Fried Bowtie Pasta - cooked pasta seasoned with cajun spices and fried. A crisp and tasty Louisiana snack served with a marinara dipping sauce.
Fried Pasta includes pasta that has been cooked the way you would normally cook pasta, then drained and tossed in a little flour, mixed with an egg-type wash, then coated in breadcrumbs seasoned with cajun spices. For the cajun spice, I use Tony Chachere's. In fact, I just discovered the "light" spice and really love it. Normally, I just go with the regular original one but I now like the lighter version better.
After the pasta is fried, I love to dip it in a marinara sauce. This recipe will certainly serve a crowd so it'll be perfect if you're planning to serve it at a party.
Here's how it comes together...
Cook bowtie pasta according to the package directions, drain the water and rinse with cold water and drain again, then put the pasta in a big bowl.
Mix in 1/2 cup flour.
In a small bowl, whisk together 1 egg, 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1/4 cup water. Pour over the pasta and mix in.
Now, mix together 1 1/2 cups of bread crumbs, (I like to use Progresso Italian because I love the spices and the flavor) and 1 - 2 tablespoons of a cajun seasoning mix like Tony Chacherie's and stir it into the pasta.
Fill a pot to its halfway point with canola oil and heat to about 350°. When the oil is ready, add the pasta, a little at a time and fry in batches. Cook, stirring gently for 5-7 minutes or until pasta is golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the pasta from the oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
This unique appetizer/snack is fun to make and comes together quickly. It'll definitely be a conversation starter at your next gathering.
Fried Bowtie Pasta
- 16 oz bowtie pasta
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 - 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning (use more or less depending on your taste preference)
- Canola oil (for frying)
- Marinara sauce
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse, drain and pour into large bowl.
- Stir the flour into the pasta.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, cream and water. Pour over the pasta and stir.
- In another small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs and cajun seasoning. Stir into the pasta.
- Fill a pot about 3" deep with the oil and heat to 350 degrees.
- When hot, add the pasta, a spoonful at a time to the oil and cook, in batches 5-7 minutes or until golden brown and slightly crispy. Remove pasta with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
- Serve with marinara sauce.
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