If you haven’t tried Creamy Pasta Salad you are in for a treat! Creamy Pasta Salad is loaded with our favorite ingredients, bacon, green onions, cheese and of course pasta in a delicious creamy sauce. I suppose that’s why we call it Creamy Pasta Salad! haha

Creamy Pasta Salad

This super simple recipe is a standard recipe at family pot luck socials or even a weekend BBQ in the backyard. Tried, Tested and True even those little ones can help make this salad, with a little help of course.

When we BBQ we enjoy only the best and our favorite recipes, we have so many that it’s fun to make small batches so we can enjoy them all. That’s why this small recipe is ideal using only 8oz of pasta. You can of course use any shape of pasta you wish, we prefer the double curl in these Cellentani Pasta.

With a recipe as easy as this one you can cook the pasta on the Stove, but let me tell you that cooking pasta in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker is so much better! The pasta can be infused with flavor and absorb the liquid when cooked with the Instant Pot which I love.

Creamy Pasta Salad

That’s why I love to cook with Chicken Broth. All that yummy broth is absorbed into the noodles for extra flavor which really sets it apart from other pasta recipes.

Of course there are variations to making a Creamy Pasta Salad which is also fun. This recipe reminds me of a Loaded Potato Salad, which is another favorite of ours and also very simple to make too. Really you can’t go wrong on either of these recipes.

Ingredients for Creamy Pasta Salad

  • 8oz Cellentani Pasta
  • 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 6 Slices Cooked Bacon
  • 1 Bunch Green Onions
  • Cheddar Cheese (Shredded)
  • 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbs Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbs Seasoned Salt

How to Make Creamy Pasta Salad

  1. Place Chicken Broth in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker and add Pasta
  2. Set Instant Pot to Manual/Pressure Cook for 4 minutes with a 4 minute Natural Pressure Release
  3. Remove Pasta and rinse under cold water. Drain and place in bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl combine Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, Dijon Mustard, and Season Salt and mix to combine.
  5. Dice Green Onions and toss with pasta
  6. Slice cooked bacon into pieces and toss with pasta
  7. Add Mayonnaise mixture and stir to combine
  8. Mix in grated Cheddar Cheese leaving some for garnish on top.
  9. Keep cold until ready to serve.
Instant Pot Pasta Salad

This recipe could easily be considered a basic or easy Instant Pot Recipe as it’s very simple. I love the convenience of how quick it is to make Creamy Pasta Salad.

Don’t be confused by a Classic Macaroni Salad which is also delish and easy to make. This recipe is a fun change to the classic and loaded with bacon, green onions, and cheddar cheese. But you can’t go wrong with either recipe.

I’m often asked about why I like to cook with my Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker. The answer is really simple. It saves me time! Let me explain.

Not all recipes are made in less cooking or processing time. But what it does allow me is to multitask while ingredients are cooking. I’m no longer stuck stirring a pot on the stove or having a boil over to clean up. I can do laundry, set the table, clean up dirty dishes or read a book to a child.

Multitasking saves me time after time and I love it. I’ve got more great Instant Pot FAQ’s and fun facts on my How To Instant Pot post. Make sure to check it out!

Can I make Creamy Pasta Salad ahead of time?

Yes you can. Before Serving make sure to give the pasta a good stir to help combine flavors.

Can I freeze Creamy Pasta Salad

I would not recommend freezing Pasta Salad. The dairy products don’t tend to freeze well.

Which Brand of Mayo is Best?

Funny you should ask! I recently asked more than 1,000 people which brand Mayo is best. The results were eye opening. The vast majority said Duke’s was the best with Best Foods or Hellmanns coming in second.

Make sure to choose the brand you like best.

Can I Substitute Water for Chicken Broth?

Of course you can! However, keep in mind that the Chicken Broth adds a lot of flavor to the pasta. You will want to add some additional salt when cooking pasta or even use Vegetable Broth is a good alternative.

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Creamy Pasta Salad

If you haven't tried Creamy Pasta Salad you are in for a treat! Creamy Pasta Salad is loaded with our favorite ingredients, bacon, green onions, cheese and of course pasta in a delicious creamy sauce. I suppose that's why we call it Creamy Pasta Salad!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Natural Pressure Release4 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon Pasta Salad, BLT Pasta Salad, Creamy Pasta Salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 349kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Cellenani Pasta
  • 2 1/2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbs Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbs Seasoned Salt
  • 6 Slices Bacon Cooked
  • 1 Bunch Green Onion Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese Grated
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste

Instructions

  • Place Chicken Broth in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker and add Pasta
    Pasta with broth in Instant Pot
  • Set Instant Pot to Manual/Pressure Cook for 4 minutes with a 4 minute Natural Pressure Release
  • Remove Pasta and rinse under cold water. Drain and place in bowl. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl combine Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, Dijon Mustard, and Season Salt and mix to combine.
    Mayo, mustard, seasoned salt and sour cream in bowl
  • Dice Green Onions and toss with pasta
  • Slice cooked bacon into pieces and toss with pasta
  • Add Mayonnaise mixture and stir to combine
    Creamy Pasta Salad mixed with sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Mix in grated Cheddar Cheese leaving some for garnish on top.
    Creamy Pasta Salad
  • Keep cold until ready to serve.

Notes

Stove Top Directions:

  1. Cook Pasta According to package instructions using Chicken Broth to cook pasta.  Additional water might need to be added as per package instructions
  2.  Rinse and drain pasta under cool water
  3. Mix Mayonnaise, sour cream, dijon mustard, seasoned salt and stir to combine.  Set aside
  4. Dice green onions and slice cooked bacon and toss with cold pasta
  5. Add mayo mixture and stir to combine
  6. Stir Cheddar Cheese reserving some for garnish
  7. Store Pasta Salad in refrigerator until ready to serve.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 1787mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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