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Pasta Cookers Buying Guide

Cooking pasta is a relatively easy task, but it's important to pay attention. Pasta can quickly go from perfectly done to overcooked and limp. Also, if not served immediately, pasta can become cold and rubbery. With the right cooking equipment, you'll have perfect pasta every time.

Types of Pasta Cookers

Types of Pasta Cookers

For purists, the only way to cook pasta is in a pasta cooker. Resembling a colander, the pasta insert holds the pasta during cooking, and it's simply lifted to drain once the pasta is al dente (cooked to toothsome or just tender). This traditional style of pasta cooker is commonly made of stainless steel, providing even cooking and easy cleanup. However, with the popularity of microwaves and the need for quick meals, plastic pasta cookers are another option.

Stockpot with Pasta Insert

Many brands of cookware offer a stockpot with a pasta-cooker insert. Designed to fit perfectly into the pot, this insert is a good option. Two handles make it easy to lift the insert from the pan to drain.

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Calphalon
$74.95

Calphalon 1877053 Features: -Pasta insert with cover.-Heavy-gauge aluminum for even heating.-Stay cool handle.-Oven safe to 450 de...grees.-Dishwasher safe.-Triple-layer, PFOA-free and nonstick.-Capacity: 8 Quarts.-Designed to fit Calphalon Contemporary 8-qt. stock pots, this Pasta Insert is great for draining pasta, vegetables, potatoes, shrimp and more.-Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick combines durability and performance with fast clean-up and easy low-fat cooking.-Fits Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick and Stainless Steel 8-qt. stock pots.-Product Type: Insert.-Material: Aluminum.-Size: 5 - 8 Quarts.-Construction: 3-Ply.-Collection: Contemporary Nonstick.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 4.13.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 13.25.-Overall Product Weight: 3.4.Warranty: -Manufacturer provides lifetime warranty. read more

Demeyere
$114.99

Demeyere 41920 With the technology, workmanship, beauty, performance and comfort of the Atlantis series, we have endeavoured to at...tain the top level in our development of stainless steel cooking products, without forgetting tradition and the real pleasure of cooking. A wide range of specialized products such as conic saut�� pans, sauce pans, steam cookers, simmering pans and accessories have been created by us to appeal to even the most experienced of cooks. Practical design and applied technologies have been fine-tuned and used to suit every article in order to enhance the culinary value of typical preparations required of these items. Features: -Fits on deep stockpot with same diameter.-Solid, cast 18/10 stainless steel handles.-Handles remain cool.-Suitable for all types of hobs: gas, electric, induction.-High edge helps avoid boiling over.-Material: 18/10 Stainless Steel.-Cleaning and care: Dishwasher-resistant.-Specially Ordered from Belgium.-Unique polishing method called Silvinox for superior and shiny finish.-Product Type: Insert.-Material: Stainless Steel.-Size: 5 - 8 Quarts.-Collection: Atlantis.-Country of Manufacture: Belgium.Dimensions: -Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 7.7.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 7.9.Warranty: -Warranty: 30 year's guarantee (10 year's for professional use). read more

Calphalon
$79.95

Calphalon 1787601 Great for steaming vegetables and fish, making couscous, cooking tamales and other small packets of food, and ev...en reheating leftover rice, this Calphalon accessory is a must for every kitchen. Features: -6 Quart Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Pasta Insert.-Pot racks and other stylish, yet functional accessories for your kitchen..-Dishwasher safe.-Double loop handles.-Cast stainless steel handles are double-riveted for secure handling and durability.-Stainless steel construction.-Product Type: Insert.-Material: Stainless Steel.-Size: 5 - 8 Quarts.-Collection: Accessories.Warranty: -Lifetime Warranty. read more

Calphalon
$75.99

Find Cookware, Open Stock And Sets at Target.com! Designed to fit Calphalon Contemporary 8-qt. Stock pots, this Pasta Insert is gr...eat for draining pasta, vegetables, potatoes, shrimp and more. ��� Fits Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick and Stainless Steel 8-quart stock pots ��� Dishwasher safe for easy cleanup ��� Full lifetime warranty ��� Use for pasta, vegetables, seafood ��� Full lifetime warranty Color: Grey. read more

Stockpot with Drain Insert

Different from an insert that fits inside the pan and holds the pasta, this version is a stockpot that has a flat drainer attachment that locks over the edge of the pan, allowing the water to pour out through the drain holes while keeping the pasta in the pan. When space is limited for storing a stockpot as well as a pasta insert, this is a good alternative.

