This easy one pot boursin pasta is the perfect weeknight dinner!
This vegetarian pasta dish comes together in just 20 minutes and is so creamy.
I love whipping this up during the week as it’s the perfect comfort food!
Like my one pot veggie pasta, this boursin cheese pasta is another simple and quick recipe that can be made in a flash. Plus less dishes is always a win for me!
This one pot pasta is easy to customize to your liking and I’ve got a few substitution ideas to help you!
Why you’ll love this one pot boursin pasta!
- It takes just 20 minutes to make this recipe, perfect for weeknights and busy evenings!
- This meatless meal is amazing for vegetarians, but I’ve got a few ideas on how you can add more protein if you do eat meat.
- You don’t need any fancy equipment – just one pan!
- This 20 minute pasta dish makes enough for 2-3 people, but you can easily double the recipe if you’ve got company coming or you want to meal prep.
Dried Rigatoni: I used rigatoni pasta here, but feel free to use another pasta shape like macaroni, rotini or penne.
Boursin Fine Herbs & Garlic Cheese: If you’ve never had Boursin before, it’s a very mild soft cheese. I prefer to use the herbs and garlic flavor, but you could swap that out for the shallot & chive flavor which would be delicious!
Frozen Peas: Not a fan of peas? Swap them out for 1-2 cups of chopped spinach, cooked broccoli or even tomatoes.
Lemon: Zest and juice of a lemon bring a nice brightness to this recipe.
Parmesan cheese: Pairs perfectly with the Boursin cheese.
Seasonings: Chili flakes, salt and pepper do the trick!
Step by step process
Step 1: Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Once boiling, add in the pasta and cook according to package directions. Scoop out 1 cup of pasta water and set aside. Drain the pasta.
Step 2: Add the pasta back to the pot and set over low heat.
Step 3: Add in the Boursin cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, chili flakes, ground pepper, frozen peas and shredded parmesan.
Step 4: Stir and slowly add in ¼ cup of pasta water. Keep stirring so it creates a sauce that starts to cling to the noodles.
Step 5: Taste and adjust the seasoning. Make sure the peas are completely warmed through! If not, continue stirring over low heat.
Step 6: If you want the sauce to be creamier, add in an additional ¼ cup of pasta water.
Step 7: Serve and top with more lemon zest, chili flakes and parmesan cheese!
One Pot Boursin Pasta
Make this One Pot Boursin Pasta in 20 minutes! Prepared all in one pot, it's a bright & fresh vegetarian pasta perfect for weeknight dinner.
- 200-250 dry rigatoni (or other pasta shape)
- 1 (5.2 ounce/150g) package Boursin Fine Herbs & Garlic cheese
- zest from 1 lemon plus more for garnish
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp chili flakes
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Garnish with lemon zest, chili flakes, parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water and then drain the pasta.
Add the drained pasta back to the pot and set over low heat on the oven.
Immediately add in the Boursin cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, chili flakes, ground pepper, frozen peas and shredded parmesan cheese.
Start stirring together and gradually add in ¼ cup pasta water; keep stirring to create a creamy sauce that clings to the noodles.
Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Make sure the peas are warmed through - if not keep on low heat and stir occasionally until they are.
Lastly, if you want a creamier sauce, add in an additional ¼ cup pasta water. (I generally use ½ cup pasta water total).
Enjoy immediately topped with more lemon zest, chili flakes and parmesan cheese if desired.
- When adding the pasta water, add ¼ cup to start. Then if you want to make the pasta creamier, add another ¼ cup and stir over low heat until the desired creamy consistency is reached.
- If you don’t like peas, other delicious add-ins include 1-2 cups chopped spinach; cooked broccoli; or even tomatoes.
- If you want to add protein, try cooked chicken, shrimp or even crumbled sausage.
- Want to play around with flavours? The Shallot & Chive Boursin Cheese would be a delicious substitute.
- If you forget to reserve the pasta water, you can use vegetable or chicken stock or hot water
What is Boursin cheese?
Boursin cheese is a soft cheese with a very mild taste. I love using the herbs and garlic flavor for this dish!
Can I make this dairy-free?
Yup! There is now a dairy free plant based herb & garlic Boursin cheese you can use if you’re dairy-free.
Can I add meat to this dish?
Yes! Feel free to add cooked chicken, shrimp or crumbled sausage if you want to up the protein!
- When adding the pasta water, only add about ¼ cup to start. If you add it all at once you’ll end up with quite a watery sauce! Add the first ¼ cup, stir, then if it isn’t creamy enough for you slowly add the remaining pasta water until it is the desired consistency.
- Not a fan of peas? Swap them out for 1-2 cups of chopped spinach, broccoli or tomatoes!
- Taste the sauce once you’ve added in the pasta water and adjust the seasoning. You may need to add more salt, pepper, chili flakes or lemon juice.
- Forgot to reserve your pasta water? It happens to the best of us! Use vegetable stock, chicken stock or just hot water if you drained all of the pasta water by mistake.
Store the cooked Boursin pasta in an airtight container for up to 2 days, though I do recommend eating it fresh! You can reheat in the microwave or in a pot on the stove over low heat until heated through.
More delicious one pot pasta recipes to love from the blog:
One Pot Sausage and Tomato Pasta
Until the next cooking adventure,
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