Pasta Chips (Air Fryer or Oven!)

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These Pasta Chips will totally revolutionize your family’s snack time! They’re a super interesting, super tasty snack with a recipe so easy you could make it in your sleep. Tossed in parmesan, red pepper flakes, and Italian herbs, these air fryer pasta chips are crispy, crunchy, and perfect for munching!

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Pasta Chips

This viral TikTok trend had people flocking to their kitchens to get a taste.

With a satisfying crunch as soon as you bite down, it’s a new and improved way to eat your favorite noodles — homemade, too!

Pastas seem like the most plain, normal ingredients out there. But that’s not the case! 

You can be really creative and make something new and exciting almost every day with them. 

Bulky and spicy buffalo chicken salad, seasonal pumpkin-flavored noodles, or some layered with tender steak, you’re only limited by your imagination!

air fryer pasta chips ingredients

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Noodles – A smaller pasta is preferred. It’s easiest to keep small noodles in a single layer and they cook faster! 
  • Italian Seasoning – Thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, the works! If you like one or two of these more than the others, then use any combination you prefer.

    The only rule is to steer away from fresh herbs. 
  • Red Pepper Flakes – For this pasta chips recipe, you’ll basically be biting right into these spicy flakes! So if this spice is too hot for you, feel free to omit it. 
  • Grated Parmesan – Usually I say to never use the pre-grated stuff. However, the meltability of the cheese isn’t the be-all-end-all for air fryer pasta chips!

    So if that’s all you have, or that’s what’s on sale, then go for it.
cooked pasta, olive oil and seasoning in a bowl

Tips and Tricks for Tasty, Crunchy Chips

  • Making these healthier than regular chips.

One of the biggest benefits of cooking with an air fryer is that you only need a teeny tiny bit of oil to get a really crispy, crunchy result. 

Whole wheat pastas are a very healthy option. Not only are they lower in calories, but they also have a nice amount of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It also has protein!

  • Some other seasonings to try!

You know what makes homemade better than a storebought chip? You get to customize from start to finish — including the seasonings!

I stick to a regular Italian palate with my pasta chips recipe, but that’s not the only option.

For example, a dash of paprika adds a really wonderful, sweet and smoky flavor!

There are some other cheeses that are great on a chip too.

Pecorino romano, gruyere, and gouda all grate really easily and will coat your crunchy noodles easily and deliciously!

  • What is the best way to serve them?

You can eat these by the handful all on their own, but I personally think it’s all about the dip!

A simple marinara is fool-proof, for sure, and a smooth, creamy game day hummus will be enough to fill your stomach to the brim! 

Sometimes I keep it easy with cool sour cream, or do the exact opposite and make it really fancy with lasagna dip or guacamole!  

pasta in air fryer basket

Storing Air Fryer Pasta Chips

Keep the leftovers at room temperature for two days, away from any warm areas of your kitchen and areas that receive direct sunlight.

Note that they might soften as the days pass, so I’d really recommend eating them fresh.

If you’ll want them later in the week, then just make a bunch of the pasta to air fry later on! 

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Air Fryer – Different brands and sizes may require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons – You may be tempted to eyeball the amounts, but I recommend using the proper tools so it comes out just right.
fried pasta chips in air fryer basket

Pasta Chips Recipe FAQ

Can you cook raw pasta in an air fryer?

Yes, you can! That’s definitely one way to get extremely crisp pasta chips.

However, the noodles won’t take on or absorb the flavors very well. It’s the soft, springy surface of cooked noodles that the seasonings really adhere to. 

So if you make this recipe with raw, dry noodles, expect less flavor.

How do you make pasta chips in the oven?

Pasta chips oven style aren’t as crispy, but still very tasty! 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the pasta out in a single layer — same as you would in the fryer. 

Also just like in the fryer, preheat to 400°F. It’ll take a little longer to bake — 15 to 20 minutes — until golden brown. And then they’re done!

What’s the best type of pasta to use for pasta chips?

I personally like to use farfalle or mini lasagna! Both are very “chip-like” in their shape, easy to scoop up sauce with, and easy to cook. 

The rule of thumb is to use a short pasta. Even tubed is fine! I’ve seen them made with penne, rotini, and even macaroni.

air fryer pasta chips on a plate with bowl of lasagna dip

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closeup of air fryer pasta chips

Pasta Chips (Air Fryer or Oven!)

Donna Elick
Crunchy Pasta Chips take just 30 minutes to make! Dip these quick air fryer pasta chips in sour cream, guac, hummus — all of your favorites!
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer, Oven
Servings 4

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 8 ounces small pasta, such as farfalle, or mini lasagna
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

Instructions: (Air Fryer)

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta with olive oil, italian seasoning, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, and grated parmesan cheese. Make sure all the pasta is evenly coated.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  • Place the seasoned pasta in the air fryer basket in a single layer. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Air fry the pasta chips for 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking. The chips should be crispy and golden brown.
  • Remove the pasta chips from the air fryer and let them cook slightly before serving.

Instructions: (Oven)

  • Follow steps 1 and 2 from the air fryer instructions above.
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the seasoned pasta in a single layer.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the pasta chips are crispy and golden brown.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the chips cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

Feel free to customize the seasoning based on your preferences. Add a pinch of smoked paprika, dried herbs, or even a different type of grated cheese for extra flavor.
Serve the chips as a snack on their own or with your favorite dip, such as marinara sauce, hummus, sour cream, onion dip or even Lasagna Dip!
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Note that they may soften slightly.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 318cal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 50mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Pasta Chips (Air Fryer or Oven)

Originally published November 2023

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