Pepperoni Pasta Salad the PERFECT Pot Luck Salad. We are a BBQ kind of family which means all sorts of amazingly yummy Pasta Salad Recipes and who doesn’t love Pepperoni? It’s America’s #1 Pizza Topping!

Instant Pot Pepperoni Pasta Sald in bowl

Ready in 60 mins | Perfect as Sid Dish | 6 Qt Pressure Cooker

I know you love to BBQ and attend Pot Lucks as much as I do, so here is a fabulous easy recipe to try.  We have loved making Pepperoni Pasta Salad because of how easy it is to make and how it packs a punch of flavors that we love. Plus my picky eater loves the mini Pepperoni and the Mozzarella Medallions are a total hit too!

Ingredients, Pasta, Tomatoes, cheese, pepperoni, Olives

I use Tri Color noodles.  Why?  Well, I love the garden noodles and how it adds to the color of the Pasta Salad but the flavor too.  Who doesn’t need a little more veggies in their diet anyways?  I sure do. 

This recipe is simple and uses ingredients you likely have at home too.  Your local grocery store will have the Mini Pepperoni as well as the Mozzarella Medallions so don’t worry, they are easy to find!

bowl with Cheese, Pepperoni, Olives, Tomatoes for Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Cold Pasta Salad

Pasta Salads are our favorites because of how easy they are to make and a perfect Summer Side Dish or Dinner Recipe.  You can add or substitute to this Pepperoni Pasta Salad Recipe by adding your favorite Pizza toppings too.  Throw in mushrooms, or bell peppers for some added texture and taste too.

Making the Dressing is super simple as well.  You can always use a bottled Italian Dressing or make your own with some Vegetable Oil and Red Wine Vinegar and Italian Seasonings.  Don’t forget to throw in a few Red Pepper Flakes.  It gives a little kick to the Cold Pasta Salad that is perfect!

Cold Pepperoni Pasta salad with Tri Color Noodles on Blue towel with wooden spoon

How to make Pepperoni Pasta Salad?

Pepperoni Pasta Salad can be made on the Stove Top or the Instant Pot.  I have included both in the Recipe Card below!

Tri Colored Pasta Salad

I choose to make Cold Pepperoni Pasta Salad with Tri color Noodles.  I love the look it gives to the salad as well as the flavor of using Garden noodles.  You can however use plain noodles.

Pot Luck Pasta Salad in bowl

Is Pizza Pasta Salad and Pepperoni Pasta Salad the same thing?

Yes!  Make Pizza Pasta Salad or Cold Pepperoni Pasta Salad Recipe using the same or similar ingredients.  It’s a cold pot luck salad that complements any meal

How much Pasta Salad per person?

Generally speaking you would want about 4-5 ounces of Pasta Salad per person.

Close Up Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad in Bowl

Can Pasta Salad be Gluten Free?

Of course it can, but you must use Gluten Free Pasta and other Gluten Free Ingredients.  Cooking Gluten Free Pasta in the Instant Pot or on the Stove will take additional time.

Can Pasta Salad be made the day ahead?

We all know what it’s like to make things right when we need them, so go ahead and make this salad the day before.  Just hold off adding the Italian Dressing until you are ready to serve.  The pasta will absorb all the Italian Dressing if you pour it on the day before.

Mixing Pepperoni, Cheese, Olives and Pasta

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Yield: 6-8 Servings

Pizza Pasta Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad

Awesome Summer Pasta Salad, perfect for Pot Lucks, BBQ, and Family Gatherings. Cold Pepperoni Pasta Salad is perfect using Tri Color Pasta in a delicious Italian Dressing. Family and friends will love how easy Pepperoni Pasta Salad is to make using your Instant Pot pressure cooker or stove top.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 35 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Tri Colored Rotini Pasta
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 8 oz Mini Pepperoni
  • 4 oz Sliced Olives
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes ~ Sliced in half
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Pearls
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 1/4 Cup Italian Dressing

Instructions

Instant Pot Directions:

  1. Place water and Tri Colored Rotini in Instant Pot. Set to Manual (Pressure Cook) High for 3 mins with a 3 minute natural release
  2. Rinse Pasta under cold water and place in the refrigerator for 30-45 mins
  3. In a separate large bowl Combine cooked cooled pasta, Pepperoni, sliced Tomatoes, Olives, Mozzarella Pearls, and grated Parmesan Cheese. Toss to combine
  4. Pour Italian Dressing over top just before serving, and toss so everything is coated.
  5. Store in Refrigerator until ready to eat. Leftovers can be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Stove Top Directions:

  1. Follow directions on Pasta package for cooking instructions
  2. Rinse Pasta under cold water and place in the refrigerator for 30-45 mins
  3. In a separate large bowl Combine cooked cooled pasta, Pepperoni, sliced Tomatoes, Olives, Mozzarella Pearls, and grated Parmesan Cheese. Toss to combine
  4. Pour Italian Dressing over top just before serving, and toss so everything is coated.
  5. Store in Refrigerator until ready to eat. Leftovers can be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Notes

Substitutions:

Make your own Italian Dressing with:

3/4 Cup Olive Oil

1/2 Cup Red Wine Vinegar

2 tsp Oregano

1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Pepper

1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 403 Total Fat: 29g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 17g Cholesterol: 44mg Sodium: 1194mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 6g Protein: 13g
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