Crispy Pasta Chips with Spicy Marinara

These Pasta Chips are a Tik Tok Sensation recipe and puts a fun, new spin on an old classic. Pasta takes a crispy chip form and tastes amazing dipped in this easy, spicy marinara sauce.

What Exactly are Pasta Chips?



We can credit good old Tik Tok for this viral recipe…it’s more than just dancing folks. Pasta Chips are basically cooked pasta, typically tossed in oil and herbs, then crisped up in the air fryer. The end result are deliciously crunchy, crispy pasta that you can dip into a plethora of sauces.

What Type of Pasta Should You Use

The type of pasta is pretty much up to your preference. However, I wouldn’t use spaghetti, linguini, angel hair, or fettuccini. The shorter, wider types of pasta work best since you want to be able to use your fingers to pick them up and dip them.

We’ve tried a few different types of pasta and our favorites include bowties, penne, and rotini. The ridges in these types of pasta help the sauce stick. One of our favorites for making gluten free pasta chips is this Banza Cavatappi pasta.

Flavoring the Pasta

We lightly flavor the pasta after it cooks with a bit of olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried basil. Just enough so that each pasta chip has a mild flavor. You don’t want to over power the pasta with heavy spices, especially if you are serving with a dipping sauce.

You’ll want to flavor the pasta before adding it to the air fryer.

Dipping Sauces

For this recipe, we kept it simple with a jar of marinara sauce that we jazzed up a little bit with red pepper flakes and fresh basil.

Check out this post on Homemade Spaghetti Sauce if you are interested in making your own from scratch. The article also contains some great tips on what to look for when buying jarred sauce.

Other sauce ideas that would work great with pasta chips include –

pasta chips with spicy marinara

Crispy Pasta Chips with Spicy Marinara

Regular pasta gets a fun air fryer upgrade with these Crispy Pasta Chips served with a simple, spicy marinara sauce.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Brynn McDowell, RDN at The Domestic Dietitian
  • 1 pound Dry Pasta (We used Banza Cavatappi for a gluten free recipe)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dried Basil
  • 1 cup Marinara Sauce (We used Rao’s Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce)
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Basil, chopped
  1. Pour the marinara sauce into a small bowl. Add red pepper flakes and top with fresh basil. Set aside.

  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions, until al dente. Drain and transfer to large bowl

  3. Add olive oil, 3 tbsp parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried basil to drained pasta. Stir to mix well, so that all pasta is coating with oil and herbs

  4. Place the pasta in the basket of your air fryer. Select air fry option, set temp to 400 degrees and cook for 10-12 minutes. Be sure to toss the pasta halfway through the cooking time

  5. Once cooked, remove and place in serving bowl/platter and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese. Add dipping sauce on side.

More Great Air Fryer Recipes

If you are like us and love your air fryer, check out some of our favorite recipes below.

Greek Salad with Air Fryer Salmon

Crispy Air Fryer Brussels sprouts with Parmesan Cheese

The Easiest Air Fryer Salmon

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Last modified: August 13, 2021

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