Pasta has always been one of my favorite foods, whether it’s plain with butter, paired with meatballs and tomato sauce, or topped with pesto. Therefore, I was delighted to discover Pasta Chips, which combine pasta with one of my favorite snacks!

Nothing like your ordinary chips or crackers, Vintage Italia’s Pasta Chips and Pasta Bow Ties are made of fresh baked pasta dough. The best part? They are healthier than other snacks with additional protein, 60 percent less fat than potato chips, and 20 percent less fat than pita chips. And let me assure you that they actually taste like pasta - the crunchy version.

Founder of Vintage Italia Jerry Bello was experimenting in the kitchen one day and discovered the ideal combination of fresh baked pasta dough, olive oil and a dash of sea salt to create a new category of snacks. In 2016 he launched “Pasta Bow Ties,” which are crunchy, puffy and extremely flavorful, taking the shape of classic bow tie pasta. With only 120 calories per serving, you can snack guilt-free so there is no excuse not to pick up a bag!

“Snacking pasta” quickly became one of my new favorite snacks as I tried bow-tie flavors ranging from Honey Butter to Creamy Ranch to Meatball Parm to Smooth Cheddar. I especially enjoyed the Honey Butter flavor and each bite encompassed the ideal combination of sweet and salty. I also loved the Mediterranean Sea Salt flavor, pairing it with a classic hummus for the perfect afternoon snack.

You can find them at Albertsons, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Publix and a variety of other retail stores so be sure to grab a bag or two as pool party and barbecue season is upon us! No matter what the occasion – whether you’re having friends over to watch the NBA playoffs, hosting a start-to-summer BBQ, or need an afternoon pick-me-up, Pasta Chips are a go-to snack for any occasion.