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Creamy One Pot Mushroom and Leek Pasta

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This Creamy One Pot Mushroom and Leek Pasta is an incredibly quick and easy dinner idea for busy weeknights. Full of fragrant leeks, juicy mushrooms and creamy Boursin cheese for a delicious meal that will satisfy the whole family!

creamy boursin cheese melted into the pasta mixture

Years ago, I was turned onto Boursin cheese. I didn’t know what it was. I would see it at grocery stores but I thought it was party cheese and didn’t think you could actually cook with it, let alone make something incredible with it.

This creamy one pot mushroom and leek pasta is Boursin cheese’s testament to how incredible the cheese is. It is so creamy and luxurious and simply heavenly. Forget Boursin & crackers! Melt it and add it into your pastas, chicken, everything!

up close image of spiral pasta with creamy boursin cheese throughout

Why You’ll Love It

One pot wonder. This is all made in one pot so not only does it help save on the dishes, it is convenient. Yes, the even the pasta is cooked in the same pot. It’s pretty brilliant, if you ask me!

Introduces you to lovely leeks. Leeks are underrated and not used nearly enough. They’re a lot more mild than onions in flavor but they give a subtle onion flavor to the dish. Just enough to go well with the flavors.

Creamy, rich, and perfectly balanced. The creamy richness of the Boursin cheese along with the mushrooms and leeks make this a perfectly balanced dish.

ingredients for mushroom and leek pasta: pasta, garlic, onion, chicken broth, mushrooms, leek, boursin cheese

What You’ll Need

For exact measurements, scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe card.

  • Leeks – an essential part of this Creamy One Pot Mushroom and Leek Pasta! They provide a sweet and subtle onion flavor, which perfectly balances out the savory notes of the Boursin cheese. Plus, their texture is so unique – they have a slight crunch that adds texture to this dish and makes it even more enjoyable. Leeks add a subtle flavor to this dish without overpowering any of the other ingredients, which helps to make it truly delicious.
  • Onions – while I know we have the leeks in here to give it a subtle onion flavor, I added onion in this too because I also like the sweetness onions bring.
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms – one of the stars of this recipe. Not only do they provide an earthy and umami flavor, but their spongy texture also holds up well when cooked in one pot.
  • Pasta – I used a Trader Joe’s telephone cord style pasta but you can use orzo, rotini, or even mezze rigatoni.
  • Chicken broth – store-bought or if you’re ambitious, homemade is amazing!
  • Boursin cheese – the perfect addition! Its creamy texture and savory garlic, herb and chive flavor work wonderfully with the earthy mushrooms and leeks. Boursin adds a delicious hint of richness that complements all the other flavors in this dish perfectly. Plus, it helps to thicken the sauce and give it a creamy consistency without having to add cream or butter.

Pro tip: how to prep leeks for cooking

sliced leeks in a large clear bowl of water

Leeks hold a lot of dirt so the best way to clean leeks is to cut off the two ends then slice the leek in half lengthwise then thinly slice them. Put them in a large bowl of cold water and use your hands to give them a good shake. The dirt will fall right to the bottom of the bowl. I like to do this two to three times.

How to make mushroom and leek pasta

For detailed step-by-step instructions, scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe card.

Cook the leeks. In a large pot, heat up olive oil over medium high heat then add leeks and garlic. Cook until slightly softened and fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Add the mushrooms. Add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook for about two minutes.

Cook the pasta. Add the pasta to the skillet then pour in the chicken broth.

Add the cheese. Once the pasta has completely cooked through, remove the pot from the heat and add the Boursin cheese. The residual heat will melt the cheese into a creamy, velvety consistency. Stir to make sure everything is coated in this.

creamy mushroom and leek pasta in a beige ceramic bowl next to another bowl with the same pasta in it

Common questions

Which type of Boursin cheese can I use? You can use any of their flavors! For this recipe specifically, I used their garlic and fine herbs flavor. They also these flavors that would work well in this recipe: shallot and chive, cracked black pepper, caramelized onion and herb, and basil and chive!

What if I can’t find Boursin cheese? You can substitute with cream cheese but the flavor, sadly, just isn’t the same.

Storage instructions

This will keep in an airtight container for up to five days in the refrigerator. To reheat, you can reheat on the stovetop or microwave. With both methods, add a little bit of water or chicken broth to thin it out because it will thicken up a lot in the fridge.

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up close image of spiral pasta with creamy boursin cheese throughout

Creamy One Pot Mushroom and Leek Pasta

This leek and mushroom orzo dish is incredibly creamy and irresistible thanks to Boursin cheese! You will LOVE it and it comes together in 30 minutes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced leeks
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 ½ cups dried spiral pasta
  • 3 cups chicken broth, more if needed
  • 1 Boursin cheese round, I used the garlic and fine herbs flavor
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat up olive oil. Once oil is heated, add leeks, onion, and garlic to the skillet. Cook until leeks have softened and are a bit translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Next, add the mushrooms and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the pasta and toast, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes.
  • Pour the chicken broth into the skillet and stir. Bring mixture to a boil then lower heat to medium low and let it gently simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until pasta is completely cooked through. You will want to stir the mixture occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of your skillet. If more liquid is needed, add more chicken broth to the pot.
  • Once pasta is done, remove from heat then stir in the Boursin cheese and season dish with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve warm!

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NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 239 kcal | Carbohydrates: 35 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g | Cholesterol: 4 mg | Sodium: 664 mg | Potassium: 258 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 4 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pasta recipe, one pot pasta, quick and easy
Recipe Rating




Judith

Thursday 13th of February 2020

I didn't have Boursin, but used some Philadelphia with garlic and herbs that was lurking in the fridge. This recipe was amazing and got 5 stars from my very picky son.

Chloe

Monday 12th of August 2019

This is a great base recipe that you can make adjustments to depending on what you have on hand. I didn't have any boursin but I did have some leftover soft blue cheese that needed using up and put that in instead (reduced amount from boursin because blue cheese is obviously a much stronger flavour) and switched chicken stock to vegetable (again, what I had in the fridge, not that I am vegetarian) and it was delicious!

I think it would also work well with ricotta and with lemon juice squeezed over. More experiments to come!

Julie Wampler

Thursday 15th of August 2019

glad you were able to make adjustments and enjoyed this!

Ana Luzio

Thursday 21st of February 2019

This was so easy to make and the combination of flavors was incredible!! Will be making this a staple side dish at my house.

Julie Wampler

Friday 22nd of February 2019

So glad to hear this!

Michelle Doherty

Saturday 29th of December 2018

Oh my god. Nom. This looks super delicious. Will be making asap. Love orzo and leeks!

Julie Wampler

Monday 31st of December 2018

This is a popular one! Enjoy!

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Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

Food Network could easily be in your future . Oh my gosh that was so good! You didn’t miss beat. That is a lovely dish! Can’t wait to try it !!!:)

Julie

Wednesday 24th of January 2018

Aww thank you!!!