Our Air Fryer Pasta Chips Recipe is a great snack! Within minutes you can have crispy pasta chips that’s air fried and flavorful. We give tips on what the best pasta to use. 

Air Fryer Pasta Chips Recipe on plate

Air Fryer Pasta Chips Recipe 

These are great snacks or appetizers! Air frying pasta chips is a super popular dish that is satisfying and delicious. This viral TikTok recipe is great if you have leftover pasta and rather than wasting it, making air fried snacks is genius. The hot circulating air makes the cooked pasta crispy and crunchy. Kids love this and you’ll probably get them requesting second and third helpings. Add extra parmesan cheese for optimal flavor! 

Air Fryer Pasta Chips Recipe on Plate

Tips: How to Make Air Fryer Pasta Chips 

  • Cook tender: Make sure the pasta is cooked enough and tender before air frying. We like our pasta cooked a little softer, so when it’s air fried it won’t be so hard. If your pasta is too al dente, then after air frying it might end up hard and not crispy. It’ll be like eating flavored raw pasta. 
  • The pasta needs to be well seasoned with salt and seasonings when tossed with the oil and cheese. The salt and seasoning adds flavor to the pasta or else it will be bland. 
  • Air Fry the pasta in just a single layer. This will ensure all sides to get crispy. You will need to cook in batches if you have a small air fryer. 
  • If you want less, you can cook half the recipe. A half recipe is a good amount for 2 people. But if you’re feeding kids, you should make the whole batch because they’ll gobble these pasta chips up quick. 
  • Check out the full recipe details in the recipe box below.

Best Pasta to Use 

  • Farfalle Pasta (Bow Tie): If you want a flat “chip” experience then the farfalle or bowtie pasta is the best. The flat nature of the pasta gives more of a “chip” bite. These are smaller types of pasta but are great for kids to dip! 
  • Penne or Rigatoni Pasta: These are longer and are great for dipping and spooning up the sauce. They will be a bit more crunchy because they’re thicker, so you want make sure to boil them enough to be tender and softer than al-dente. 
  • Gemelli pasta :  Great for dipping too because they’re long. We love these better than penne because they’re thinner and are less “hard” when air fried.

Best Dips for Pasta Chips

  • Marinara is the most popular and always a favorite. 
  • Ranch dressing 
  • Queso or cheese dips 
  • BBQ sauce 
  • Spicy sriracha 
  • Teriyaki sauce 
Air Fryer Pasta Chips Recipe on Plate
Air Fryer Pasta Chips Recipe on plate

Air Fryer Pasta Chips

Make sure the pasta is cooked enough before air frying. We like our pasta cooked a little softer, then when it’s air fried it’s not so hard. If your pasta is too al dente, then after air frying it might end up hard and not crispy. Read our write up in the post about al dente pasta.
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  • 8 oz. (227 g) dried Bowtie (Farfalle) Pasta, or pasta shape of choice
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Garlic Powder
  • 1/3 cup (35 g) Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) Kosher Salt , or to taste
  • Optional – additional seasonings of choice – Italian seasoning , dried basil, onion powder, etc.



  • In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta to package directions. Cook until it is tender (it crisps up best if it is cooked a little beyond al dente).
    Bowtie pasta in boiling water
  • Drain the pasta and put in a bowl. Toss with the olive oil, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and salt (it should be well seasoned).
    Parmesan being sprinkled over pasta
  • Cooking in batches if needed, put just a single layer of the seasoned pasta in the air fryer basket/tray. (For most air fryers, cook in batches to avoid overcrowding the basket/tray. For best results air fry in just a single layer.)
    Pasta in a single layer in air fryer basket
  • Air Fry at 380°F/195°C for 7-10 minutes, shaking and stirring the pasta every 2-3 minutes making sure to separate any pasta sticking together. (Shaking often helps them crispy evenly and not burnt.) Cook until the pasta is golden and crispy to your liking. Timing will vary depending on your air fryer model, type of pasta you’re cooking and preferred texture.
    Crisped pasta in air fryer basket
  • If cooking in batches, the next batches might cook quicker because the air fryer is already hot. Serve with warmed marinara sauce or sauce of choice.
    Pasta chips on a plate with marinara sauce

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 276kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 428mg, Potassium: 143mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 65IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 111mg, Iron: 1mg