Monday, June 16, 2014

Homemade Pasta Chips

Looking for an easy, yet impressive recipe for company? Well, here you go. These pasta chips are easy, but please note that patience is key. Your guests are sure to be dazzled. This recipe serves 6-8.

16 oz farfalle pasta (bow tie pasta)
1 & 1/4 to 1 & 1/2 cups olive oil, for frying
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 & 1/2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce (homemade or canned), for dipping

Boil the pasta according to package directions.

Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain well.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high, until the end of a wooden spoon creates popping bubbles, like this:

Reduce heat to low. In batches, fry the pasta in a single layer. You should need to add a tad more oil, between batches, and also wait for the oil to reach the desired temperature again.

Once pasta is golden brown (about 8-10 minutes, per batch), remove with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Be patient. Pasta should look like this:

Sprinkle with grated parmesan, and serve with marinara. Yummy!

A couple notes:

I've found it works better to sprinkle each batch with parmesan, while still hot, before placing in the serving dish. This ensures the cheese is evenly spread throughout. 

Also, you can flavor these chips in a variety of ways. You can sprinkle with salt, chili powder, and garlic, and skip the dip, for example. Play with it!

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