10 mins
5 mins
Serves 4

Air Fryer Pasta Skewers

Mozzaand fresh basil add texture, flavor and Italian flair to this crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe that takes advantage of leftover penne pasta. For mini cocktail skewers, adjust skewer size to preferred length.
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  • Line air-fryer basket with parchment paper. Preheat air fryer to 400°F (200°C) according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Thread leftover pasta onto skewers, dividing evenly.
  • Working in batches if necessary to avoid crowding, arrange skewers in air-fryer basket. Spoon 2 tbsp (30 mL) Mutti Simply Sugo over each pasta skewer. Sprinkle each with about 3 tbsp (45 mL) mozzarella. Drizzle each with 3/4 tsp (3 mL) oil.
  • Air-fry skewers for 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese has melted and pasta is heated through.
  • Garnish with basil to serve.
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For best results, use Italpasta Penne Rigate that’s been prepared and tossed with marinara sauce 1 day ahead.
For leftover cooked penne in sauce, cook 1 pkg (454 g) Italpasta Penne Rigate according to package directions. Toss with 1 jar (398 mL) Mutti Ready Made Sauce heated according to package directions.
Alternatively, use leftover cooked penne without sauce or that has been tossed with olive oil or butter. Use as above but double amount of Mutti Simply Sugo so that penne is well coated before air-frying.  
For extra creaminess, slide a little piece of cheese inside each tube of penne before skewering.
If using bamboo wooden skewers, soak in water for 10 to 15 minutes before skewering to prevent charring.