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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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Cristel
$149.95 $192.00
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Cristel Strate Brushed Stainless Steel 6.8 inch pasta insert is basically a tall colander. It fits into a stock pot so when you're... making pasta you can lift out the pasta insert so the pasta can easily drain. These French-made frying pans are very easy to store because of their removable handles. The pans easily stack inside each other for very compact storage. They also take up less space in the dishwasher than frying pans with handles! As with all Cristel cookware products, the Pasta Insert is made in France and has a lifetime guarantee. Please note: handles sold separately. read more

Mauviel

If you frequently make pasta, the will be an invaluable addition to your kitchen. Pop it in the Mauviel stock pot or stewpot, boil... the water, drop in the pasta. When the pasta is done, carefully remove the pasta insert, draining the hot water over the pot. Turn the drained pasta into a serving bowl and add sauce. We also love the Mauviel pasta insert because it makes it easy to save the pasta water, always a great addition when you need to thin a sauce or add a bit of extra moisture to your pasta dish. As with all Mauviel cookware, the pasta insert is made in France and comes with lifetime warranty. read more

J.A. Henckels

The Zwilling Spirit pasta insert is made from polished stainless steel and fits with their Spirit Thermolon nonstick 6 quart dutch... oven. This insert is great for boiling and quickly straining pasta. The insert will never rust or corrode because it's made from polished stainless steel. Zwilling Spirit cookware comes with a lifetime warranty from Zwilling J.A. Henckels with normal use and proper care. read more

WMF
$200.00
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The WMF Premium One cookware range features our polished Cromargan 18/10 stainless steel construction with a TransTherm universal ...base, ensuring optimum heat distribution and retention, while making these pots safe for all cooktops, including induction. Premium One cookware series, designed by Peter Ramminger, offers the unique Cool+ handle technology with a world-wide patent pending design, effectively reducing heat conduction between the pan and the handles. This cookware, with its top of the line workmanship, excellent design, and first class innovation meets the highest demands of a modern kitchen. The practical, non-insertable lid has a built-in vent for controlling steam, and the side of each pot is designed with a pouring rim. The bright red silicone rings on the pan and lid handle joints serve as visual indicators for the Cool+ handle technology, while adding aesthetically appealing accents. Made in Germany; dishwasher safe. read more

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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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Tramontina

3 PC. 6 QT. PASTA COOKER W/LOCK AND DRAIN STRAINER - 18/10 SS 6 Qt. Stainless Vessel w/Locking Strainer Insert and Glass Lid with ...Stainless Handle read more

Bialetti
$31.49 $34.99
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Taste of Italy, Pasta Pot, Oval shape fits pasta better. Non-stick w/ locking cook n drain lid. Taste of Italy, Pasta Pot, Oval sh...ape fits pasta better. Non-stick with locking cook n drain lid. True to its name, the Taste of Italy collection consists of -inchItalian Basics-inch that are a must-have in any italian kitchen. This collectionincludes family-sized Saute Pans, specialty risotto and panini pans, pizza stones and more... It creates an authentic Italian offeringwithin the cookware department. 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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Fasta Pasta
$14.99
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No waiting for a big pot of water to boil. Cook pasta to al dente perfection in the microwave! Saves time, energy and water. Use w...ith spaghetti, fettuccini, macaroni, lasagna noodles, rotini and more. Will not boil over. Cooks evenly without sticking. Great for dormitory, motorhome, boat or cabin. Dishwasher safe. FDA approved microwaveable material. Made in the USA Dimensions: 3.5 IN x 11.5 IN x 5.63 IN read more

Chef Buddy
$13.48 $17.00
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Never has cooking pasta been faster or easier! Simply put pasta in the Microwave Pasta Cooker, add water and microwave. Apply the ...strainer lid upon completion of microwave cooking, drain out the water and serve! Enjoy the speed and convenience of the Microwave Pasta Cooker by Chef Buddy and make delicious meals! Features: Pasta cooker Manufacturer provides 60 days warranty Safe for you and the environment Strainer lid with large and small size holes Two easy pour spouts Microwave safe Polypropylene plastic construction Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 10.6 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 7.25 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 3.37 Inches Overall Product Weight: 0.5 Pounds read more

