Super Simple Summer Pasta Salad

  • Author: Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: pressure cook


This chill summer pasta salad is perfectly refreshing on a hot day and a tasty way to enjoy fresh summer tomatoes! It’s easy to whip up for a quick lunch, a simple addition to a cookout, or great to prep ahead at the beginning of the week and enjoy all week long.



  • 2 1/2 cups dried macaroni noodles
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1/2 cup fresh peas, steamed
  • 1/2 cup cooked, chopped bacon
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped tomatoes


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil, or 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil


  1. Combine the macaroni and 2 3/4 cups of water in the Instant Pot. Add 1/2 tsp kosher salt. Place the lid on and turn the valve to sealing. Set the cook time for 3 minutes on high pressure. When the cook time is complete, quick release the pressure. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Add the remaining pasta salad ingredients to the cooked macaroni– the cheese, peas, bacon, and tomatoes.
  3. Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small jar, then pour over the pasta salad mixture. Toss well to incorporate. Enjoy immediately or (even better) chill before serving.