Vegan Air Fryer Pasta Chips
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.
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.
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
- 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.