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Air Fryer Pasta Chips are a crispy appetizer with lots of garlic parmesan flavor. You only need 3 ingredients plus a few simple spices.

Pasta chips went viral on TikTok and for good reason! They’re a great appetizer served with a dipping sauce like marinara, ranch, or whipped feta dip. If you like these pasta chips, check out this fried ravioli recipe.

Air fryer basket with fried pasta chips.
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Why We Love This Recipe

  • Simple Ingredients – Only need 3 simple ingredients plus a few simple spices.
  • Crispy – Air frying cooked pasta makes them so crunchy!
  • Garlic Parmesan Flavor – The combination of parmesan cheese and spices can’t be beat!

Key Ingredients

You only need a handful of pantry staple ingredients.

  • Pasta – I like to use a short pasta like bowtie, rigatoni, or rotini
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Spices – Dried Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, ground black pepper

How To Make Air Fryer Pasta Chips

See recipe card below for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Just cook the pasta, toss in the spices and oil, then air fry!

Step 1: Cook the pasta to al dente in a big pot of salted water then drain.

Step 2: While the pasta is cooking, preheat the air fryer by letting it run empty for a few minutes.

Cooked bowtie pasta, seasonings, parmesan cheese in a large bowl.

Step 3: Add the drained pasta to a large bowl with the remaining ingredients. Toss until the pasta is fully coated.

Cooked pasta in an air fryer basket.

Step 4: Add the pasta to the air fryer in a single layer.

Air fryer basket with crispy pasta chips.

Step 5: Air fry for 5 minutes then flip the pasta and cook for about 3 minutes more until the pasta is crispy and light golden brown.

Step 6: Repeat with the rest of the pasta and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Pasta chips on a blue and white plate; a hand dipping a chip into ranch dressing.

Recipe FAQs

Can pasta chips be made in the oven?

Pasta chips can be made in the oven instead of the air fryer. Bake the cooked pasta in a 425 degrees F oven for 20-25 minutes. The chips aren’t as crispy as the air fryer version but still delicious!

What pasta shape works best for pasta chips?

It’s best to use a short-cut pasta shape that has a large surface area so they’re easy to pick up and dip in marinara. Favorites to use are rigatoni, bowtie (farfalle), rotini, and ziti.

Are pasta chips hard like raw pasta?

Even though pasta chips look like raw pasta, the texture is very different! Since the pasta is cooked first before being air fried, they have a crispy and crunchy texture that is easy to bite into.


Although they’re best eaten after air frying, leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can reheat them in the air fryer for a few minutes to rewarm and crisp up again.

Crispy air fryer pasta chips on a white plate with a small dish of marinara.

Helpful Tips

  • Preheat Air Fryer – While some air fryer recipes don’t require preheating, it’s important to preheat for this recipe so the pasta gets crispy without burning.
  • Air Fry in Batches – It is important to cook in a single layer so the air can circulate all the pasta giving it that crunchy texture.
  • Cook Time May Vary –  Air fryers can vary so you’ll want to watch the pasta chips carefully at the end of cooking.
  • Leftover Pasta – This is a great recipe for using up leftover cooked pasta!

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Air Fryer Pasta Chips

Air Fryer Pasta Chips are a crispy appetizer with lots of garlic parmesan flavor. You only need 3 ingredients plus a few simple spices.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1/2 pound pasta try bowties, rigatoni, or rotini
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Boil pasta according to package directions in salted water, then drain.
  • In a large boil, combine pasta, olive oil, parmesan cheese, italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt and black pepper. Toss until pasta is fully coated and seasoned.
  • Spread pasta into a single layer in the preheated air fryer.
  • Cook in the preheated air fryer for 5 minutes.
  • Use a large wooden spoon to flip the pasta and continue cooking for 3 additional minutes or until pasta is crispy and lightly golden brown.
  • Remove from the air fryer and serve with marinara or ranch for dipping.


You can adjust the quantity of any of the spices to suit your taste.
It is important the air fryer be preheated before adding the chips to the basket and that they are cooked in a single layer so the air can circulate all the pasta. 
Tossing halfway through cooking time ensures the pasta chips will be evenly brown.
Watch the pasta chips carefully at the end of cooking. One batch, I heard the timer but took an extra minute and it was amazing how quickly they went from golden brown to overdone. Be careful!
Would be great with marinara, ranch, whipped feta, french onion dip, spicy dip, and sriracha mayo dip.


Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 166mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 36IUVitamin C: 0.05mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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