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Colorful Fried Pasta Snacks with Variations

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked colored twist pasta
  • 1 quart corn oil (approximately)
  • 1/4 cup granulated or confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon or orange peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well. Spread in a single layer on wax paper-lined cookie sheet and dry for 20 minutes.
  2. Pour corn oil into electric skillet, filling no more than one-third full. Heat to 375 degrees F.
  3. Carefully add pasta to hot oil, a few at a time. Fry for about 1 minute, turning once, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Repeat until all pasta is fried, adding oil as needed.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir sugar, lemon peel and salt until well mixed. Toss pasta with sugar mixture until coated.
  5. Store in a tightly covered container.

Yield: 3 cups

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