TikTok’s Latest Take on Pasta Is the Ultimate Customizable Snack

Say hello to crunchy, cheese pasta chips!

July 08, 2021

TikTok has given us some great pasta-focused recipes thus far (remember that viral baked feta pasta from a few months ago?!) but the latest pasta dish of the moment really takes the Italian staple in a whole new direction.

“Pasta chips,” as they have been dubbed, perfectly combine each of those titular foods. Basically, these crunchy bites are air-fried pieces of pasta that have the trademark crispiness of a good chip.

Pasta chips seemingly first went viral in April when TikTok user Emily Chan (@bostonfoodgram) shared her go-to recipe for the snack after spotting a similar dish online. In the clip, which has amassed nearly two million views, Chan starts by boiling some bowtie pasta and tossing it with grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic powder, and onion powder.

“Air fryer pasta chips are the perfect little snack for after work or for guests,” she shares.

Chan, who is a food blogger, then places the pasta in an air fryer for seven minutes, flipping each piece at around five minutes in to ensure both sides are sufficiently crispy.

What’s more? Chan served the finished chips with a marinara dipping sauce, because they are technically still pasta pieces after all.

Aside from being super easy to replicate, one of the best things about this dish is how versatile and adaptable it is. Dozens of TikTok users have already made it using various shapes (such as penne, rigatoni and conchiglie — a.k.a. shells) and a wide array of ingredients. For example, a user with the handle @CookingWihtAyeh added some oregano and chili flakes to the spice mix in order to increase the flavor factor.

And you can have fun with the dips too! Instead of marinara sauce, @chefcuso made the boss decision to dip his finished pasta chips directly into a ball of creamy burrata cheese.

Another TikTok user, @healthygirlkitchen, even made a vegan version using plant-based breadcrumbs instead of cheese. The pastabilities are endless!

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