Fried Bowtie Pasta – cooked pasta seasoned with cajun spices and fried. A crisp and tasty Louisiana snack served with a marinara dipping sauce.
There are a series of steps I usually follow when creating a recipe. First, I write down each step and the ingredients used. Next, I make the recipe again using my notes as a reference. Many times, I’ll even make it again, just to be sure. Then, I write out my blog post, edit the pictures and finally, after I’ve checked and rechecked everything, I publish it to the blog. This entire process usually takes me one to two weeks, sometimes longer depending on how creative I’ve been in the kitchen that week. It’s not a quick process because I’m too much of a perfectionist(a fault I’m working hard to overcome ). When I made this Fried Bowtie Pasta recipe the other day, I knew I had to speed up the process. It was just too fantastic to keep to myself. I’ve since made Fried Bowtie Pasta several more times and am so excited to share it with you in time for any Super Bowl festivities you might be having. It’s a unique little snack with the perfect amount of cajun spices.
Fried Bowtie Pasta may sound a little strange but trust me on this, it’s pretty amazing. I first tried Fried Bowtie Pasta many years ago at a restaurant in New Orleans called Copeland’s. If you’re from Louisiana, you’ve probably either heard of it or have eaten there. Copeland’s is…was…owned by Al Copeland who started the Popeye’s Fried Chicken chain. When I lived in New Orleans, Copeland’s used to be the place to go for really good, high calorie, saucy-type Louisiana foods.
We traveled back home a few weeks ago to attend the funeral of a close friend of ours and stopped for dinner at the Copeland’s in my hometown. I was surprised to see Fried Bowtie Pasta on the menu because I hadn’t had it anywhere else. Of course we had to order it because our kids couldn’t believe there was such a thing. The whole “fried pasta” idea seemed a little too good to be true to them.
Well, it was completely no surprise that they loved the Fried Pasta and it was as good as I remembered. My husband turned to me and said, “you know, you really should make this”. I just smiled knowing I most certainly would.
Fried Pasta is just that. 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 it’s 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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