I realize frying food sits very low on your list of priorities right now, but hear me out. These fried pasta chips are way healthier than our usual Fryday fare, and they’re so stupidly easy to make that you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to give them a try. And since I know your holiday entertaining duties are far from over, let’s just cut through the should-I-shouldn’t-I and get started. Shall we?
Are you still with me? Great.
The stars of the show: bowtie pasta and sea salt.
Better-for-you olive oil for frying and optional Italian seasoning play supporting roles.
And it goes a little something like this:
Cook the pasta for half of the instructed time. As you wait for the water to boil and pasta to cook, heat half an inch of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees.
Working in batches, drop halfway-cooked pasta in the hot oil. Fry and flip and fry some more until golden and crispy.
Once fried, remove pasta from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towel to drain.
Season with salt right away and repeat.
Keeping with the Italian theme, I took things one step further and sprinkled on a little bit of Italian seasoning. Si vive una volta sola.
Serve these however you like. I served mine with an awesome Artichoke Jalapeno dip that I found at Costco. Really great stuff. And just like that I made a quick and easy snack to serve at the next, but not last holiday party. Now it’s your turn.
While you’re at it, I hope you have a great weekend. Do me a favor and remember your diet can wait until 2014. TGIFryday.
- 1 box (1 pound) bowtie pasta
- oil for frying
- salt to season
- Cook the pasta according to package directions, but for only half of the cooking time. Drain the pasta.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. You need enough oil to cover the pasta ~ depending on the size of your pan probably around a 1/2 cup. Working in batches, fry the pasta until golden, flip & then fry until both sides are light golden brown.
- Remove from the pan and immediately season with salt. Repeat the process until all of the pasta is fried.