Hi there, friends! Today’s recipe is basically cleaning out the pantry and using what we have. We were in the mood for pasta, but not in a traditional sense with red sauce. We were thinking a cold pasta salad sounded good. This pasta salad made in the instant pot is great for a side dish, picnic, or party gathering. That is when we can gather. Some of our families are large and this makes plenty. Make a few burgers and you’re all set for dinner or lunch! You may also enjoy our healthy and delicious cold carrot salad.


We had one box of bow tie pasta, a few grape tomatoes, chicken broth, and a can of Hormel chicken salad. The canned chicken we have on hand often and use it to make chicken salad sandwiches or even buffalo chicken dip. You can get the recipe for Buffalo Chicken dip right off the bottle of Frank’s hot sauce. It’s so good and great for parties or snacks any time.

How to make Pasta Salad in the Instant Pot

This was a simple and tasty pasta salad. The secret was the white balsamic, and a little bit of olive oil is the trick to not getting dry sticky pasta salad.

We also like to use bow ties because the olive oil seems to catch just right in the little pockets you see.

How to make pasta in the Instant Pot

Plus Bow tie pasta really cooks up nicely in the Instant Pot. They don’t stick together as some kinds of pasta may. Spaghetti can be tricky, but we have mastered spaghetti in the Instant Pot HERE too.

pasta in the Instant Pot recipe

We only had a few grape tomatoes left so those got thrown in the pot along with 3 cups of chicken broth. The chicken broth gives the pasta a nice flavor.

Instant Pot pasta salad

After the pasta is drained it goes right back in the pot and ready to add a few more ingredients, mix well with a spurtle, and refrigerate for one hour before serving.

Pasta Salad in the Instant Pot

Creative Additions

Obviously, you can add whatever you like to this pasta salad. If you have celery, carrots, onions, hard-boiled eggs, etc. We made it super basic, but let me tell you, it was perfect as is! Sometimes having too much pasta salad gets overwhelming. This pasta salad would go great with our Instant Pot Hamburgers or our BBQ hamburgers.

Instant Pot Pasta Salad made in 10 minutes

Pasta Salad Made in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Pasta Salad

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • Instant Pot
  • Ninja Foodi
  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1 lb Bow tie Pasta You can use elbow
  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup White balsamic (Alessi) You can use regular balsamic
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1-2 cans Chicken breast (we used Hormel) or Swanson any brand will do. You can use two 5 oz. cans or 1 large 12.5 oz. can
  • 1 tbsp Celery salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 3 cups Chicken broth
  • 1 cup Water
  • Grape tomatoes (as many as you like)
  • croutons optional


  • Add chicken broth, water and tomatoes to the Pressure Cooker
  • Sprinkle pasta in sections, and lightly submerge as you go. DO NOT mix. Just be sure all the pasta is submerged in the broth and water
  • Place lid on pot, set to seal, pressure cook for 6 minutes on High Pressure
  • Quick release. Drain pasta in a collander, do NOT rinse. Dump pasta back in pot and let sit for about 10 minutes before proceeding to mixing.
  • Add one can of chicken, or two depending on size mayonnaise, olive oil, balsamic and celery salt. Mix well using spurtle. Remove stainless liner and put a lid or foil top of the pot. Place in refridgerator for one hour before ready to serve.
  • When you remove the pasta from being chilled, I also recommend just a splash more of balsamic and mix well. Enjoy topped with croutons.

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