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Update International
$111.99

This unique 3-piece ensemble is ideal for pasta cooking endeavours. This set offers: (1) perforated pasta cooker, (1) pasta cooker..., (1) Cover. Its self-draining design eliminates carrying & spilling while draining. It features a mirror polish stainless steel construction which offers long lasting and easy to clean. Notice its 8 quart capacity, which is perfect for many tasks. Featuring an Induction Ready quality, which enables even heating throughout cooking sessions, makes this item a star in the cookhouse! It measures: 9-1/2 x 10. read more

Imperial Home
$79.99 $16.99

2qt. and 6qt. pots with locking perforated lids eliminate the need for a colander when making pasta or rinsing and straining foods... read more

Imperial Home
$89.99 $22.99

2qt. and 6qt. pots with locking perforated lids eliminate the need for a colander when making pasta or rinsing and straining foods... read more

Tramontina
$29.97

The Tramontina 6-Quart Lock and Drain Pasta Pot is specially designed for cooking pasta. This pot is also a multi-purpose cookware... piece that can cook all food items in minutes. The lock and drain feature of this electric pot easily allows you to... read more

Plastic

Plastic pasta cookers are designed to cook pasta in the microwave. Made of nontoxic polypropylene plastic (safe for microwaving), the cooker requires you to simply add water and pasta and follow cooking directions. This style features water-level guides as well as measuring holes in the lid to take the guesswork out of determining the amount of pasta to use.

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Lekue
$35.00

Natural cooking for healthy meals! This ingenious pasta cooker is perfect for cooking all types of pasta in the microwave. Faster,... easier and cleaner, it reinvents the way you cook pasta. First off, it’ll save you time since there’s no need to wait for your water to boil. Second, it’s even easier than boiling water. Simply follow the instructions on the pasta box.There’s no need to break your spaghetti in half, the vessel is long enough to accommodate it. Plus, you can wash, cook and drain all in the same vessel. The lid becomes the strainer/colander. Serves 3–4 people. Able to withstand temperatures from -76°F to 428°F.Whip up a tasty meal with these quick and easy Lékué recipes > Shop all Lékué >Download Lékué’s 10 Golden Rules for Microwave Cooking read more

Improvements
$14.99

M-Cuisine Microwave Pasta Cooker will change the way you make pasta forever!The M-Cuisine Microwave Pasta Cooker makes it simple t...o cook pasta right in the microwave and drain it quickly and easily. You can even serve from the same dish! Instructions included. Add pasta, cover with water, and microwave for the specified timeDesign integrates a spaghetti portion guide, a water-level indicator, and easy-carry edgesDishwasher safe for easy clean-upSuitable for use in microwave ovens up to 900 watts read more

Improvements
$14.99

M-Cuisine Microwave Pasta Cooker will change the way you make pasta forever!The M-Cuisine Microwave Pasta Cooker makes it simple t...o cook pasta right in the microwave and drain it quickly and easily. You can even serve from the same dish! Instructions... read more

Lekue
$24.95

Lekue Microwave Pasta Cooker Finally a microwave safe pasta cooker that can cook all sorts of varieties of pasta within minutes. T...he Lekue Pasta Cooker is specifically designed to wash, cook and drain your pasta in the same container, plus the lid becomes a colander. Use for a variety of pastas including spaghetti, angel hair, fresh pasta, capellini etc. Lekue's Platinum Silicone is a type of silicone that uses only platinum (precious metal) as a catalyst of heat, which increases its quality, apart from silicone��s other properties. It doesn��t leave residues and doesn��t alter the flavor of foods. Thanks to platinum silicone��s properties, all foods are cooked evenly. Lekue Microwave Pasta Cooker Features: Dishwasher safe: made in plastic and 100% platinum silicone For a wide variety of pastas including spaghetti, angel hair, fresh made pasta, noodles etc No need to boil water first; designed so water doesn't spill in the microwave while cooking Made in Spain Lekue Pasta Cooker Weight: 1lb Microwave Pasta Cooker Dimensions: 11 x 4 x 4.2 inches read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Although pasta can be cooked in a large stockpot, a pasta cooker is handy to have in the kitchen tool shed. Because pasta is inexpensive, it's a perfect base for family-style meals. Whether pasta is served in a main dish or a side dish, a pasta cooker will get repeated use.

