Lemon Garlic Confit Pasta

This creamy lemon garlic pasta is the ultimate comfort dinner!

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This creamy lemon garlic confit pasta is just what you need to make on a chilly winter night! The tangy lemon, and fragrant garlic will also make your kitchen smell soo nice. You don’t need much for this recipe, which is the beauty of it! Give yourself at least 2.5 hours to bake your garlic though, so prep ahead! When baking your garlic, I recommend putting lemon rind in there with it so the flavors really blend. I baked it in a mini cocotte by Le Creuset – these are my favorites and perfect for small baking needs. Once the garlic is baked, you’ll put into a food processor with some butter and more lemon until it’s nice and smooth! I used Alessi gnocchi for this pasta dish, which is such a delish and dense pasta, but you can use your pasta of choice. You’ll transfer the pasta to a skillet and add your garlic confit to the pan. I also added some cream to this, which helps mix up the confit and makes this so creamy and tasty! If you enjoyed this pasta dish, check out some of my other recipes here and enjoy!!

Lemon Garlic Confit Pasta

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The confit (makes enough to also have extra in the fridge)

  • 1 head of garlic
  • Stick and a half of butter softened
  • A few pieces of lemon rind
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • Juice of half a lemon and more to taste
  • Alessi Sea salt
  • Alessi Pepper

The Rest:

  • 1 box of Alessi gnocchi
  • 1/2 cup pasta water you might not need 1/2 but better to have more as you build your sauce
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • A few sprigs of sage optional


  • Step 1: Preheat oven to 250. Peel garlic and add to a ramekin along with lemon rind and enough oil to cover the garlic. Bake for about 2 1/2 hours
  • Step 2: When it’s done, remove from oil and add to a food processor with butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, sea salt and pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Step 3: Meanwhile, heat a salted pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook the gnocchi for only 2 min or so (less than the full amount since it will go back on the stovetop). Reserve pasta water.
  • Step 4: Transfer pasta to a large skillet and add 3 tbsp dollops of the confit butter. Add in cream, followed by pasta water in increments. Cook on low heat until everything starts to get creamy. Add in parmesan cheese and more pasta water as needed.
  • Step 5: I decided to add some crispy sage on top by adding a little dollop of the confit butter to a skilled and adding some sage. Cook for about 2 -3 min then transfer to a paper towel lined plate. When cool enough to touch, roughly chop. Add to the top of the pasta along with more cheese. Enjoy!

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I’m Abigail, a creative director, home cook and content creator living in Brooklyn. I love making the easy stuff with a twist and yes, I eat a lot of toast. This is where I share my latest recipes, so please make yourself at home.