Yes, you can fry pasta. You might not want to stand in front of a vat of boiling vegetable oil in this near 90 degree weather, but I can promise you that it’s delicious. I first saw this recipe on Martha Stewart’s website (shocking, I know) and was quite intrigued. I mean we all know a million different ways to serve pasta (I won’t list them all in classic Bubba Gump style) but I’ve never heard of fried pasta. When we needed an extra little snacky type appetizer for the engagement party a few weeks ago, I thought I’d try this puppy out. Where’s what I did:
Note: I made a ton of it, but you can easily halve the recipe
2 boxes farfalle pasta
4-6 cups of vegetable oil
3/4 cup grated parmesan
zest of two lemons
red pepper flakes
First boil the pasta until al dente (about 10 minutes or so). Once the pasta is half done, drain it and pat it dry with paper towels. Then get the oil a-bubblin’ and start putting the pasta in the oil a few handfuls at a time.
After the farfalle has been frying for 3 minutes or so, scoop it out with a spider strainer and set it on paper towels for drying. While it’s still hot, sprinkle the pasta with the parmesan, lemon zest and pepper flake mixture.
The pasta comes out super crunchy and delicious. I loved the flavor combination of lemon and red pepper and cheesy parmesan.
It was such a good little snack instead of regular chips or crackers, perfect to pair with a cocktail! Enjoy!