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The Best Pasta Chips - (Air fryer & Oven Instructions 🎥)

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These are the best pasta chips recipe we’ve ever had with their perfect blend of flavors and crunch. Satisfying for any salty, crunchy craving, these are perfectly dippable and kids love them! One bite and you will understand why pasta chips have taken the world by storm!

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What are Pasta Chips? 

Pasta chips use cooked pasta noodles as chips. Yeah, it’s really that simple!

The “chips” have a crispy outside and a tender inside. And when we make them, they also have some added flavor from garlic powder and Italian seasonings. 

Also, our pasta chips are the perfect snack or side for some of your favorite Italian sauces or dishes. When we make them, they really don’t last long in the house. 

Why should I use the Air Fryer for Pasta Chips

If you don’t have an air fryer, we highly recommend getting one for pasta chips. The air fryer crisps up the outside of the chips nicely in a way that the oven can’t. It is the closest thing to deep frying you can get without actually deep frying.

Are Pasta chips worth the hype?

We certainly think so! They have a crispy on the outside and tender on the inside texture that combines great with some salt and a bit of seasoning. When we make them, we often like to serve them alongside Italian style pastas so we can dip them in the sauce in place of bread. 

You can also serve them as snack to your hungry kids. Or you can always make them for yourself, the choice is yours!

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🥘What are the ingredients to make the best Pasta Chips?

In order to make the best pasta chips, you’ll want to have the following ingredients:

  • Rigatoni noodles - You could use a similar shape and sized pasta if you don’t have rigatoni noodles.
  • Water- to boil the pasta
  • Salt - You can use as much or as little as you like.
  • Seasonings - You’ll want both garlic powder and Italian seasonings.
  • Olive oil - You could use another light tasting oil.
  • parmesan cheese - You can use canned or freshly grated. Freshly grated has better flavor.

🔪How to make Pasta Chips in Air Fryer   

Here’s how to make pasta chips in the air fryer.

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  • First, add 3 cups of water, sea salt, and rigatoni to the Instant Pot and stir gently before placing the lid on top. Next, set the vent knob to the sealing position and pressure cook the pasta on high for 3 minutes.
  • When the cooking cycle is complete, quick release pressure immediately.
  • Next, carefully pour the cooked pasta into a colander.

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  • As the pasta drains, preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Next, toss the pasta with olive oil, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  • When combined, add the pasta noodles to your air fryer rack or basket in a single layer.
  • Finally, air fry for 8 to 10 minutes, shaking at 4 minute intervals, or until they become golden brown. 

🔪How to bake Pasta Chips in an Oven

  • Though we prefer to use the air fryer, you can use your oven instead. When using the oven, first prepare the pasta using either your Instant Pot or stovetop. 
  • As the pasta cooks, preheat your oven to 375°F. 
  • When the pasta is ready, spread it in a single layer on a baking sheet or pan.
  • Finally, bake for about 20 minutes or until they’re deep-golden brown

💭Pro tips and tricks

When you make pasta chips, follow these easy tips and tricks for best results:

  • When cooking the pasta, don’t overcook it. You want it to be al dente not mushy.
  • Don’t crowd the air fryer and cook in batches if needed.
  • For the best texture, break out your air fryer.

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📖What type of pasta is best for Pasta Chips?

We use rigatoni because it has a nearly perfect shape for “chips” and also a good thickness to the noodle. If you use a noodle that is too thin, it will dry out and harden in the air fryer.

If you don’t have rigatoni, penne can work too. You may find that even a thicker cut lasagna noodle, broken into pieces, will work fine for the recipe too, but you may have to adjust the cook time slightly.

📖What seasonings can I use?

You can use the following

  • Pizza
  • Ranch
  • Garlic Lover
  • Lemon Pepper Dill
  • Spicy Fajita

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Are Pasta Chips Vegan?

Most pastas use only flour and water, which means they are vegan naturally. When we make the chips, we use olive oil, but we also add parmesan cheese, so they are vegetarian, not vegan. 

It is super easy to make them vegan! All you need to do is either omit the parmesan cheese or use a vegan substitute. 

Can I use gluten free pasta?

You could use gluten free pasta, but you may need to adjust cooking times slightly to avoid them becoming too mushy when you cook the pasta. If you have a gluten allergy, this could be a good alternative for you.

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What dips go well with Pasta Chips?

Our pasta chips have an Italian flavor to them which makes them go great with Italian sauces such as:

If you use southwestern seasonings instead of Italian, you may also like using taco sauce, guacamole, or salsa as a dip. Or if you make them with a more neutral flavor, any dip you might use for potato chips will work great too, like sriracha aioli.

Can you make these without Parmesan

Yes, you can make them without parmesan if you want to make them vegan or just want to skip the cheese. We do find the cheese gives them a bit more crunch and texture, but you can skip it if you prefer.

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How do I serve Pasta Chips

Pasta chips make a great appetizer, snack, or side dish. We often serve them with a side of marinara sauce or pesto sauce, but you can use your favorites.

When you serve it alongside other Italian dishes, they make a great way to scoop up extra sauce and cheese, so they can replace bread or rolls at dinner if you like.

If you love air fried foods, make sure you also try some of our other favorites:

Let us know what you think

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Crispy Pasta Chips Recipe

These are the best pasta chips recipe we’ve ever had with their perfect blend of flavors and crunch. Satisfying for any salty, crunchy craving, these are perfectly dippable and kids love them!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rigatoni noodles,
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil,
  • 1 Italian seasoning teaspoon
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

How to make Pasta Chips in Air Fryer

  • First, add 3 cups of water, sea salt, and rigatoni to the Instant Pot and stir gently before placing the lid on top. Next, set the vent knob to the sealing position and pressure cook the pasta on high for 3 minutes.
  • When the cooking cycle is complete, quick release pressure immediately.
  • Next, carefully pour the cooked pasta into a colander.
  • As the pasta drains, preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
  • Next, toss the pasta with olive oil, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  • When combined, add the pasta noodles to your air fryer rack or basket in a single layer.
  • Finally, air fry for 8 to 10 minutes, shaking at 4 minute intervals, or until they become golden brown.


How to bake Pasta Chips in the Oven

  • Though we prefer to use the air fryer, you can use your oven instead. When using the oven, first prepare the pasta using either your Instant Pot or stovetop. 
  • As the pasta cooks, preheat your oven to 375°F. 
  • When the pasta is ready, spread it in a single layer on a baking sheet or pan.
  • Finally, bake for about 20 minutes or until they’re deep-golden brown

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Sarah James

Friday 8th of April 2022

Your pasta chips look delicious and so crispy. Love the idea of seasoning with garlic and herbs.

Kechi

Friday 8th of April 2022

I love pasta chips, and am definitely trying this recipe. It looks perfect and flavorful; YUM!

Beth

Friday 8th of April 2022

I've been meaning to try making pasta chips, but I never got around to it. This recipe looks easy and delicious. I think I'll make this my maiden voyage!

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