Size

The most common size of stockpot with a pasta cooker insert is 8 quarts. The suggested amount of water needed to cook 1 pound of pasta is 4-6 quarts, so the slightly larger pot allows room for bubbling and boiling.

Set

Most pasta-cooker sets include a pot, lid, and pasta-cooker insert. Some sets also offer a steamer basket (for cooking vegetables, fish, and more). If you own a stockpot but not a pasta-cooker insert, check with the manufacturer of the cookware -- it may offer a pasta cooker that fits the stockpot.

Material

Most pasta-cooker inserts are stainless steel, which offers even heat conduction and consistent cooking results. Stainless steel does not react with food or alter foods' natural flavors.

Multipurpose

Because a pasta insert submerges the food in the water, this pan is also perfect for cooking shellfish, corn on the cob, and other vegetables.

Time-Saving

It usually takes 20-plus minutes to get the water boiling and cook pasta on the stovetop. So if you want to shave time off your meal prep, opt for a microwave pasta cooker. With this inexpensive, easy-to-store cooker, pasta cooks in 15 minutes or less.

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TRAMONTINA
$85.00 $49.99

The Gourmet Prima 18/10 stainless steel pasta insert lets you prepare your favorite pasta dinner without the hassle of straining a...nd draining in a separate colander. insert fits the Gourmet Prima 8-qt. stock pot can also be used to cook potatoes or blanch vegetables riveted, cast stainless steel handles compatible with gas, electric, ceramic glass and induction cooktops oven-safe to 500F (260C) Stainless steel. Dishwasher-safe. Imported. read more

All-Clad
$150.00 $99.99

Individual Cookware: All-Clad 6-Qt. Pasta Pot - Versatile and oversized for maximum output, this high-performance pot with profess...ional-grade construction features a durable, heavy-gauge stainless steel interior and extra-thick aluminum core that... read more

Rachael Ray
$140.00 $79.99

This pasta pot with pour spout is one you'll use day in and day out. Whether you're boiling pasta, making a batch of chili or cook...ing grains, this pan is just the right size. When it's not on the stovetop, its two short side handles help it take up less space in your cabinet. made of hard-anodized aluminum, a material preferred for its even heat distribution, giving you even heating throughout the pan, even up the sides unique oval shape of this pasta pot allows you to fit on one burner without giving up all the others stylish two-tone exterior adds color and style to any kitchen long-lasting nonstick cooking surface means you don't need to worry about food sticking or scrubbing dirty pans rubberized dual-riveted handles are comfortable to hold and oven safe to 350F tempered glass lid lets you watch your food cook without having to remove the lid to keep moisture locked in Enameled aluminum. Hand wash. Not recommended for use on ceramic/glasstop stoves. Imported. read more

Rachael Ray
$140.00 $79.99

This pasta pot with pour spout is one you'll use day in and day out. Whether you're boiling pasta, making a batch of chili or cook...ing grains, this pan is just the right size. When it's not on the stovetop, its two short side handles help it take up less space in your cabinet. made of hard-anodized aluminum, a material preferred for its even heat distribution, giving you even heating throughout the pan, even up the sides unique oval shape of this pasta pot allows you to fit on one burner without giving up all the others stylish two-tone exterior adds color and style to any kitchen long-lasting nonstick cooking surface means you don't need to worry about food sticking or scrubbing dirty pans rubberized dual-riveted handles are comfortable to hold and oven safe to 350F tempered glass lid lets you watch your food cook without having to remove the lid to keep moisture locked in Enameled aluminum. Hand wash. Not recommended for use on ceramic/glasstop stoves. Imported. read more

