This Recipe includes
|Any short-cut pasta like penne, rotini, farfelle, etc.)|
|Fresh or baby spinach|
|(Optional) Shredded cheese, eg. gruyere, emmental, parmesan, etc.|
Spices, herbs and flavoring ingredients:
|Onion powder or shallot flakes|
|Salt and pepper|
Why we love it
Boursin pasta may seem like a new phenomenon after its recent popularity on Tiktok and other social media, but for French home-cooks looking for a quick dish to put together for dinner, it has been a staple.
French boursin cheese is a creamy, herby, and flavorful spread that works in so many recipes when you are in a pinch. It is a bit like a herbed cream cheese, except a bit more crumbly in texture.
It was created in 1957 by François Boursin, a cheese maker from Normandy who blended fromage frais (“fresh cheese”) with his own blend of herbs and spices to make a French cheese like no other.
With the herbs and garlic already integrated, his boursin cheese became popular not only as a spread for the ubiquitous baguette, but also as a sort of ready-made ingredient that could quickly be added into any dish.
And boursin pasta is a prime example of this. With a light touch of sweet with cherry tomatoes, the healthy goodness of baby spinach, and some hearty pasta, you have a dish that comes together quickly for that easy weeknight meal, with enough leftovers for lunch the next day.
Now you can add even more veggies to it such as red onion or peas to it if you like, this is a recipe that it easy to adapt. And for an even cheesier flavor, don’t hesitate to add some gruyère, emmental or even parmesan.
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What to serve with it?
If you are looking for an appetizer to serve with this boursin pasta with roasted potatoes, consider a foie gras starter or these eggs mimosa.
You can also serve it with a simple salad, or these smoked salmon canapés.
What drinks to serve with it?
The boursin pasta and tomatoes have a strong flavor, so I recommend pairing them with light rosé such as one from Provence or Languedoc-Roussillon.
If you don’t like rosé wines, try a white wine from the Loire or a white wine from Entre-Deux-Mers Bordeaux.
How to store it?
This boursin pasta with roasted tomatoes can easily be prepared in advance, but I wouldn’t recommend keeping it more than 24 hours. The cheesy sauce will dry out, and it won’t taste as good as it would fresh.
I would recommend letting it cool, and then place in an airtight glass container to keep overnight.
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Boursin pasta with roasted tomatoes
A roasted tomato pasta with boursin cheese sauce that is a delicious and hearty.
- 400g (0.9lb) of any type of short cut pasta (penne, farfelle, rotini, etc.)
- 1 cup of fresh baby spinach
- 10-12 cherry tomatoes
- 5oz of boursin cheese (1 packet)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- pinch of salt and pepper
- pinch of parsley
- (Optional) 3/4 cup of shredded cheese (gruyere, emmental, etc.)
- In a large pot on the stove, cook the pasta according to package instructions.
- Wash the baby spinach and the cherry tomatoes, and chop the cherry tomatoes in half.
- Add the olive oil, parsley, onion powder, salt, and pepper into the bowl with the cherry tomatoes and mix so that the tomatoes are evenly covered.
- Preheat a frying pan on the stove at medium heat.
- Place the cherry tomato halves face down on a lightly oiled pan and let them cook for 8-10 minutes until they look lightly cooked.
- Once the pasta has finished cooking, drain half the water from the pasta and place back on the stovetop.
- Reduce to a low temperature on the stovetop and stir in the spinach, and cherry tomatoes for 5 minutes.
- Turn the stove off and immediately add the boursin cheese into the pasta dish while it is warm.
- Stir in the cheese with a wooden spoon till the it melts and covers the pasta.
- Serve while warm with the optional shredded cheese.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 398mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g
Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for entertainment purposes only.
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