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Creamy Salmon Boursin Pasta in the Ninja Speedi

This Salmon Boursin Pasta recipe combines penne, salmon steaks and garlic and herb Boursin cheese in the Ninja Speedi air fryer into a rich, creamy pasta dish with spinach, butter, and parsley.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • MINIMAL PREP – Chop some parsley, then measure everything into the Ninja Speedi cooking pot.
  • ONE-POT MEAL – The pasta and salmon are both cooked in the Speedi, so you have only one pot to clean.
  • FAST – You can make this recipe easily in 30 minutes, fridge to table.
  • SIMPLE INGREDIENTS – No fancy or hard-to-find ingredients in this salmon and Boursin pasta. You may even have everything on hand!
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Tools You’ll Need to Make Salmon Boursin Pasta in an Air Fryer

I used the Ninja Speedi to make this recipe, but I’ve also made it in a Ninja Foodi using the BAKE/ROAST function. Check your air fryer/multi cooker to see if it has a similar function.

  • Ninja Speedi
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Cutting board & knife
  • Silicone spatula
  • Silicone tongs

Ingredients for Salmon Boursin Pasta

Below is the list of ingredients I used for this recipe, but check out the substitutions for more options.

Ingredients for Boursin salmon pasta, including salmon steaks, Boursin cheese, penne, chicken broth, heavy cream, butter and herbs

Ingredients List

  • Water
  • Heavy Cream
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh parsley
  • Marjoram
  • Garlic powder
  • Penne
  • Boursin cheese round
  • Butter
  • Salmon
  • Baby spinach

Substitutions

Heavy cream I like heavy cream because it makes the dish oh so creamy. But you could also use half-n-half, or even milk.

Penne I find that penne is the perfect pasta for the Ninja Speedi. It cooks up perfectly every time for me. But other pastas of similar shape and size would work also.

Boursin cheese I use the garlic and herb flavor, but Boursin makes other flavors, too. I haven’t tried them, so I can’t say how they would taste in this recipe, but give them a try. You may need to adjust or substitute the seasonings.

Salmon Salmon is my fish of choice, so that’s why I used it here. It complements the Boursin cheese nicely. Other fish would work too, and I think shrimp would be delicious in this recipe.

How to Make Salmon Boursin Pasta in the Ninja Speedi

Here are the general steps I followed to make this salmon and Boursin pasta dish. See the recipe card below for full instructions.

Herbs, penne and cheese are combined in the cookie pot for Salmon Boursin Pasta

Step 1 Add the water, heavy cream, lemon juice, herbs, and penne to the cooking pot and stir. Set the Boursin cheese round in the middle. Cook at 390° for 10 minutes.

Pats of herbed butter on top of salmon steaks for Salmon and Boursin Pasta recipe

Step 2 When the unit switches to air fry, add the spinach to the pasta. Place the salmon steaks on the rack in the upper position. Top with butter and fresh parsley. Continue cooking until done.

Penne, spinach, and Boursin cheese stirred together in the Ninja Speedi cooking pot

Step 3 When the unit shuts off, remove the tray of salmon and stir the melted Boursin cheese into the pasta. Add more spinach if you like.

Salmon and Boursin pasta served on a black platter

Step 4 Serve the pasta alongside the salmon steaks, or flake the salmon and mix into the pasta before serving.

FAQs About Making Salmon Boursin Pasta in the Ninja Speedi

Many people use the pressure function of the Foodi to cook pasta, but I prefer to use the SEAR/SAUTE function because it allows me to open the lid to stir the pasta and ensure that it doesn’t stick to the cooking pot. It’s like boiling it on the stove in a pan.

Add everything in Step 1 above, except the Boursin cheese, to the cooking pot and stir. Select SEAR/SAUTE and temperature setting 4. When the pasta is about half cooked, shut off the SEAR/SAUTE function. Add the Boursin cheese to the middle of the pasta and throw in the spinach. Place a rack in the elevated position in the pot and put the salmon on the rack. Top with butter and herbs.

Select the BAKE/ROAST function. Set the temperature to 390° and cook for about 10 minutes, depending on the size of the salmon steaks. When done, remove the salmon and stir the melted Boursin cheese into the pasta.

When I reheat leftovers of this recipe, I like to flake the salmon into the pasta beforehand. This helps more evenly warm the salmon without overcooking it.

Place leftovers in a pan on the stove. Add a few tablespoons of cream for each serving that you are reheating. Gently mix, trying not to break the pasta. Heat on low to medium heat, stirring frequently until heated through.

Recipe Card for Salmon Boursin Pasta in the Ninja Speedi

Salmon and Boursin pasta served on a black platter

Salmon Boursin Pasta

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

This Salmon Boursin Pasta recipe combines penne, salmon steaks and garlic and herb Boursin cheese into a creamy, pasta dish with spinach, butter, and parsley.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 oz penne
  • 1 Boursin cheese round
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 8 oz salmon steaks
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Add the water, heavy cream, lemon juice, parsley, marjoram, garlic powder, and penne to the Ninja Speedi cooking pot. Stir to evenly distribute the herbs.
  2. Place the Boursin cheese round in the middle of the penne. Make sure the water is covering the penne.
  3. Close the lid and set the SmartSwith to Rapid Cook. Slect SPEEDI MEALS and set the temperature to 390° and the time to 10 minutes. Press START.
  4. The unit will steam for about 7 minutes, then switch over to the air fryer function. When it switches to air fryer, open the lid, add the spinach, and give the pasta a stir.
  5. Place the crisping tray in the elevated position. Lay the salmon steaks on the crisping tray and top each with 1/2 Tbsp of butter. Close the lid to resume cooking.
  6. Keep an eye on the salmon. If they are less than 1" thick, they may not need the full 10 minutes to cook. Remove them when they are done.
  7. When the unit shuts off, remove the salmon from the tray using the silicone tongs. Remove the tray from the cooking pot. Stir the pasta to create a sauce with the cheese and remaining broth.
  8. Serve each salmon steak with 1/4 of the creamy pasta.

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Nutrition Information for this Salmon Boursin Pasta Recipe

Below is the approximate nutrition information for this Boursin salmon pasta recipe based on the ingredients listed above. If you made any adjustments to the recipe, your nutrition values may be different.

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