This Boursin cheese pasta recipe is just as easy to make as it is delicious. It’s the perfect dinner for busy weeknights or a cozy at-home date night. The creamy Boursin cheese adds a rich and velvety coating to the cooked pasta.
It’s full of fresh herbs and spices, slightly tangy, and has a burst of sweetness in every bite of cherry tomato.
Pair this Boursin pasta recipe with a glass of white wine and airfryer asparagus that’s just as easy to throw together.
If you have leftover Boursin cheese, be sure to try our Boursin chicken for another delicious and easy weeknight dinner.
Why this Boursin Cheese Pasta Recipe Works
Ridiculously easy: This recipe takes very minimal prep (even if you're making homemade Boursin cheese). It's a delicious dinner to have on hand for those crazy busy weeknights.
Bursting with flavor and color: Boursin cheese has such a dynamic flavor that pairs so well with the pasta. The garlic, fresh herbs, and spices only add to the boldness (in both flavor and color) of the cream sauce.
Quick cleanup: You can count on one hand the number of dishes you'll have to clean. Cleanup will be just as easy as meal prep.
Grab These Ingredients
Here are the simple ingredients for this creamy Boursin Pasta. Most are pantry staples and easy (and affordable) to find in the grocery store. Jump down to the recipe card for exact measurements.
- Boursin cheese: It’s the star of the show, adding so much creaminess and flavor to this dish. There are a variety of store-bought flavors to choose from, but you can also make our homemade Boursin cheese recipe.
- Cherry tomatoes: The soft burst of tomatoes in every bite makes the dish taste extra fresh.
- Olive oil: Use extra-virgin olive oil or substitute it with avocado oil.
- Garlic: While you could substitute with garlic powder, fresh garlic is best to give this dish plenty of garlic flavor. Add more or less to taste.
- Spices: Red pepper flakes, black pepper, and kosher salt add an extra flare to the herbs and spices in the Boursin cheese. All of the flavors complement each other nicely.
- Pasta: We suggest using long-cut pasta for this recipe and cooking it al dente. Feel free to use gluten-free pasta if needed.
- Pasta cooking water: This is optional, but we recommend you don’t skip it. The salty, starchy water will help to bind the pasta, thicken the sauce, and add extra flavor.
- Parmesan cheese: Fresh parmesan will taste the best. Grate it over top of the finished dish.
- Fresh herbs: Garnish your dish with fresh herbs like basil and oregano.
How to Make Boursin Cheese Pasta
The full printable recipe is below, but let’s walk through the steps with some photos so you have a clear idea of what to expect. This Boursin Cheese Pasta is really easy and these step-by-step instructions will make sure it turns out every time.v
Video: Watch How to Make Boursin Cheese Pasta
Spread the cherry tomatoes out along the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle the minced garlic, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt.
Toss it all together quickly with a spoon or your hands, evenly coating the tomatoes.
Unwrap the Boursin cheese (or scoop it out if using homemade Boursin cheese), and place it in the center of the dish, on top of the tomatoes.
Bake it for 35 minutes at 400°F, until the tomatoes are bursting and the Boursin cheese is soft.
While the tomatoes and cheese are baking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Before draining the pasta, reserve a cup of pasta water and set it aside. You may need this starchy water to thin out the pasta and sauce!
When the tomatoes and cheese are done, use a wooden spoon or whisk to mix the cheese with the roasted tomatoes. You can use the back of the spoon to push the tomatoes down and help them burst to release their juices into the sauce. The sauce should have a thick and creamy texture.
Add the drained pasta noodles into the creamy sauce, tossing it to cook. Add up to 1 cup of the reserved pasta water to thin the pasta sauce out as needed. Sprinkle fresh basil, grated parmesan cheese, and more red pepper flakes on top of the pasta before serving.
Boursin cheese’s soft texture makes it easy to melt and add to a variety of dishes.
The correct answer is any way you’d like! Boursin cheese is a versatile, soft cheese that can be used as a spread on crackers or bread, as a dip for vegetables or fruit, or as a topping for salads or pasta dishes.
It spreads easily and tastes great on any crackers or bread. It can also be used for dipping veggies or fruit like grape tomatoes, carrots, peppers, grapes, apples, or pears. You could even use it in steak recipes, like these beef tenderloin roll-ups.
Authentic Boursin is made from Gournay cheese, which is similar to cream cheese but crumblier. The same soft, crumbly, spreadable texture can be achieved by mixing cream cheese and butter.
- Add protein: Chicken breasts, shrimp, or salmon would all make delicious additions to this dish. Marinate your protein in lemon juice, pepper, and extra-virgin olive oil before sauteing. Try adding seared ribeye to the top like in this creamy steak pasta.
- Sneak in more veggies: Cooked asparagus, peas, sundried tomatoes, or mushrooms would all go well with this baked pasta dish.
- Make it even creamier: To make the cheese mixture even creamier, substitute half of your starchy pasta water for heavy cream.
- Keep it gluten-free: We used Jovial Gluten-Free Fettuccine, but you can use any long-cut pasta. Just note that gluten-free pasta tends to break easily (but the taste is the same!)
- Go dairy-free: They make dairy-free Boursin cheese, but it uses canola oil so we opt to make homemade Boursin Cheese. We love this simple recipe and it’s easy to make dairy-free with dairy-free cream cheese and vegan butter.
- Swap out the Boursin: Another viral version of this easy pasta recipe uses a block of feta cheese.
- Top it off: With sun-dried tomatoes, lemon zest, or dry-roasted pine nuts.
- Switch up the pasta: You can also use short-cut pasta like penne or bowtie.
Don’t be surprised if you don’t wind up with leftovers. It’s that much of a crowd-pleaser. If you do, store the pasta in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for 3-5 days.
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More Easy Pasta Recipes
We have a few one-pot recipes that are great as easy weeknight dinners the whole family will love. Try this one pot creamy cajun chicken pasta, one pot lemon chicken asparagus pasta, or creamy one pot buffalo chicken pasta.
If you want a pasta recipe that you can throw in the crockpot, try this slow cooker braised short rib pasta.
Boursin Cheese Pasta
- 2 (8-ounce) packages Boursin cheese store-bought or homemade (Note 1)
- 2 pints cherry tomatoes (Note 2)
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes more or less to desired spice level
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 16 ounces long cut pasta gluten-free if needed (Note 3)
- 1 cup pasta cooking water optional
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese for topping
- Fresh herbs like basil and oregano for topping
- Casserole Dish
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the cherry tomatoes and in a large dish, like a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with the minced garlic, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and slat. Toss quickly with a spoon or your hands to coat the tomatoes.
- Unwrap the Boursin cheese, or scoop it out if using homemade, and place it in the center of thee dish on top of the tomatoes. Bake in the preheat oven for 35 minutes, until the tomatoes are bursting and the Boursin cheese is soft.
- While it’s baking, prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of thee cooking water before draining the pasta and set it aside.
- When the tomatoes and cheese are done, carefully remove it from the oven and use a wooden spoon or whisk to mix the cheese with the roasted tomatoes. You may need to push the tomatoes down with the back of the spoon to help them burst and release their juices into the sauce. The sauce should be thick and creamy.
- Transfer the cooked pasta into the creamy sauce and toss to cook. Add up to 1 cup of the pasta water to thin the sauce out as needed. Top with fresh basil and more red pepper flakes if desired.