If you’ve ever had Boursin cheese, you probably love it as much as I do – it’s a beautifully garlicky cheese that’s simultaneously crumbly and creamy, and intensely flavourful. And since pretty much nothing can beat cheesy pasta, I decided to make baked Boursin pasta with spinach and mushrooms – all cooked in one pan!
This one is seriously irresistible.
You might have seen baked pasta recipes on TikTok, where all the ingredients – including the uncooked pasta! – are added to a baking dish, and cooked in one go. My own baked feta mac and cheese follows the same method, as does this baked Boursin pasta!
This time, the pasta is combined with fresh spinach and mushrooms, and topped with an entire round of Boursin cheese. Then, you just stick it in the oven until the pasta is cooked, and the cheese is crispy and golden brown.
Mix it all together to produce the most incredible creamy, cheesy, garlicky baked pasta you’ve ever had. It really couldn’t be easier!
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This baked Boursin pasta needs just six ingredients! So it can be whipped up in no time at all.
- It’s a one pot recipe, with everything (even the uncooked pasta) cooked together in just one baking dish – so you don’t even need to do much washing up afterwards.
- The flavour of the crispy baked Boursin is so unbelievably good!
- You can swap the spinach and mushrooms for whatever vegetables you like, as long as they will bake nicely with no pre-cooking.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe. You’ll also need a few cupboard staples, like salt and pepper. See the printable recipe card below for detailed ingredient quantities.
- Boursin cheese. There are different flavours available, especially in the last few years, but this recipe uses the original Garlic and Herb flavour. It’s my favourite by a long way!
- macaroni. You could try using other pasta shapes, but I find a small shape like macaroni works best, as it cooks more quickly than a larger type of pasta. Bigger pasta might struggle to cook well using this method.
- fresh spinach
Here’s how to make this recipe – see below for the printable recipe with detailed ingredients and instructions.
Step 1: Add the spinach and mushrooms to a baking dish.
Step 2: Add some minced garlic, and scatter the macaroni over the top. Pour over the milk, nestling the pasta down into the milk as best you can.
Step 3: Top with a whole round of Boursin cheese, and sprinkle with some black pepper.
Step 4: Bake until the Boursin is nice and crispy, and the pasta is cooked.
Step 5: Break up the Boursin, and mix everything together thoroughly to create a creamy, garlicky sauce.
💭 Recipe FAQs
Boursin is a French cream cheese, though its texture is a little more crumbly than a regular cream cheese. It’s flavoured with garlic and herbs, and it melts to create a smooth sauce. It’s also great spread on crackers or bread.
If you leave the uncooked pasta sitting in the milk for an extended period of time, it’s likely to end up going soggy. Therefore, I would recommend either waiting to assemble this dish until you’re ready to bake it, or cooking the recipe in its entirety, and then reheating when you’re ready to serve. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
The microwave is the best way to reheat pasta dishes, as it means they stay moist. You can also reheat in the oven if needed, but this may cause the dish to become a little dry.
Pasta bakes freeze really nicely – just transfer any leftovers to a freezer-safe container. Reheating works best if you allow the dish to thaw beforehand.
One Pot Baked Boursin Pasta
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- 1 large handful fresh spinach, roughly chopped
- 200 g (~ 7 oz) mushrooms, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 300 g (~ 2 cups) uncooked macaroni
- 650 ml (~ 2 ½ cups) milk
- 150 g (~ 5 oz) Boursin cheese (garlic and herb cream cheese)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
- Scatter the fresh spinach into a baking dish – mine measured approximately 8 x 8 inches, but slightly larger would also be fine. Top with the diced mushrooms, minced garlic, and the uncooked macaroni.
- Pour over the milk, using a fork to nestle the pasta down through the spinach, submerging it as much as possible. You can add an extra splash of water if needed, until the pasta is just about covered.
- Place the whole round of Boursin cheese on top, and sprinkle over some black pepper.
- Bake, uncovered, for around 45 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked to your liking. Halfway through cooking, you may need to poke the pasta down into the liquid again, to ensure it cooks fully. If the cheese starts to crisp up more than you like, cover the dish with a lid or some kitchen foil.
- When the cheese is crispy and the pasta is fully cooked, mix everything together thoroughly, and serve.
Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.