Every now and then, a food trend comes along that makes us wonder how we’ve ever gone without it all our lives. Deliciously crispy and savory air fryer pasta chips definitely fit into that category.
The simple recipe first started turning heads on TikTok with user Boston Foodgram describing it as the “perfect little snack for after work or for guests.” The video shows her boiling bowtie pasta as usual, then draining and mixing with olive oil, grated parmesan, garlic powder, and onion powder. She then places them in a single layer before popping it in the air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for seven minutes, giving them a flip after five minutes.
Her pasta came out golden brown, crispy, and perfect for dipping into sauce. After seeing the results — plus several others on the app who copied her steps and raved about it — I knew I needed to give it a try to see if it was worth the hype.
I also went with bowtie pasta (or farfalle, if you’re fancy), but any shape that looks like it’ll be good for dipping will do. I’m sure alternatives like chickpea pasta or whole wheat work great, too. You can follow the original recipe’s garlic and onion powder, or get creative with your own seasoning preferences. I sprinkled mine with my go-to Lawry’s garlic pepper (Buy at Walmart, $4.33) before mixing it together with some olive oil and grated parmesan.
Here’s how mine looked after letting it all heat up in my air fryer:
And here’s a close-up so you can see just how crispy the cheesy pasta got as it cooked:
I was kind of afraid the pasta would become tough after being boiled and air fried, especially in the middle. Thankfully, it was a lovely mixture of crispy on the edges and slightly chewy in the middle. Even when I ran out of marinara dip and ate it on its own, this was a super yummy snack that reminded me of more indulgent treats like fried ravioli — but a lot healthier without deep frying or adding a ton more cheese.
Give it a try yourself and I’m sure you’ll be just as hooked on crispy air fryer pasta chips, too!
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