Rachael Ray
$140.00 $79.99

This pasta pot with pour spout is one you'll use day in and day out. Whether you're boiling pasta, making a batch of chili or cook...ing grains, this pan is just the right size. When it's not on the stovetop, its two short side handles help it take up less space in your cabinet. made of hard-anodized aluminum, a material preferred for its even heat distribution, giving you even heating throughout the pan, even up the sides unique oval shape of this pasta pot allows you to fit on one burner without giving up all the others stylish two-tone exterior adds color and style to any kitchen long-lasting nonstick cooking surface means you don't need to worry about food sticking or scrubbing dirty pans rubberized dual-riveted handles are comfortable to hold and oven safe to 350F tempered glass lid lets you watch your food cook without having to remove the lid to keep moisture locked in Enameled aluminum. Hand wash. Not recommended for use on ceramic/glasstop stoves. Imported. read more

Rachael Ray
$140.00 $79.99

This pasta pot with pour spout is one you'll use day in and day out. Whether you're boiling pasta, making a batch of chili or cook...ing grains, this pan is just the right size. When it's not on the stovetop, its two short side handles help it take up less space in your cabinet. made of hard-anodized aluminum, a material preferred for its even heat distribution, giving you even heating throughout the pan, even up the sides unique oval shape of this pasta pot allows you to fit on one burner without giving up all the others stylish two-tone exterior adds color and style to any kitchen long-lasting nonstick cooking surface means you don't need to worry about food sticking or scrubbing dirty pans rubberized dual-riveted handles are comfortable to hold and oven safe to 350F tempered glass lid lets you watch your food cook without having to remove the lid to keep moisture locked in Enameled aluminum. Hand wash. Not recommended for use on ceramic/glasstop stoves. Imported. read more

Rachael Ray
$160.00 $79.99

Featuring a built-in pour spout to drain water, this pasta pot makes it easy to create satisfying pasta meals like butternut squas...h ravioli or spaghetti and meatballs thanks to its generous capacity and oval shape. sturdy hard enamel and aluminum exterior nonstick interior releases foods effortlessly rubberized stainless steel handles are dual-riveted for added strength shatter-resistant glass lids seal in heat and moisture 8-quart capacity oven safe to 400F Hard enamel, aluminum, stainless steel and rubber pot; glass lid. Hand wash. Imported. read more

Rachael Ray
$140.00 $79.99

Featuring a built-in pour spout to drain water, this pasta pot makes it easy to create satisfying pasta meals like butternut squas...h ravioli or spaghetti and meatballs thanks to its generous capacity and oval shape. sturdy hard enamel and aluminum exterior nonstick interior releases foods effortlessly rubberized stainless steel handles are dual-riveted for added strength shatter-resistant glass lids seal in heat and moisture 8-quart capacity oven safe to 400F Hard enamel, aluminum, stainless steel and rubber pot; glass lid. Hand wash. Imported. read more

Rachael Ray
$140.00 $79.99

This pasta pot with pour spout is one you'll use day in and day out. Whether you're boiling pasta, making a batch of chili or cook...ing grains, this pan is just the right size. When it's not on the stovetop, its two short side handles help it take up less space in your cabinet. made of hard-anodized aluminum, a material preferred for its even heat distribution, giving you even heating throughout the pan, even up the sides unique oval shape of this pasta pot allows you to fit on one burner without giving up all the others stylish two-tone exterior adds color and style to any kitchen long-lasting nonstick cooking surface means you don't need to worry about food sticking or scrubbing dirty pans rubberized dual-riveted handles are comfortable to hold and oven safe to 350F tempered glass lid lets you watch your food cook without having to remove the lid to keep moisture locked in Enameled aluminum. Hand wash. Not recommended for use on ceramic/glasstop stoves. Imported. read more

Rachael Ray
$160.00 $79.99

Featuring a built-in pour spout to drain water, this pasta pot makes it easy to create satisfying pasta meals like butternut squas...h ravioli or spaghetti and meatballs thanks to its generous capacity and oval shape. sturdy hard enamel and aluminum exterior nonstick interior releases foods effortlessly rubberized stainless steel handles are dual-riveted for added strength shatter-resistant glass lids seal in heat and moisture 8-quart capacity oven safe to 400F Hard enamel, aluminum, stainless steel and rubber pot; glass lid. Hand wash. Imported. read more

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