Instant Pot Grandma’s Pasta Salad

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recipe by Ruth McCusker

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Grandma’s Pasta Salad

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recipe updated Apr 14, 2020


  • Sugar icon
    3 tbsp (38g)
  • White vinegar icon
    White vinegar
    3 tbsp (44ml)
  • Onion icon
    about ¼ cup (54g)
  • Water icon
    2.5 cups (600ml)
  • Salt icon
    1 tsp (6g)
  • Pasta icon
    2 cups (173g)
  • Mustard icon
    1 tbsp (15g)
  • Miracle whip icon
    Miracle whip
    about ¾ cup (180g)
  • Celery seeds icon
    Celery seeds
    about ¼ tsp (1g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Celery stalk icon
    Celery stalk
    about ½ cup (61g)
  • Cheddar cheese icon
    Cheddar cheese
    ½ cup


  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Add sugar, white vinegar and onion to a clean small bowl
  2. Mix together then set aside
  3. Add water, salt and pasta to the inner pot
  4. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  5. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 5 min
  6. Quick release
  7. Drain
  8. Add mustard, miracle whip, celery seeds and salt & pepper to a clean medium bowl
  9. Whisk until combined
  10. Transfer onion mixture to dressing and mix
  11. Transfer dressing to pasta
  12. Add celery stalk and cheddar cheese to the pasta
  13. Stir well
  14. Chill in fridge
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