Snack time just got a whole lot better with these air fryer pasta chips! These crispy little bites are perfect for satisfying your hunger in between meals. Whether you’re munching on them plain or dipping them in your favorite sauce, you’re sure to enjoy every bite!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- They are quick to make. Use left over cooked pasta to make the recipe even quicker!
- They’re a healthier alternative to traditional fried chips, since they’re cooked in air instead of submerged oil.
- They are delicious plain, or dunked in your favorite dipping sauce.
Scroll down for the printable card for this air fryer pasta chips recipe, or read on for all the details.
What you’ll need
This recipe uses precooked pasta. You can use whichever shape of pasta you want. Twists and bowties work great. Penne or macaroni can be more difficult to get crispy due to their shape.
Cook it according to the packet instructions until al dente. Don’t overcook it, or it will be too soft to crisp up into chips.
The recipe below uses a simple seasoning mix made from garlic powder, Italian seasoning, nutritional yeast, and salt.
However, please feel free to switch up the seasonings to any flavors that you like. Try adding some chili lime salt, or smoked paprika. Or add a little cayenne pepper for some heat!
I use light olive oil for this recipe, but you can use any cooking oil with a high smoke point, and a neutral flavor. Vegetable oil or avocado oil are both good choices.
How to make pasta chips in your air fryer
For full instructions, see the recipe card below.
This recipe is very quick and easy to make, there are just a few simple steps needed to get it just right:
- Use pasta cooked to al dente (slightly firm). If the pasta is overcooked, it will be difficult to get it to crisp up enough to use as chips.
- Toss the pasta with a little oil and seasonings. Oil is needed to get the pasta crispy and chip-like. You can use an oil spray if you prefer to reduce the amount of oil used.
- Air fry the pasta in a single layer, and shake the basket often during cooking to redistribute the pasta and ensure it cooks evenly.
Serve these air-fried pasta chips as a snack with your favorite dipping sauce. I would recommend marinara sauce, guacamole, pesto, aioli, or nacho cheese dip.
Store any left-over pasta chips in an air-tight container in the fridge, and use within 3 days. If needed, you can crisp them up in the air fryer for 5 minutes at 360°F/180°C before serving.
Air Fryer Pasta Chips
- 12 ounces cooked pasta [Note 1]
- 3 tablespoons light olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- Preheat air fryer to 380°F/ 190°C [Note 2].
- Place cooked and drained pasta in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, sea salt, and nutritional yeast.
- Place pasta in air fryer basket, and spread it out evenly in a single layer [Note 3].
- Air fry pasta for 15-20 minutes, tossing the basket every 5 minutes to redistribute the pasta chips ensuring they cook evenly.
- The pasta chips are done when they are crispy. Air fry for additional 2-3 minute intervals until they are cooked to your liking.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
- Cook according to package instructions until al dente
- Spritz the basket with oil first if food tends to stick to it.
- You may need to cook the pasta chips in batches.
Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.