This Boursin cheese pasta is creamy and comes together in just 20 minutes. This is a weeknight dinner that will leave you coming back for more, time and time again.
If you want to do something different with Boursin 'Garlic & Fine Herbs' Cheese instead of just eating it with crackers, you'll really enjoy this pasta recipe.
😍 Why You'll Love This Boursin Pasta
- Creamy and Delicious: Creamy Boursin cheese is an excellent choice for pasta sauce for a couple of key reasons. Firstly, being a soft cheese, it melts effortlessly. Secondly, it's already bursting with flavors. No extra herbs or fresh garlic are necessary to elevate your pasta dish!
- Quick and Easy: You can make it in just 20 minutes with only a few ingredients. It's perfect for busy weeknights.
- You Can Make It Your Way: Add extra things you like to make it even more delicious.
- Feels Like a Hug in a Bowl: It's so comforting and makes you feel all warm and happy inside.
✅ Boursin Pasta Ingredients
- Linguine or Pasta of Choice (8 ounces): You can use any type of pasta you prefer or have on hand. Penne, fettuccine, or spaghetti would work well too. If you're looking for a gluten-free option, use your favorite gluten-free pasta.
- Unsalted Butter (2 tablespoons): If you prefer, you can use salted butter, but adjust salt accordingly. Olive oil will work too.
- Small Onion (finely diced): It helps to balance the bold flavors of Garlic & Fine Herbs cheese.
- Smoked Sausage (4 ounces): You can use any type of sausage you like, or even substitute it with bacon for a smoky flavor. For a vegetarian option, consider using meatless sausages or omitting it.
- Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese (1x 5-ounce pack): If you can't find this specific brand or flavor, you can try a different garlic and herb cream cheese or a soft herbed cheese of your choice.
- Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese (1 cup): You can substitute it with Pecorino Romano or Asiago for a similar salty, nutty flavor.
- Italian Seasoning (½ teaspoon, optional): You can make your own blend with a combination of dried basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage.
- Salt & Black Pepper (to taste): Adjust according to your preference. Remember that the cheese and sausage may already add some saltiness, so taste before adding more.
🔪 How to Make Boursin Cheese Pasta
Fill a pot with salted water and bring it to a boil. Follow the instructions on the pasta packet to cook it until it's al dente.
As the pasta cooks, melt the butter in a large skillet. Add in the onions and cook until they're tender. Next, add the sausage and cook until lightly browned.
Just before the pasta is fully done, reserve about 1 cup of the starchy pasta water. Pour approximately ¾ cup into the pan and give it a good stir. Add the Boursin cheese and keep stirring until it's all melted. After, mix in the Parmesan, Italian seasoning, a bit of salt, and some black pepper. Blend everything well, then lower the heat to a simmer.
Put the cooked pasta straight from the pot into the sauce and give it a good toss. If the sauce gets too thick, add a bit of the starchy pasta water. If you add too much, just keep it on low heat and gently toss until the sauce coats the pasta nicely.
- Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Add fresh spinach leaves and chopped sun-dried tomatoes for a burst of color and flavor.
- Mushrooms and Thyme: Sauté sliced mushrooms with fresh thyme for an earthy, aromatic twist.
- Bacon and Peas: Fry up crispy bacon bits and toss in some peas for a classic combination of flavors and textures.
- Grilled Chicken or Shrimp: For added protein, top the pasta with grilled chicken strips or cooked shrimp.
- Cherry Tomatoes and Basil: Toss in halved cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves for a burst of freshness.
- Broccoli and Lemon Zest: Steam broccoli florets and add lemon zest for a vibrant and zesty kick.
- Pesto and Pine Nuts: Mix in a dollop of pesto and sprinkle some toasted pine nuts for a nutty, herby touch.
- Spicy Sausage and Red Pepper Flakes: Use spicy sausage instead of smoked for an extra kick, and add red pepper flakes for some heat.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
- Reheat the pasta gently on the stovetop over low heat. Add a splash of cream or chicken broth if needed to restore creaminess.
- Freezing can be a bit tricky due to the dairy content in the sauce. We don't recommend it.
What to Serve With Boursin Cheese Pasta
Garlic Bread: A classic choice that complements the creamy pasta with its crispy, buttery goodness.
Green Salad: A fresh salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette provides a refreshing contrast.
Caesar Salad: Crisp romaine lettuce, croutons, Parmesan cheese, and Caesar dressing provide a hearty side with bold flavors.
Steamed Broccoli: A simple yet nutritious option that complements the pasta's creamy texture.
Antipasto Platter: A selection of cured meats, olives, marinated vegetables, and cheeses creates a delightful spread of flavors.
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Creamy Boursin Chicken-tender, succulent chicken in a velvety Boursin cheese sauce.
Boursin Mashed Potatoes-Rich, flavorful, and irresistibly delicious. Elevate your side dish game!
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