The VIRAL Pasta Chips – As Seen On TikTok

August 8, 2021

Move over haters– whether you like it or not, pasta chips are here to STAY. These fun, crispy “chips” are arguably the most exciting way to eat pasta, and satisfy your snack cravings. I am obsessed with how fun and delicious these are, and I know you will be, too. After all, my pasta chips videos have received over 3 million views on Tik Tok alone… and have been featured in the New York Post, Mashed, HITC, and Well + Good. Oh yeah, they’re THAT good.

From baked feta pasta to pesto eggs, Tik Tok is the place to be to discover new food trends. I love using the platform to experiment with making crazy new food creations and trying out trends. It’s become such a fun way to get creative in the kitchen, and introduce my recipes to an entirely new audience.

However, I think it goes without saying that my favorite trend, by far, has been the pasta chips. My pasta chip recipes have all gone viral on Tik Tok, and for a good reason. These pasta chips are such a quick, easy, and delicious snack to make. And, not to mention, they’re super fun. If you’ve been on the fence about trying them, I say go for it. This recipe can be made a million different ways, and I know you’re going to love them as much as I do.

What Are Pasta Chips?

Pasta chips are exactly what they sound like — they’re pasta that is crisped up to be reminiscent of a chip! They’re nice and crunchy with a little bit of chewiness in the center, making it an explosion of flavors and textures in your mouth. They taste similar to the crunchier bits in a baked pasta dish, so if you love those, then you will absolutely love these pasta chips.

I make these pasta chips in an air fryer (see below for exact instructions), but you can also make them in an oven on on the stove! They are super easy and take very little time to make, making them the perfect quick, easy, healthy, and DELICIOUS snack.

Customize the Pasta to Your Liking

The best part about these VIRAL pasta chips is the fact that they are incredibly easy to customize! In my recipes, I use traditional bowtie pasta, but you can use whatever works for you. Gluten-free? Use a rice or chickpea based pasta. Craving cheese? Use ravioli or cheese tortellini instead! Pick a pasta, any pasta, and use it in this recipe. It’ll all turn out delicious in the end! 

Pick Your Seasonings

Just like how the type of pasta you use can vary, so can the different seasonings that you use! You can’t go wrong with seasoning these pasta chips with a little salt and pepper, but if you really want to get creative, I recommend seasoning them with Pesto, Buffalo Sauce, or even a little Cinnamon Sugar to make it taste like a Churro. I have recipes for all of these flavor combinations and more on my Tik Tok, and if you type “Pasta Chips” into the search bar, you’ll find hundreds of other flavor combinations as well.

In this post, I’ll be sharing my recipe for my Italian Pasta Chips, which was my first pasta chip recipe to go viral. These might just be my favorite variation of pasta chips out there, and are definitely a crowd-pleaser.

What You Need to Make These Italian Pasta Chips

  • Pasta: Like I mentioned above, you can use any pasta you’d like here! I use bowtie pasta. Just make sure it’s boiled first, before you throw it into the air fryer.
  • Olive Oil: A little olive oil will add some healthy fats into this recipe, and will help crisp up your pasta chips!
  • Italian Seasoning: After all, what would Italian Pasta Chips be without Italian seasoning?
  • Parmesan Cheese: I like to use freshly grated Parmesan for the best flavor, but you can also use a plant-based parmesan here!

How to Make These Italian Pasta Chips

  1. Start by boiling your pasta of choice until it’s al dente. Drain the water, and set aside.
  2. Coat your pasta in the olive oil, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese and toss until well-coated.
  3. Place the pasta in an air fryer and air fry at 400 F for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve with a side of marinara sauce, and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I don’t have an air fryer, can I still make these pasta chips?

Yes! You can absolutely make these without an air fryer. Simply cook your pasta in the oven at 400 F until crispy. The texture may be slightly different,  but they will still taste delicious.

Q: What other dips would these be good with?

You can really dip these pasta chips in anything! Some of my favorite dips that I’ve seen are: ranch dressing, queso, whipped ricotta, cottage cheese, hummus, pesto, artichoke dip, and even chocolate!

Q: Isn’t this just like eating raw pasta?

Nope! The texture is completely different. Since we are cooking the pasta first, and adding oil, the pasta chips stay slightly soft in the center, so you don’t feel like you’re breaking your teeth when you eat them.

Q: How long do these keep for?

I recommend eating them right away, one because they’re delicious, and two because they’ll taste much better that way. You can keep them in the fridge overnight, but the texture just isn’t the same.

If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a comment/rating below. And, since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your creations, so I can see them and repost on my IG stories! Enjoy! xx

The VIRAL Italian Pasta Chips

Author: Nicole Modic of @KALEJUNKIE

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
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Move over haters-- whether you like it or not, pasta chips are here to STAY. These fun, crispy "chips" are arguably the most exciting way to eat pasta, and satisfy your snack cravings. I am obsessed with how fun and delicious these are, and I know you will be, too. After all, my pasta chips videos have received over 3 million views on Tik Tok alone... and have been featured in the New York PostMashedHITC, and Well + Good. Oh yeah, they're THAT good.

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Pasta cooked according to instructions
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  • Start by boiling your pasta of choice until it's al dente. Drain the water, and set aside.
  • Coat your pasta in the olive oil, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese and toss until well-coated.
  • Place the pasta in an air fryer and air fry at 400 F for 10 minutes.
  • Serve with a side of marinara sauce, and enjoy!

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  1. I’ve made these about 3 times now and love them lots! My favorite thing about Nicole’s recipes are the amount of freedom and exploration they provide. It really brings out the creative process of baking and cooking for me, which as a musician makes me feel so excited to continue to make her recipes! These pasta chips are great, and I love making my gluten free pasta, adding homemade vegan Parmesan cheese, and dipping them in ranch and marinara sauce!

    • You are seriously so sweet, thank you so so much Hannah. Your words have truly made my day, and I’m absolutely thrilled to hear that my recipes have helped you find a love for the creativity of cooking and baking! And your gluten-free and vegan version sounds absolutely delicious 🙂

  2. Just made this it is super delicious even my mom dad and sister loved the chips too this is on my list to make everyday i used vegan mozzarella as am a vegan and pasta herbs super delicious