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These easy air fryer pasta chips are a simple, easy snack or appetizer that can be ready in less than 30 minutes! Full of whole grains, protein and fiber, these pasta chips are a healthier take on the regular chip but still have that satisfactory crunch!

Pasta chips on a plate with a cup of marinara sauce.
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Why you should make air fryer pasta chips

Although pasta chips have been around for awhile, they gained recent popularity thanks to Tiktok. Nick DiGiovanni posted deep fried pasta chips and the trend took off!

I love the idea of pasta chips—whole grains with lots of protein and fiber! But I prefer to cook oil free. That’s where the air fryer comes in. It’s a game changer in making healthier oil-free meals and snacks!

I love my Bella Pro Series air fryer—it makes these pasta chips perfectly crispy without needing to deep fry!

You’re going to love these pasta chips. They’re:

  • crunchy
  • addictively delicious
  • healthy
  • easy to make
  • great travel snack
  • perfect for dipping!

Ingredient Notes

Just six simple ingredients needed! Exact measurements are available in the recipe card at the bottom.

Ingredients measured and labeled to make pasta chips.

Nutritional yeast—we use this to make a wonderful dairy-free cheesy taste. Can’t find nutritional yeast? Here are some nutritional yeast substitutions (I recommend cashews for this recipe) or feel free to use parmesan if you are not dairy-free.

Lemon juice—fresh lemon juice is best but you can use store-bought lemon juice as well. Make sure your lemon juice hasn’t gone bad before using.

Seasonings—I love the classic salt, garlic powder and onion powder but feel free to mix it up! Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, or curry powder would all be delicious variations!

Best type of pasta to make pasta chips

Any short pasta will do! Here are pasta brands we love that are vegan-friendly.

The following types of short pastas are the ones I recommend using to make pasta chips:

  • Farfalle (bowtie)
  • Rotini
  • Fusilli
  • Cavatappi
  • Penne
  • Rigatoni
  • Conchiglie (shell)

How to make

This step by step walk-through shows the process of making pasta chips air fryer style (oven instructions are included as well). Exact times and temperatures are available in the recipe card at the bottom.

Step 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a mixing bowl.

Step 2. Add lemon juice and mix well. Then add seasonings and toss to coat.

Pasta chips mixed with topping ingredients in a bowl.

Step 3. “Fry” the pasta chips.

By air fryer: Add pasta chips evenly spread out to the air fryer basket. You may have to cook in a couple batches to make sure the air fryer isn’t too crowded (I did two batches in mine). Cook for 8-12 minutes shaking a couple times to redistribute the chips.

Pasta chips spread out in air fryer before cooking.

By oven: Arrange the pasta in a single layer on a lined baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 20 minutes, flipping halfway.

It’s ok if they aren’t super crispy at first, let them cool for 10 minutes and they’ll crisp up even more.

Cooked pasta chips in air fryer basket.

How to serve

It’s common to see pasta chips served with marinara sauce. It makes sense, pasta and marinara are like peanut butter and jelly.

But these chips taste good with any dip! I love them with some honey mustard, BBQ sauce, lemon hummus, or simply some ketchup.

I’ll even snack on them plain. The cheesy goodness is enough flavor for me!

If you want them even more cheesy, dip them in this dairy-free nacho cheese sauce. Seriously, it’s amazing. Pesto and ranch would also go great with these pasta chips.

FAQ’s

Can you make pasta chips in the oven?

Yes, they work great in the oven too. Preheat to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pasta chips out evenly in a single layer and bake for about 20 minutes, until crispy, flipping halfway.

Can you make pasta chips with gluten free pasta?

Yes, that should absolutely work just fine. When boiling gluten-free pasta, make sure to only cook until al dente (still firm). Otherwise it may fall apart.

How to store pasta chips?

Store in a sealed container on the counter for up to 5 days.

Pasta chips piled on a serving plate.

More air fryer recipes

More ideas:

Air Fryer Frozen Vegetables

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Air Fryer Gnocchi

Pasta chips on a plate with a cup of marinara sauce.

The Best Air Fryer Pasta Chips

5 from 9 votes
Author: Rachel
These easy air fryer pasta chips are a simple, easy snack or appetizer that can be ready in less than 30 minutes! Full of whole grains, protein and fiber, these pasta chips are a healthier take on the regular chip but still have that satisfactory crunch!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Method

  • air fryer
  • oven

Ingredients 
 

  • 8 oz whole grain pasta * penne, bowtie, rotini, shells
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a mixing bowl.
    8 oz whole grain pasta
  • Add lemon juice and mix well. Then add seasonings and toss to coat.
    1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/3 cup nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • By air fryer: Preheat air fryer to 400F. Add pasta chips evenly spread out (you maybe have to cook in a couple batches to make sure the air fryer isn't too crowded). Cook for 8-12 minutes shaking a couple times to redistribute the chips.
  • By oven: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the pasta chips in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 20 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • It's ok if they aren't super crispy at first, let them cool for 10 minutes and they'll crisp up even more.

Notes

*In order to be gluten-free, select a gluten-free pasta.
Pastas short in length work best. See above post for full list of short pastas that work great for this recipe.
If you can’t find nutritional yeast and aren’t dairy-free, you can use parmesan. If you need a dairy-free replacement for nutritional yeast, I recommend cashews ground up to parmesan consistency.
Store pasta chips in a sealed container on the counter for up to 5 days.
Serve with marinara or your favorite dipping sauce!

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We love them! I made them tonight with a dipping sauce of Veganaise and salsa and that made them even more delicious! Eight minutes in my air fryer was perfect.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been wanting to try these pasta chips for a minute! Love the minimal ingredients used and will make these for my kids!

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve seen these pasta chips all over but once I found this recipe for them made in the air fryer, game one! They are so poppable and perfect for snacking.

  4. 5 stars
    Well this is a completely new recipe to me. I had no idea I could fry pasta into chips in my air fryer. Excited to try it!