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Air Fryer Pasta Chips {Viral TikTok Recipe}

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These Air Fryer Pasta Chips are a TikTok sensation. Full of flavor, they are crunchy, spicy and a fun alternative to regular potato chips. 

It’s no surprise that I had to take a chance on making pasta chips in the air fryer. And just in time for the big game day. After giving them a try, I have to say this is a new favorite snack! And I’m thrilled they are a healthier choice than other snacks. 

air fryer pasta chips on a plate with marinara and feta dip

Don’t be fooled, these aren’t just for adults – your kids will love them too! And it’s an easy way to sneak in some extra nutrition, depending on the type of pasta you decide to go with. 

While these are an easy air fryer snack, they can also be served as a party appetizer. You can prepare them in larger batches depending on the size of your air fryer. Or make smaller portions if you just need a single serving. 

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In case you like trying trending recipes, I’ve created other TikTok dishes. These are my favorite recreations: Copycat Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supremes, Instant Pot Feta Tomato Pasta, Mini Pancake Cereal and Whipped Hot Chocolate. All of these are definitely worth giving a try! 

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TikTok Pasta Chip Ingredients 

farfalle (bowtie) pasta – use whole wheat for a healthier version

olive oil

grated parmesan

Italian seasoning

garlic powder

salt and black pepper

red chili flakes

How to Make Pasta Chips in the Air Fryer 

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water. Once the noodles are al dente, remove from heat, drain them and set aside. 

two image collage showing cooked noodles and seasoning being added

Coat the noodles with olive oil, Italian seasoning, parmesan, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Toss gently to coat evenly.

seasoned bow tie pasta being added to the air fryer basket

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F. 

Add the pasta in batches, being careful not to overload the basket, and cook for 12 to 15 minutes. Give the basket a good shake a couple of times throughout the cooking process. 

Transfer the pasta chips to a serving dish and allow them to cool slightly before eating. Repeat with remaining noodles.

Can You Make Pasta Chips Without an Air Fryer? 

Yes! You can bake the parmesan pasta chips on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 400 degrees F until they are crispy (about 15-20 minutes depending on the pasta you are using). The baked version will not be as crisp as the ones made in the air fryer. 

If you are into deep frying, you could try that option as well. 

The Best Pasta Chip Dip and Sauce Options

  • Whipped Feta Dip 
  • Ranch 
  • Marinara
  • Garlic and Herb dip
  • Cheese dip 
  • Alfredo sauce 
  • Pizza sauce

What’s The Best Shape Pasta To Use?

When choosing the pasta, consider the size of a potato chip. You want a noodle that is big enough to hold and dip, which is why we go with bow tie. Other good choices are penne, rigatoni, ziti, or rotini. 

If you need a gluten-free option, be sure to check out Banza pasta.

close up of air fried noodle chips

Pasta Chip Variations

Cinnamon & Sugar: Boil the pasta, drain, then coat with a little oil. Toss in a cinnamon-sugar blend that is similar to a churro. Serve with a chocolate or caramel sauce or a thin cream cheese icing.

Salt & Vinegar: Substitute the other seasonings for salt and a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to toss the cooked pasta in.

Buffalo: Combine Frank’s Red Hot sauce with a little ranch seasoning, then air fry to perfection.

Everything Bagel: Use this seasoning in place of the others and toss the cooked noodles with a little oil.

Can Noodle Chips Be Stored for Later? 

While air fried pasta chips are best eaten fresh, you can store them in an airtight container on the counter for 3-4 days. You can place them back in the basket to reheat for a couple of minutes if desired. 

Expert Tips for Making TikTok Bow Tie Pasta Chips

  • You want to make sure your pasta is cooked al dente or just a little beyond. If the noodles are really underdone and you air fry them, they’ll end up hard like eating raw pasta rather than crispy. 
  • Use parchment paper liners for easy cleanup or spray the air fryer basket with an oil mister
  • To make these ahead of time for a party, you can boil the pasta, then coat it lightly with oil so it doesn’t clump up. Keep it refrigerated until you are ready to make the pasta chips. Allow the noodles to come to room temperature before cooking them in the air fryer. 

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air fryer pasta chips on a plate with marinara and feta dip

Air Fryer Pasta Chips

These Air Fryer Pasta Chips are a TikTok sensation, crunchy, spicy, and a nice alternative to regular potato chips.
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Lori @ I Heart Air Frying

EQUIPMENT

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups dry farfalle (bowtie) pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta as directed on the package instructions, leaving the noodles slightly undercooked (they'll continue cooking in the air fryer or oven). Drain and set aside.
  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C.
  • While the air fryer is preheating, toss the cooked and drained pasta with olive oil, parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, red chili flakes, salt, and crushed black pepper. Gently toss to evenly coat the pasta.
  • Air fry in batches for 12-15 minutes or until golden and crispy, shaking the basket a couple times during the cooking process to ensure even cooking.
  • Remove from the air fryer and allow pasta chips to cool slightly before serving.

NOTES

  • Serve with  Whipped Feta Dip, marinara or your favorite dipping sauce.
  • Substitute bowtie pasta for other large pasta shapes like rigatoni, ziti, penne or rotini. Use whole wheat pasta for a healthier version.
  • Oven bake instructions: place the cooked & seasoned pasta on a parchment lined sheet pan. Bake at 400 degrees F until they are crispy (about 15-20 minutes depending on the pasta you are using).
  • Pasta chips are best eaten fresh but can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for 3-4 days.

Because every air fryer is different, we recommend checking your food at the halfway point and adjusting the cooking time if necessary.

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NUTRITION

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 783mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 268IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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