatoes soften.
  5. Stir: Remove the casserole dish from the oven and stir the mixture.
  6. Add spinach: Stir in fresh baby spinach until it begins to wilt.
  7. Stir in pasta: Add the pasta and reserved cooking water.
  8. Finish: Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the pasta and toss to blend. Garnish with basil leaves to serve.
Up close image of Boursin pasta with a spoon mixing through it.

Tips & Variations

This is a wonderfully simple recipe, and you can make it exactly as it’s written or try a few adjustments. I’ve included some tips and variation ideas below:

  • Don’t toss the pasta water! The reserved pasta water is on the ingredients list for a reason – it helps to create a cheesy sauce that clings to the pasta.
  • Use a shaped pasta. The ideal type of pasta for this recipe is pasta with “nooks and crannies” to help capture the sauce. If you don’t have a spiral-shaped pasta, you can use penne, ziti, or even macaroni.
  • Try other vegetables. I wouldn’t skimp on the tomatoes, because they add such a nice touch of juicy sweetness. But, you can adjust the amount of vegetables if you like (more tomatoes or spinach is great) or try other vegetables. Some of my other favorite additions include zucchini, mushrooms, or peas.
  • Skip the olives. I love the briny tartness of the Kalamata olives in this dish! But, I know that not everyone loves olives. It’s OK to skip them if you wish, the finished Boursin pasta will still be packed with flavor.
  • Add meat. To make this into a heartier meal, you can stir in chopped Italian sausage or crumbled, cooked bacon.

Serving Suggestions

A rich main dish needs a fresh salad to balance it out! You can serve Boursin pasta as your main offering or add smaller portions alongside a meat main.

Spooning out Boursin pasta from a baking dish.

How To Store Leftovers

Casseroles keep well for another time, and you can enjoy this Boursin pasta recipe again later in the week!

  • Fridge – Keep the leftover casserole in the pan and cover it tightly with foil. Or, transfer the casserole or portions of the casserole into an airtight container. Store the leftover Boursin cheese pasta in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat – You can reheat the leftovers in an oven-safe dish in the oven at 350°F until heated through and the sauce is slightly bubbling. Or, place a portion of pasta on a microwave-safe plate and reheat it in the microwave at 30-second increments until hot.

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Baked pasta in a casserole dish garnished with fresh basil leaves.
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5 from 6 votes

Boursin Pasta

This Boursin Pasta is a decadently creamy casserole that twirls tangy melted Boursin cheese with juicy tomatoes, olives, spinach, and spiral pasta for a one-dish meal.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boursin cheese pasta, boursin pasta, boursin pasta recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 383kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10.4 ounces Boursin Cheese, (2 packages)
  • 2 cups dry funghetti pasta or fusilli pasta
  • cup water from the cooked pasta cooking water
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.
  • Reserve ⅓ cup of the pasta cooking water before draining.
  • While the pasta is cooking, in a casserole dish, combine cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and sliced Kalamata olives. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, kosher salt, and black pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
  • Form two wells in the mixture, then place a cheese puck into each one.
  • Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the tomatoes soften and release their juices and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove the casserole dish from the oven and carefully mix through the tomatoes and cheese with a fork.
  • Stir in fresh baby spinach until it begins to wilt; the residual heat from the tomato mixture will help in cooking the spinach.
  • Add the cooked pasta and reserved cooking water, stirring until thoroughly combined.
  • Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the pasta and toss again to blend everything.
  • Divide the Boursin pasta evenly among serving plates, garnish with fresh basil leaves, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Reserve the pasta water. The cooked pasta water is crucial for making a creamy sauce that perfectly coats your pasta.
  • Pasta shapes. Opt for textured pasta like spirals, penne, or macaroni to better capture the sauce.
  • Experiment with veggies. While tomatoes are a must for their sweet burst, feel free to play with the quantity or add others like zucchini, mushrooms, or peas. Olives are optional.
  • Make it meaty. Adding Italian sausage or bacon can turn this into a more substantial meal.
  • Storage. Keep leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 1027mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1897IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 1mg

12 Comments

  • Beth
    Mar 11, 2024 at 3:08 pm

    5 stars
    This has the richest flavor I’ve ever tasted! I love how creamy the boursin is. THis was the first time I’ve ever cooked with this kind of cheese before.

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    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Mar 12, 2024 at 1:34 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the rich flavors and creamy texture of the Boursin cheese! It’s great that your first experience cooking with it was such a success. Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • April
    Mar 11, 2024 at 3:53 pm

    5 stars
    OMG this was sooooo creamy and full of flavor. Amazing and I can’t wait to eat it again!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Mar 12, 2024 at 1:32 pm

      That’s fantastic to hear! I’m glad you enjoyed its creaminess and rich flavor. Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sandra
    Mar 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    5 stars
    I love this pasta dish! So creamy and flavorful! Easy to make too!

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Mar 12, 2024 at 1:31 pm

      It’s wonderful to hear you love the pasta dish! The creamy, flavorful profile paired with easy preparation sounds like a winning combination. Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
    Mar 12, 2024 at 2:51 am

    5 stars
    Such a delicious meal! Always a favorite at our house!

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Mar 12, 2024 at 1:30 pm

      It’s great to hear that the meal is a beloved favorite in your home! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Allyson
    Mar 12, 2024 at 2:07 pm

    5 stars
    Totally delicious and easy to make!!!

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    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Mar 13, 2024 at 3:27 pm

      I’m glad to hear it was both delicious and easy to make! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Janelle
    Mar 12, 2024 at 4:43 pm

    5 stars
    This reminded me a lot of tortellini and it was soooo good!

    Reply
    • Katerina
      Katerina
      Mar 13, 2024 at 3:25 pm

      That’s fantastic to hear! It’s great that it brought to mind tortellini and that you enjoyed it so much. Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply

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