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Best Instant Pot Macaroni Salad
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Best Instant Pot Macaroni Salad

Instant Pot Macaroni Salad. Let me introduce you to one of the best beginner uses of the instant pot and that is making the best instant pot macaroni salad. Incredibly quick and easy in the instant pot, no draining of the macaroni and perfect for serving from the instant pot inner pot.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Servings: 6
Calories: 399kcal


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Instant Pot Macaroni Pasta Recipe Ingredients:


  • Load macaroni into the instant pot with a teaspoon of salt and 3 cups of water. Place the lid on the instant pot, set the valve to sealing and cook for 3 minutes on manual/pressure cook. Also allow 5 minutes of natural pressure release.
  • While the macaroni cooks prepare your salad ingredients. Peel and thinly dice your red onion. Dice your red pepper into medium chunks. Clean and slice your celery. Peel and grate your carrot. Portion a cup each of frozen sweetcorn and frozen peas.
  • After your instant pot has done 5 minutes of natural pressure release, manually release pressure.
  • Load into the instant pot your peas and sweetcorn along with mayonnaise, seasoning and soft cheese.
  • Mix for a couple of minutes and the heat from the pasta will naturally thaw your peas and sweetcorn.
  • Add in your salad bits and stir.
  • Add in skimmed milk and stir.
  • For an extra option at the end, wait until it is cool and add in small chunks of cheddar cheese and stir. Only works if it is cool though as otherwise the cheddar will melt.


I recommend adding in some skimmed milk at the end as it will stop the macaroni salad from going too thick and make it better if not eating straight away.
If you feel it is not creamy enough, add extra soft cheese and extra mayonnaise.
You can mix and match with your favourite salad items.


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2060IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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