Chili Crisp Pasta

June 05, 2024

I like this recipe because it requires zero prep, and is an exciting and tasty option that is vegetarian. It also can be quite suitable for the DASH diet as there is no additional salt and chili crisp is low in sodium (check the brand that you use to make sure of this). Depending on the pasta that is used, or by substituting the cheese it can even be suitable for a Vegan diet. In the pictured version of this recipe I’ve actually used Rafetto’s fresh spinach pasta which is made with actual spinach and has some dietary fiber content which makes it slightly healthier than a traditional pasta.

Chili Crisp (sometimes labeled Chile Crisp or Chili Crunch) is a popular condiment that is growing in popularity. They usually contain some sort of oil, a mixture of chiles, garlic, onions and other spices.

My favorite brand is Xi’an Famous Foods Chili Oil & Crisps. xi'an famous foods chili oil and crisps

Another great version is the one sold by Momofuku. momofuku chili crunch

  • 6 servings
  • 0
  • 20 mins
  • 20 mins
  • Ingredients

    • 16 ounces noodles, uncooked
    • 8 ounces baby spinach, rinsed
    • 1 Tbsp. chile crisp
    • 1.5 ounces parmesan cheese
    • 8 ounces skim milk
    • 4 tbsp. olive oil
    • Lemon Juice
    This recipe can be suitable for the following restricted diets:
    • DASH
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan (with modifications)
    • Low Salt



    1. In a large pan, heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of chile crisp. Let this simmer while you begin boiling the water to cook the pasta.
    2. In a separate pot bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
    3. While the pasta is cooking, add the milk to the chile crisp oil and turn the heat to the lowest simmer setting while the pasta cooks.
    4. When the pasta is al dente, use tongs to transfer it directly from the cooking water into the pot with the chile crisp and milk sauce.
    5. Add the spinach and stir for 1 minute.
    6. Add the parmesan cream and adjust seasonings to taste.
    7. Serve immediately. Add pepper, reserved parmesan cheese, or additional chile crisp to taste.

    This recipe was adapted from:

      Written by Will Chiong who lives and works in New York building useful things.