Viral TikTok pasta trend divides internet: ‘This is dumb’

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The latest pasta trend to go viral on TikTok has split the internet, with some praising it and others calling the idea ‘ridiculous’.

The recipe, dubbed ‘pasta chips’, involves putting cooked and seasoned pasta in an air fryer so it goes crunchy.

A girl trying the crunch pasta chips.
Crunchy pasta chips are the internet’s latest obsession. Photos: TikTok/@bostonfoodgram

Boston Foodgram (@bostonfoodgram) was one of the first people to jump on the trend, which currently has over 70 million views on TikTok.

Emily, who runs the account, said in her video that pasta chips are the perfect snack for after work or for guests.

She told her followers all they need to do is boil pasta, mix it with parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic powder and onion powder and bake in the air fryer for seven minutes.

The TikToker also says you should flip the pasta at five minutes so they come out “golden brown and crispy”.

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Popular creator Shannon Doherty (@athomewithshannon) also shared her version of the recipe using Italian herbs instead of garlic and onion powder, calling it her “new go-to appetiser”.

Food blogger Nicole Modic (@kalejunkie) posted a number of variations on her page, including one which replaces the cheese, oil and seasonings with pesto sauce.

She recently posted a dessert version of the dish, using coconut oil, sugar and cinnamon to replicate churros.


Feel Good Foodie (@feelgoodfoodie) suggests that if you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake them in the oven for 20-25 minutes, although they won’t be as crispy.

Users are recreating the challenge with all types of pasta, such as rigatoni, bowties and shells.

People are also dipping the crunchy pasta in hummus, salsa or feta dip just like you would with regular crackers.

Variations of TikTok pasta chips.
TikTokers are trying the recipe with all different types of pasta, seasonings and sauces. Photos: TikTok/@feelgoodfoodie/@cookingwithayeh

Followers online have been divided by the new trend, with some calling it “life-changing”.

“I need these in my life,” one person commented.

“These look amazing,” another added.

Others have criticised the idea, saying you might as well “just eat them out of the box”.

“You turned cooked pasta back into raw pasta,” someone pointed out.

“That’s a crime,” another user said, while a fourth wrote, “this is dumb”.

“They sound like they would break your teeth,” one follower shared.

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