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Air Fryer Pasta Chips

Air Fryer Pasta Chips with Pesto Dip

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Jump on this Tik Tok trend and make Air Fryer Pasta Chips! Cooked bowtie pasta is tossed with herbs, spices and pecorino Romano cheese before being air-fried until golden and crispy. Serve with warm marinara and my homemade creamy pesto dip!
Course Appetizers & Snacks
Cuisine American-Italian
Keyword air fryer, appetizer, crispy pasta, fried pasta, pasta chips
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Servings 6
Calories 162
Author Laurie McNamara


  • fine sea salt
  • 6 ounces bowtie pasta dried
  • 4 ounces cream cheese soften
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra light
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 pinch kosher salt


  • Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Once boiling stir in a small palmful (about 1 tablespoon-ish) of fine sea salt and cook the pasta al dente, according the package directions.
  • Meanwhile, add cream cheese into a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer and blend until it has broken down and no longer is clumped in the beaters. Pour in 1 tablespoon of milk and mix until smooth and creamy. Fold in the basil pesto, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Drain the cooked pasta before transfering to a mixing bowl. Add olive oil, garlic powder, italian seasoning, pinch of kosher salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes
    (if using). Toss well to combine, add the cheese and toss again.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 390° or 400° (depending on your make and model).
  • Once preheated, spray the inside of the basket with nonstick spray and add the pasta. Lightly spray the pasta before air frying for 2 minutes. Gently shake and repeat in 2-minute increments until golden and crispy. For me, it took around 8 minutes. However, every air fryer is different so just keep a watchful eye on them.


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Serving: 1g | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g