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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 in a bowl plated next to a container of cajun seasoning and a small bowl of Marinara sauce

This unique appetizer/snack is fun to make and comes together quickly.  It’ll definitely be a conversation starter at your next gathering.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Pasta: I used bowtie pasta (farfalle). Just about any pasta will do here, so use your favorite.
  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour.
  • Egg: Use 1 egg.
  • Heavy Cream: Use 1/4 cup.
  • Water: Use 1/4 cup.
  • Bread Crumbs: Seasoned bread crumbs to coat the pasta.
  • Cajun Seasoning: Use more or less depending on your taste preference.
  • Canola Oil: For frying.
  • Marinara Sauce: Optional dipping sauce.
Overhead view of a bowl of Fried Pasta plated next to a container of cajun seasoning, a box of bowtie pasta on its side, and a small bowl of Marinara sauce

How to Make This Recipe

  1. Cook bowtie pasta according to the package directions. Drain the water and rinse with cold water. Drain again, then put the pasta in a big bowl.
Cooked pasta in a colander

2. Mix in 1/2 cup flour.

Cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl topped with flour

3. 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.

Egg, heavy cream, and water mixture mixed into the cooked pasta in a large mixing bowl

4. 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.

Bread crumbs and cajun seasoning added to the cooked pasta mixture in a large mixing bowl

5. 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.

6. Cook, stirring gently for 5-7 minutes or until pasta is golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside.

Canola oil boiling in a large pot

7. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pasta from the oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate.

Fried Pasta draining on a paper towel

Expert Tips

  • Don’t overcrowd the saucepan when frying the pasta. Add the pasta a little at a time, in batches.
  • Try to maintain a constant temperature of 350 degrees. You will need a thermometer to make sure the oil is always at the correct temperature. Make sure that the tip of the thermometer is not touching the bottom of the pan.
  • Allow the fried bowtie pasta to drain on a paper towel before eating.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Best Pasta Shape To Use When Making Fried Pasta?

I prefer using bowtie (farfalle) pasta, but feel free to use any short pasta that could scoop the dipping sauce. Shells or rigatoni would work too.

Do I Have To Use A Thermometer For My Oil?

I recommend using a thermometer, it’s the best way to know the exact temperature of your oil. If you don’t keep the temperature of the oil at 350 degrees, you are likely to end up with bowtie pasta that’s greasy on the outside and undercooked on the inside.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this fried bowtie pasta recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Enjoy!

 


Fried Bowtie Pasta

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Fried Bowtie Pasta – cooked pasta seasoned with cajun spices and fried. A crisp and tasty Louisiana snack served with a marinara dipping sauce.

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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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29 Comments

  1. Uh, YUM! I’ve never heard of fried pasta but I’m going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing!
    – Kristy #txwb

  2. All thoughts of a diet went out the window when I saw these. I love the concept. I’ve heard of fried ravioli but never tried it and I’m assuming that this is close, only with a Cajun twist. Wow!

  3. Joanie,
    What a terrific idea! You just have to wonder if the original fried pasta came from a cook who needed to feed somebody something new & different, yet only had cooked pasta, an egg, some cream and spices on hand. And oil. Plenty of oil. I’m thinking some sort of imperious king demanding a new dish or something.
    This looks delicious and thank you for speeding up your process to get it published!

  4. I’ve always wanted to try frying pasta and yours sounds perfect with the cajun seasonings!! Delicious!!

  5. This is blowing my mind. It’s PASTA. And it’s FRIED. It looks so good!

  6. I am pretty sure the entire bowl would be gone if it was near me. I have never had fried pasta, not even fried ravioli, but it looks amazing.

  7. I’ve never had these…but they look amazing. It’s hard to believe they are not main stream fare!

  8. I have to try this! I love fried ravioli, but never really thought about frying a non-stuffed pasta. Now, I’m not going to be able to get it out of my head until I do. So good.