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Instant Pot Macaroni Salad

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This is my absolute favorite recipe. My go-to when we’re asked to a cookout and everybody seems to love it. It’s really easy to make and I highly suggest making it the night before and refrigerating overnight, as the sauce will be runny, but will soak into the pasta overnight to mesh the flavors even more!

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1 1/2 cups small shell macaroni or ditalini pasta

2 1/2 cups water

3 large eggs

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup celery, diced

1/4 cup red onion, diced

1 tsp mustard powder (or 2 Tbsp prepared mustard)

3/4 cup mayonnaise (As much as we love Duke’s mayonnaise, I do not recommend it for this recipe. The amazing flavor of Duke’s does not mesh well with the other ingredients in this macaroni salad)

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/3 cup sugar

Additional salt and pepper, to taste




  • Place pasta, eggs, salt, and water into your instant pot. Secure lid and switch vent to “seal.” Set on high pressure for 5 minutes. It will take 5-10 minutes for your IP to come to pressure. When cooking is complete, manual release. Drain macaroni and eggs. (We recommend THESE to protect your hands while doing this.)
  • When eggs are cooled, peel and dice.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together mayonnaise, mustard powder, white vinegar, and sugar until smooth.
  • Add celery, onions, pasta, and eggs. Mix to coat.
  • Cover and let refrigerate a few hours or overnight. Stir well before serving.





  • Lynnette

    I used your recipie for just how to cook the pasta as I have a different dresding I use. The pasta turned out very al dente (a little chewy but done). I am sure for your recipe it will soften, but for anyone wanting to know cook times for this type of pasta I would say a little longer. I used a 16 oz bag and I am guessing maybe 7 -8 min may be better for softer pasta. Do you know the cook time for just cooking pasta??

    • coffeemomrepeat

      I am not sure what the cooking time is for just the pasta… I did everything all at once and my noodles were perfect!

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