Grandma’s Pasta Salad

Who doesn't love a good ol' pasta salad? Especially when it's grandma's recipe. Put together this fan-favorite and serve as a delicious side!

Grandma’s Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 4

Cooking Methods: Pressure cook

By: Ruth McCusker



1/3 cup diced onion

3 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons vinegar

2 1/2 cups Water

2 cups small pasta

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup mayo or Miracle Whip

1 tablespoon mustard

1/4 teaspoon celery seed

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup chopped celery

2 ounces cheddar diced



  1. Mix together the onion, sugar and vinegar and set aside.
  2. Put the water, salt and pasta in the Instant Pot and give it a stir. Close the lid, make sure the valve is set to Sealing and push the Pressure Cook (or Manual) button. Adjust time using the + and - buttons to get to 5 minutes.
  3. When it beeps that it's done, flip the valve from Sealing to Venting for a quick release and when the pin drops, remove the lid. Drain the pasta.
  4. Whisk together the mayo, mustard, celery seed, salt and pepper. Add the onion/vinegar mixture and pour over the pasta. Add the celery and cheese cubes and stir well. Refrigerate for several hours to develop the flavour.