Crispy Pasta Chips

published Oct 29, 2021
Pasta Chips Recipe

Crab rangoon dip makes these pasta chips live up to the viral TikTok trend hype.

Serves6

Prep8 minutes

Cook25 minutes to 35 minutes

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bowtie pasta chips on a plate with a side of marinara and ricotta cheese
Credit: Perry Santanachote

Pasta chips are the TikTok food trend du jour, in large part due to the popularity of the air fryer. But you can still get on the pasta chip train if you don’t own an air fryer. By using your oven, you can cook the entire batch in one go instead of in batches in a smaller air fryer. The pasta chips might not get quite as crispy and the centers might be a little chewy, but some people actually prefer this textural contrast.

What Are Pasta Chips Made Of?

Pasta chips are made of pasta noodles that are boiled, coated in oil and seasonings, then crisped up in an oven or air fryer. For gluten-free pasta chips, just use gluten-free pasta.

Best Type of Pasta for Pasta Chips

You’ll want to use a short pasta — something you can easily grab and dip with, like a chip — and avoid any pasta that would normally require twirling to eat. Any of the following types work great:

Credit: Perry Santanachote

Dips to Serve with Pasta Chips

Basically any dip would work well with pasta chips, as they’re quite sturdy and can be flavored to match any accompaniments. Here are some ideas.

Pasta Chips Recipe

Crab rangoon dip makes these pasta chips live up to the viral TikTok trend hype.

Prep time 8 minutes

Cook time 25 minutes to 35 minutes

Serves 6

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

For the pasta chips:

  • 8 ounces

    dried farfalle pasta

  • 1 ounce

    finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup)

  • 3 tablespoons

    neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed

  • 1 teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon

    red pepper flakes

  • Cooking spray

For the crab rangoon dip (optional):

  • 1

    small scallion

  • 4 ounces

    whipped cream cheese

  • 4 ounces

    lump crab meat, drained

  • 1/8 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup

    Thai sweet chili sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add 8 ounces farfalle pasta and cook according to package instructions until tender. Meanwhile, arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. (Alternatively, heat an air fryer to 350°F.) Finely grate 1 ounce Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup).

  2. When the pasta is ready, drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add 3 tablespoons neutral oil and toss to coat. Add the cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and toss to coat.

  3. If using the oven, coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray, then add the pasta and arrange in a single layer so that the noodles aren’t touching. If using the air fryer, coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray and, working in batches if needed, add the pasta and arrange in a single layer so that the noodles aren’t touching.

  4. Bake until crisp and golden, 18 to 25 minutes or air fry for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

Make the crab rangoon dip:

  1. Mince 1 small scallion and place in a medium bowl. Add 4 ounces whipped cream cheese, 4 ounces drained lump crab meat, 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and stir until combined.

  2. Serve with pasta chips with crab rangoon dip alongside 1/4 cup of Thai sweet chili sauce, if using.

Recipe Notes

Variations:
—For pasta chips with marinara sauce, substitute the garlic powder and red pepper flakes with 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning and 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
—For pasta chips with smoked salmon cream cheese dip, substitute the garlic powder and red pepper flakes with 2 teaspoons everything bagel seasoning.