Say Goodbye to Boiling: Air Fryer Pasta Made Easy

Indulge in a cheesy, saucy, and hassle-free one-pot air fryer baked pasta that’s incredibly simple and quick to prepare. Bid farewell to boiling pasta separately – with just an air fryer, you can easily cook this delectable dish. Sometimes, simplicity is truly the best!

Closeup of air fryer baked pasta in red sauce being eaten with a fork

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There are countless variations of pasta recipes out there when it comes to flavors and shapes. However, the cooking techniques remain rather limited. That is until now.

Introducing Baked Pasta, a game-changer in the world of pasta. This recipe stands apart as a no-boil, one-pan air fryer delight, offering maximum convenience. Perfect for busy mornings, quick lunch breaks, or any time you crave something delicious. Trust me, once you try this recipe, it will become a lifelong favorite.

You might wonder, “No boil? How does that work?” Let me explain: we include water along with the sauce when baking, allowing it to cook the pasta to perfection. It’s unbelievably simple – you just have to give it a try!

Ingredients for Air Fryer Baked Pasta

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  • Melted Butter and Oil: Combine both for an extra moist pasta.
  • Seasonings: Chili flakes, oregano, and finely chopped garlic – the golden trio.
  • Chopped Veggies: I used capsicum and mushrooms, but feel free to use your preferred vegetables.
  • Raw Fusili Pasta: Use any shape that fits conveniently into a baking dish. The best part? No boiling required!
  • Red Pasta Sauce: Choose your favorite store-bought or homemade tomato pasta sauce.
  • Water: The key ingredient to this pasta bake. It ensures your pasta is fully cooked.
  • Grated Mozzarella Cheese & Basil Leaves: These final touches create a delightful cheesy crust and herb topping.
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Additional Materials

  • Aluminium Foil: Line the base of the baking dish with foil for extra security in the air fryer, preventing overcooking.
  • Baking Dish: Ensure its size fits inside your Air Fryer. I recommend using a 7-inch round pan.
  • Air Fryer: I personally use the Nutricook 5.5L Air Fryer, but any similar model will work.

Richa’s Expert Tips for the Perfect Air Fryer Baked Pasta

  • Before baking, ensure the pasta is fully submerged in the water-sauce mixture.
  • If the pasta feels dry after baking, add 2-3 tablespoons of water and mix it through before adding the cheese topping.
  • To store the pasta for later, wrap the dish with cling film and refrigerate. Bring it back to room temperature and melt the cheese with a final bake before serving.

How to Make Air Fryer Baked Pasta

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  1. In a 7-inch round pan suitable for the Air Fryer, combine butter, oil, chili flakes, oregano seasoning, garlic, capsicum, mushrooms, raw pasta, red pasta sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar. Mix well, ensuring all ingredients are evenly distributed.

  2. Add water to the pan and mix lightly, ensuring the pasta is fully submerged.

  3. Wrap the pan with aluminum foil, covering the base for extra security. We want to cook the pasta until it’s perfectly moist, not burnt or overcooked.

  4. Bake at 180C for 45 minutes. Uncover the foil and mix the pasta well.

Step by step picture collage showing how to make air fryer baked pasta

  1. If the pasta feels dry, add 2-3 tablespoons of water and mix. Adjust the amount based on your preference.

  2. Sprinkle grated cheese and chopped basil on top. Bake at 200C for 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese melts to perfection. Serve immediately! If you plan to store it for later, cover it with cling film, refrigerate, and melt the cheese right before serving.

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Once you experience this no-boil pasta cooking technique, you’ll keep coming back for more. It offers unparalleled convenience without compromising on taste and texture. I’m excited to see your recreations of this baked pasta masterpiece, so feel free to share and tag me!

Red sauce pasta made in an air fryer served in a white bowl with melted cheese and basil on top

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