Air fryer ‘pasta chips’ are the latest TikTok food trend

After rather strange TikTok food trends like mustard on watermelon and chlorophyll water, this new TikTok trend may be the most addicting and creative one yet.

One of the trendsetters for the infamous baked feta pasta trend, TikToker @feelgoodfoodie, took the app by storm again last week when she showed her 1.2 million followers a recipe for pasta chips in an air fryer.

Since the end of June, the simple yet surprising dish has blown up on TikTok. The tag #pastachips has amassed over 363 million views on TikTok, and hundreds of users have shared their own takes on the crispy, golden brown chips.

But like most TikTok trends, pasta chips are nothing new.

The trend dates back to at least April when TikToker @nick.digiovanni, who came in third on Season 10 of “Masterchef,” prepared a basic version of “the best snack ever.” His recipe requires boiling bowtie pasta, deep-frying until crispy, adding salt and serving with marinara sauce.

The possibilities for the versatile dish are endless, too.

In June, Nicole Keshishian Modic, or @kalejunkie, posted a version with rigatoni coated with buffalo sauce. TikToker @louislevanti went viral by swapping out penne with cheese ravioli.

TikToker @feelgoodfoodie prepared a version of the new TikTok trend with salt and vinegar, accompanied by sour cream and onion dip.
TikToker @feelgoodfoodie prepared a version of the new TikTok trend with salt and vinegar, accompanied by sour cream and onion dip.
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Yumna Jawad, who runs @feelgoodfoodie, shared the recipe, which requires thoroughly mixing cooked pasta with parmesan cheese and olive oil before putting it in an air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Her original video has nearly 22 million views, in which she serves the golden pasta chips with feta and Greek yogurt dip.

In another video with 2.8 million views, Jawad used farfalle pasta for a salt-and-vinegar-flavored creation, serving with sour cream and onion dip.

Jack Mancuso, who runs the TikTok page @chefcuso, prepared his version of pasta chips with a plate of burrata, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette. Danielle Keith posted a viral recipe for vegan pasta chips incorporating bread crumbs for crunch.

Many other TikTokers put an international spin on the trendy pasta dish. Joanne L. Molinaro posted a variation on pasta chips using instant ramen noodles on her page, @thekoreanvegan. “Desi-style” pasta chips inspired by Indian cuisine have also gone viral, as have churro pasta chips with cinnamon and honey.

The air fryer makes the pasta golden brown and super crispy.
The air fryer makes the pasta golden brown and super crispy.
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A number of TikTok users have also made pesto pasta chips by mixing in a spoonful of pesto alongside olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

“I’ve been on TikTok for almost two years and I’ve tried so many trends,” Jawad told “Good Morning America.” “This one may be one of the most fascinating ones because you are essentially taking something crunchy, making it soft and then making it crunchy again. And it looks like everyone is biting into crunchy raw pasta. But instead, it’s actually crispy, airy and absolutely addicting!”

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