Baked Pasta Fries — A recipe for pasta chips made healthy by baking them in the oven, and using Banza to make this addicting appetizer for pasta lovers gluten-free, vegan, and protein-packed!
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Fries before guys. Hoes before bros. Pasta before brasta.
I can honestly say, sitting down to a giant bowl of pasta is not my idea of a good time. Sitting down to a plate of crispy pasta chips dipped in warm marinara is more my style. In the realm of being honest, my pasta-inhaling boyfriend thought I was CRAY when I told him the idea of pasta fries. I’ll take that as a challenge.
What makes these pasta fries delicious & healthy
- Banza penne pasta
- ground flax seed
- gluten-free breadcrumbs
- Italian seasoning
- garlic powder
- marinara sauce (for dipping)
How to make these pasta fries
Start by cooking a little over 1 cup of Banza penne pasta (or regular pasta if preferred) according to package instructions. This should yield about 2 cups of cooked pasta. Let pasta cool completely. While pasta is cooling, preheat oven to 375°F / 190°C and place a wire cooling rack into a rimmed baking sheet. With a fork, combine 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed with 6 tablespoons of water in a small bowl, and let sit. This will make the flax ‘egg’ to help the breading stick.
On a shallow plate, stir together 1/2 cup of gluten-free breadcrumbs, (or panko breadcrumbs if not strictly gluten-free) 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Use a fork to dip the pasta into the flax mixture, and then move to breadcrumb mixture to coat. Transfer to prepared baked sheet/wire rack, and bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce.
- Whichever pasta you use (regular or chickpea) make sure they are cooked a little passed al dente (about 10 minutes) when you boil the noodles. Since they get a crunchy coating, having the soft interior makes them so much better.
- If you’re not strictly gluten-free or vegan, you can use regular Italian breadcrumbs or panko, and 2 beaten eggs instead of the flax.
- These are best served immediately, and don’t keep well once they cool down. Just like the fries you know and love.
Can I use regular pasta for these pasta chips?
Yes, you can use white or whole wheat penne to make these, but I actually prefer the Banza version!
How long do these keep for?
They really are best served and enjoyed immediately, but they can be kept for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. I would recommend reheating in the oven to achieve a crispy texture.
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Baked Pasta Fries — A recipe for pasta chips made healthy by baking them in the oven, and using Banza to make this addicting appetizer for pasta lovers gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian ,and protein-packed!
- 2 cups cooked Banza penne pasta*
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed**
- 6 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs***
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- marinara sauce, pesto, or alfredo for dipping
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with a wire cooling rack.
- In a small bowl, combine the flax and water together. Set aside.
- Stir together breadcrumbs, italian seasoning, salt, and garlic powder on a shallow plate.
- Using a fork, dip cooked pasta noodles in flax mixture to coat.
- Transfer to breadcrumbs and toss to coat.
- Add noodles to prepared baking sheet, and repeat process with remaining pasta.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until pasta is crispy and browned.
- Serve immediately with preferred dipping sauce.
*can also use white or whole wheat penne.
**can use 1 large egg instead.
***can use panko or regular breadcrumbs if not strictly gluten-free.
nutrition information is estimated, and may not bee 100% accurate.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/4 recipe (no sauce)
- Calories: 155
- Sugar: 3
- Sodium: 177
- Fat: 3
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Unsaturated Fat: 3
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 26
- Fiber: 5
- Protein: 8
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: banza, pasta, penne, fries, appetizer
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