The article suggests that there are alternative options to traditional chips and crackers for serving with dips. It introduces the idea of using pasta, specifically farfalle (bowtie pasta), which can be cooked and air-fried to create crispy chips. The process involves boiling the pasta, tossing it in olive oil and spices, and air-frying until crispy. Farfalle is recommended for its shape and rigidity, making it a good choice for scooping up hearty dips. The article also mentions other pasta varieties, such as lasagna sheets, rigatoni, and chow fun noodles, that can be transformed into crunchy chips and paired with different dips.