Vegan Air Fryer Pasta Chips

2 cups
30 min

Did you know that air fryer pasta chips were going viral on TikTok? Neither did I, but I did make my vegan recipe years ago and now you can make this easy recipe too. They taste like cheesy crackers! Best of all there’s a gluten-free option and an oil-free option. Get even more air fryer recipes on HealthySlowCooking,com.

The crunchier bow tie pasta chips, the better 🙂

These bow tie chips are so crunchy and remind me of a cheese-cracker. But don’t worry it’s 100% vegan. The air fryer turns plain old wet pasta into a crunchy treat that is almost like a cracker.

The nooch gives this a cheesy flavor and Italian seasoning gives it an herby flavor too.

Don’t you just love your air fryer?

I know I do. It makes crispy, crunchy food with little or no oil – yes it’s a great tool for a whole food plant-based diet.

Can I make pasta chips in the oven?

No air fryer? Try baking them in the oven at 375 degrees until crisp. Just make sure to shake them or stir them so they don't burn.

This recipe is from my book, Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer.

Pasta chips recipe:

2 cups dry whole wheat bow tie pasta or use brown rice pasta to make it gluten-free

1 tbsp olive oil or make this oil-free by using Aquafaba to coat instead

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning Blend

1/2 tsp salt or salt substitute to taste

How to make pasta chips in air fryer

Be sure to check out my Air Fryer Bow Tie Past Chip YouTube video if you want to make the recipe along with me or just see it first.

Just cook the pasta halfway, drain, and toss with the seasoning, then cook for about 10 minutes in your air fryer. Easy peasy!

Be sure to try different seasoning blends to make different flavors.

You sure can! The oil just helps the seasoning blend to stick to the pasta pieces, but Aquafaba works just as great.

Can I use another type of pasta?

You can use any chunky pasta for this recipe but if it’s much thicker you may need to add more cooking time. Think fusilli, broken lasagna noodles, and any other cool shapes you can find.

Learn more about vegan air fryer recipes in my book.

Can I make these air fryer chips without oil?

Yes, you can! The only oil that is used is to get the spices to stick and we can use Aquafaba in place of the oil. I like to keep a spray bottle of Aquafaba in the fridge when I’m doing a ton of air frying 😉

What is aquafaba?

It’s a fancy way of saying bean water. Surprisingly, something I was washing down the sink for years is actually a great vegan egg substitute.

How can I get or make aquafaba?

It’s as easy as saving that liquid from a can of chickpeas or white beans. If you make your own chickpeas from scratch, just reduce the leftover liquid by half.

I freeze mine in ice cube trays, then transfer it to a resealable plastic bag. You can keep those in the freezer for a month and defrost a cube or two as needed.

Vegan Air Fryer Pasta Chips
Recipe details
  • 2  cups
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 2 cups dry whole wheat bow tie pasta (*use brown rice pasta to make it gluten-free)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (**use aquafaba to coat to make oil-free)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning Blend
  • 1/2 tsp salt or salt substitute to taste

Cook the pasta for 1/2 the time called for on the package. Toss the drained pasta with the olive oil or aquafaba, nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, and salt.
Place about half of the mixture in your air fryer basket if yours is small; larger ones may be able to do cook in one batch.
Cook on 390°F (200°C) for 5 minutes. Shake the basket and cook 3 to 5 minutes more or until crunchy.
  • After they cool completely, store in an air-tight container.
Kathy Hester
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  • Ms.28904505 Ms.28904505 on Jul 17, 2021

    Just a note: I have decreased hearing in both ears that I've learned is congenital. I watch people's lips and that does help but I also use whatever bits of sound come through. With all due respect, I sincerely do not intend any criticism toward this young woman. The faults or failures lie with me. But I cannot understand what she is saying because of the high pitched tone of her words and the uplift of the ends of words and sentences. I don't see the option for closed captioning that I often use and usually make the difference for my understanding. I am paying attention to different air fryers thinking at some point I will buy one and the attention getting pasta chips recipe. Years ago, a woman I worked with frequently had rotini pasta chips on her desk in a Mason jar - a shared snack that was wickedly addictive. Air fryers didn't exist then, around the mid 70s I guess so that isn't how they were created but they were good. I would appreciate any suggestions you have, if you do, to help me hear/see/read what she's saying. Thanks in advance!

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    • Kathy Hester Kathy Hester on Aug 22, 2021

      I'm mostly talking through the recipe in the video, as well as the fact you can use a gluten-free pasta if you want.

      Let me know if you have other questions about the recipe. You can make them in the oven instead of an air fryer for sure.

  • Kat50567206 Kat50567206 on Aug 20, 2021

    How can I do this without an air fryer? I’d love to try this.