Pasta Chips

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Unique starter or snack basket to serve to friends before a braai, during a big game or as a cocktail snack. It is really easy and the airfryer makes it super quick. I made my own marinara sauce, but if you in a hurry you can always buy a bottled sauce to serve alongside the pasta chips. A sauce is essential.

What you need?

  • 3 cups of dried Fattis & Monis Bellissimo macaroni
  • 1 cup parmesan powder (grated parmesan doesn’t work – I tried)
  • Olive oil for drizzling

For the marinara sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of red wine
  • 1 can diced and peeled tomatoes (400g)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon freshly diced basil

What to do?

  • Start by making your sauce that it has enough time to simmer and intensify the flavor.
  • In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil and butter. Add the onion and cook until soft.
  • Add the wine and once evaporated, add the can of tomato and reduce to a simmer.
  • Add the Italian herbs and garlic (see first picture below) and simmer.
  • Once almost ready, add the basil and stir. Dish into a ramekin.
  • The sauce makes quite a lot (as a whole can of tomatoes are used) but pop the rest in an airtight container and freeze to defrost for a quick week night pasta dinner.
  • Boil the macaroni until al dente. Drain and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and toss the parmesan dust until all the macaroni is well coated.
  • As the pasta is still relatively hot, only the dust sticks well. I did try grating a parmesan block and tossing that, however, the cheese melts and becomes a ball of goo instead of properly dispersing through all the macaroni’s.
  • Once tossed and well coated. Add to the airfryer in batches until all the macaroni’s have been crisp up. Dish into a serving plate.
  • Place the ramekin of serving sauce on the dish and indulge. It is a really fun and different way to enjoy pasta.

The photo above is half the pasta chips that the recipe makes.

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