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    I Made The Viral Pasta Chips That Everyone Is Talking About, And Now I Absolutely Understand Why

    No wonder everyone is obsessed with these.

    I've tried a whole bunch of TikTok food and drink hacks, but honestly, I'm sometimes pretty wary of the latest viral cooking trends (Looking at you, mini pancake cereal.)

    Hannah Loewentheil

    But then I caught wind of the latest TikTok sensation — the famous pasta chips that have gone viral in the past few weeks — and I simply had to try them.

    I originally saw pasta chips on a TikTok posted by Feelgoodfoodie. In it, she takes cooked pasta noodles and turns them into perfectly snackable little chips with the help of a few basic ingredients and an air fryer.

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    #pastachips are my new favorite chips! They’re so good and make the best appetizer! #pastatiktok #summertime

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    I was also curious if I could make decently crispy pastas chips right in the oven.

    I already had all the ingredients in my kitchen (and chances are, you do too), so I figured why not try my hand at making pasta chips?

    Ingredients for pasta chips.
    Hannah Loewentheil

    I wanted to experiment a bit, so I tried using four different pasta shapes: rigatoni, farfalle, fusilli, and the wild card: small pesto-filled tortellini.

    Hannah Loewentheil

    The method is very simple. Boil and strain some pasta, toss it in olive oil, Parmesan, and whatever spices you have on hand.

    Pouring grated Parmesan cheese onto cooked pasta.
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    I used a mixture of garlic powder, onion powder, herbs de Provence, salt, and pepper.

    Then toss the seasoned pasta into an air fryer and cook until golden brown and crispy. For me, that took about 15 minutes at 400°, and I tossed the pasta about four times throughout.

    Hannah Loewentheil

    After 15 minutes in the air fryer, all of the pasta shapes had turned golden brown and extremely crunchy.

    Pasta beginning to turn slightly golden in the air fryer.
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    For the sake of ~pasta science~, I also wanted try making the pasta chips in a regular oven. I roasted them on a sheet pan in an even layer at 425°F for about 25 minutes until they had a nice golden color to them.

    Pasta ready to be roasted in the oven.
    Hannah Loewentheil

    The result was almost as crunchy as the air fryer method, only it took a bit longer. The oven baked pasta chips still had a little bit of starch to them and tasted more like really al dente pasta which, TBH, I think I liked better. Not to mention they made my apartment smell like lasagna, which I'd certainly never be mad about.

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    They also looked more brown, though they didn't taste burnt.

    I served the pasta chips with marinara sauce, pesto, and ricotta for dipping, and they were pretty darn tasty.

    Air fried pasta chips with different dipping sauces.
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    The tortellini was still the most tender and pasta-like, and it ended up being my favorite because it still had some doughiness to it. The fusilli was the most crispy, almost like the texture of a thin breadstick.

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    The farfalle and the rigatoni fell somewhere in between: a delicate balance of crunchy and carb-y.

    If you're wondering what the pasta chips taste like, well... it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect: as if a chip and a noodle had a baby.

    A dipped pasta chip
    Hannah Loewentheil

    They are savory and cheesy, but with the consistency of a cracker. Digging into a bowl of pasta chips isn't the same as sinking your teeth into saucy noodles, but if you're in the mood for something crunchy, savory, and snackable, this will do the trick.

    IMHO, the sauce is an extremely important element here. You could certainly snack on these pasta chips by the handful without dunking them in anything, but they're far better when dipped in your favorite pasta sauce.

    Pasta chips with marinara sauce.
    Hannah Loewentheil

    I stored the pasta chips in a plastic bag over night, and honestly I preferred the flavor and texture of them the next day when they reached peak cracker-like-consistency.

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    Overall, I'm glad I tried making pasta chips. It's a creative and tasty way to turn ingredients I already had in my kitchen into a pretty cravre-worthy snack. And seriously, it's hard to stop eating them.

    Me holding a rigatoni pasta chip.
    Hannah Loewentheil

    If you love pasta and you're craving something crunchy, you'll probably love these.

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    That being said....it's no pasta pomodoro. And while I'd recommend you give these a shot for the novelty of it, I'd choose a bowl of spaghetti over these pasta chips 9 times out of ten. 🤤

    Have you tried TikTok's famous pasta chips? If so, what did you think? Tell me in the comments below.