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Instant Pot Spring Vegetables Pasta Salad

Instant Pot Spring Vegetables Pasta Salad made with penne in the Instant Pot and tossed in olive oil. This pasta salad is served with fresh sugar snap peas and asparagus then garnished with Parmesan cheese.

Instant Pot Pasta

Making pasta in the Instant Pot is quick, easy, and stress-free once you learn these tricks:

  • For every 6 ounces of pasta use 1 cup of water
  • Submerge the pasta completely underwater
  • Stagger the pasta pieces so that they don’t stick together (especially helpful for spaghetti noodles)
  • Pressure cook the pasta for half the time it takes on the stovetop minus 1 minute

It’s really that simple!  For this pasta salad, it only takes 4 minutes in the pressure cooker to create al dente penne pasta.  Everything else for this pasta is done on the WARM mode.

Instant Pot Spring Vegetable pasta made with sugar snap peas and fresh asparagus.

Instant Pot Spring Vegetables Pasta Salad

After the penne pasta has pressure cooked and the pressure is slowly and carefully released, the spring vegetables are added.

It’s important to release the pressure slowly so that the water that is under pressure doesn’t spew from the valve.  That can get quite messy!

Take your time releasing the pressure and you won’t have a mess!!

Once the pressure is released the lid is removed.  Toss the pasta with olive oil and add in the 1-inch pieces of asparagus and the sugar snap peas.

Close the lid and allow the asparagus and peas to warm in the Instant Pot and tenderize for 2 minutes.  Once the time is up, give the pasta salad a stir, remove it from the pot and sprinkle it with your desired amount of salt and pepper.

Finish the pasta salad off by garnishing it with grated Parmesan cheese.

Snap peas and asparagus served with penne noodles and garnished with cheese.

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Instant Pot Spring Vegetables Potluck Pasta Salad

This spring vegetables pasta salad is so incredibly simple to make.  It’s perfect for potlucks because it doesn’t need to be kept warm and it’s a tasty and fresh dish to serve!

The combination of sugar snap peas and fresh asparagus gives a wonderful balance to this salad and it’s one your guests will love!  It also makes for a quick and easy side at dinnertime!

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Yield: 6 Servings

Instant Pot Spring Vegetables Pasta Salad

Instant Pot Spring Vegetables Pasta Salad

Penne pasta made in the Instant Pot and tossed in olive oil and served with fresh sugar snap peas and asparagus then garnished with Parmesan cheese. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz penne pasta
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut in half
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Parmesan Cheese, for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups water

Instructions

  1. Add the 16 ounces of penne pasta to the inner liner of the pressure cooker.
  2. Add in 4 cups of water.
  3. Close the lid and set the pressure cooker to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes.
  4. Once the pasta is done pressure cooking, slowly release pressure to avoid water from spewing from the valve.
  5. Set the pressure cooker to WARM and add in the olive oil, asparagus, and sugar snap peas.
  6. Toss the salad inside the pot and replace the lid for about 2 minutes.
  7. Remove from the pot and serve with the desired amount of salt and pepper.
  8. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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Kristin

Wednesday 31st of July 2019

Do you think this would work with Gluten free pasta?

Dana

Wednesday 31st of July 2019

Hi Kristin,

I think that it would work fine. The Barilla brand seems to be a popular brand to use when pressure cooking gluten-free pasta in the Instant Pot community. If you try it, let me know how it works out!

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