Pasta Chips

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Inspired by the popular TikTok trend, this easy and delicious recipe for Pasta Chips puts a modern 🌀 twist on traditional pasta by turning it into crispy, flavorful chips. By using pesto, I streamlined the process, making it simpler without compromising on taste. You can use any pesto you love, whether it’s homemade or store-bought. These pasta chips are so tasty, with the 🌿 pesto infusing into the pasta and creating the perfect crunchy snack. Amazing as a snack or appetizer, they’re sure to be a hit with both adults and kids. Don’t knock it until you try it—it’s a creative, crowd-pleasing treat!

Why You’ll Love Pasta Chips

You’ll love these Pasta Chips because they offer a fun twist on a classic favorite, combining the familiar taste of pasta with a satisfying crunch. Whether you’re looking for a unique appetizer to impress guests or a fun, kid-friendly treat, these pasta chips are easy to make and so versatile. Plus, with the option to 🔥 bake or air fry, you can enjoy making your pasta chips crispy and delicious no matter what kitchen tools you have.

How to Prepare Pasta Chips

💦 Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions until al-dente.

🌿 Drain and mix with your favorite pesto.

🔥 Preheat the air fryer if needed, add pasta to the air fryer, and set it to 400F (200C) for 10 minutes, tossing halfway through.

🧊 Let the Pasta Chips cool and then enjoy.

Nonna’s Tip

If you don’t have or like pesto you can toss your pasta with some olive oil, fresh parmesan, and Italian seasoning instead. You can coat the pasta with anything you love.

Pasta Chips

Variations and Substitutions for Pasta Chips

Remember, if you are changing or adding ingredients, you may have to experiment and adjust the quantities.

  1. Toss the pasta with grated 🧀 Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese instead of or in addition to the pesto.
  2. Use garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or Italian seasoning with olive oil and grated parmesan instead of pesto.
  3. Try making these with different shapes, such as penne, fusilli, rigatoni, or bowtie pasta.
  4. If you don’t have an air fryer, bake the pasta in a preheated 🔥 oven at 400F (200C) for about 15-20 minutes, tossing halfway through.

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Best Served With

  • A fresh green salad or a Caesar salad
  • Your favorite dips such as marinara, Easy Hummus, or spicy aioli
  • Some grilled chicken or seafood
  • A light white wine like Pinot Grigio or a red wine like Chianti

Common Questions

Can I use any type of pasta for the recipe?

Yes, you can use any pasta shape, though shorter shapes like penne, fusilli, rigatoni, or bowtie pasta work best for making chips.

How do I prevent the pasta from sticking together in the air fryer?

Make sure to toss the pasta with enough pesto or oil to coat each piece evenly. Additionally, shake the air fryer basket halfway through the cooking time to ensure even cooking and prevent sticking.

Can I bake the pasta chips instead of using an air fryer?

Yes, you can bake the pasta chips in a preheated oven at 400F (200C) for about 15-20 minutes, tossing them halfway through for even crispiness.

How do I store the leftover chips?

Store leftover pasta chips in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat them in the air fryer or oven to restore crispiness before serving.

Pasta Chips

Pasta Chips

Inspired by the popular TikTok trend, this easy and delicious recipe for Pasta Chips puts a modern 🌀 twist on traditional pasta by turning it into crispy, flavorful chips.
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 1
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 cup pasta, this can be any pasta of your choice
  • salt, for salting the water
  • 2 tablespoons pesto, basil or sun dried tomato


  • Boil the pasta in salted water according to the package directions until it is al dente.
  • Drain the pasta and then stir in your favorite choice of pesto.
  • Preheat your air fryer if it requires preheating, then add your pasta and set the air fryer to 400F (200C) for 10 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • Let them cool and enjoy!



Calories: 339kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 284mg, Potassium: 134mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 605IU, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
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