Sur La Table

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. Manufactuer: Lékué Material: Base is PBT plastic. Lid is silicone. BPA-free Care: Safe to use in the microwave, oven, freezer, refrigerator and dishwasher Dimensions: 10˝" x 4" x 3" Warranty: Lékué offers a 10-year warranty for manufacturer?s defects, and will replace any item with the same or similar item, if the item fails during use. Warranty not effective for commercial use Manufactured in Spain. Assembled in China 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

Trademark
$7.49 $19.99
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Chef Buddy Microwave Pasta Cooker w/ Strainer Lid ?#5 Polypropylene plastic construction- safe for you and the environment ?Microw...ave safe ?Strainer lid with large and small size holes ?Two easy pour spouts ?Eases prep time Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. Dimensions: 10.62? x 3.38? x 7.25?. 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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Bialetti
$29.99 $50.00
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The innovative design of this oval pasta pot means you can effortlessly make any recipe for spaghetti or lasagna with long, unbrok...en noodles. aluminum construction for quick and easy heatingnonstick interior for easy cleanuplid locks securely for easy straining Aluminum. Hand wash. Imported. read more

Bialetti® The Original Pasta Pot
Calphalon
$75.86 $114.95
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A necessity for any kitchen, this versatile Calphalon multi pot has everything you need to prepare delicious meals every time. It ...is perfect for cooking everything from pasta dishes to soups and stews. The vegetable insert is ideal for steaming corn and vegetables and the stockpot is perfect for preparing soups and all hearty meal recipes. Multi Pot Includes:8-quart Stock PotVegetable Steamer InsertPasta Insert Glass Lid Features: Aluminum disk on pot's bottom conducts heat quickly, uniformly Disk fully enclosed in stainless steel for easy cleaning Impacted bonded heavy bottom for even heating Capacity: 8 qt. Material: 18/10 stainless steel Dishwasher safe Modern stainless steel finish Show Additional Info Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 13.1 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 12.5 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 9.8 Inches read more

Simply Stainless Steel 8 Quart Multi-Pot with Steamer and Pasta Insert
Cristel
$149.95 $192.00
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Cristel Strate Brushed Stainless Steel 6.8 inch pasta insert is basically a tall colander. It fits into a stock pot so when you're... making pasta you can lift out the pasta insert so the pasta can easily drain. These French-made frying pans are very easy to store because of their removable handles. The pans easily stack inside each other for very compact storage. They also take up less space in the dishwasher than frying pans with handles! As with all Cristel cookware products, the Pasta Insert is made in France and has a lifetime guarantee. Please note: handles sold separately. read more

Cristel Strate 7 qt. Pasta Insert
Demeyere
$124.95 $164.00
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Whether you are boiling noodles for Swedish Meatballs or making Angel Hair Pasta, The Demeyere Atlantis Pasta Cooker Insert is the... insert for the task at hand. This Demeyere insert fits the 8.5 qt. Atlantis stockpot. It's sturdy construction is backed by a 30 year warranty. read more

Demeyere Atlantis Stainless Steel Pasta Cooker Insert (Fits DE-41394)
Prime Pacific
$33.99 $42.93
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These pasta pots come with easy-pour, straining lids so you can conveniently pour the water and leave the pasta in the pot. With B...akelite handles and an encapsulated base, these high quality pasta pots provide even heat distribution. Construction: Stainless Finish: Mirror Materials: Stainless steel Handle attachment: Screw Care instructions: Hand wash Finish: Stainless Mirror Oven-safe to 250-degrees Fahrenheit Number of pieces: Three Lid doubles as strainer-no colander needed Top knob turns lid to lock position so lid will not slip when inverted Encapsulated sandwich base for rapid and even heating Stay cool handles and knobs Can be nested for convenient storage Easy pour lids 6-quart pot dimensions: 10 inches in diameter x 5 inches high 13 inches in diameter with handles and 7-inches high with lid 2-quart pot dimensions: 6.5 inches in diameter x 3.75 inches high 9 inches in diameter with handles x 5.75 inches high with lid Includes: One 1 2-quart pasta pot with locking strainer lid, one 1 6-quart pasta pot with locking strainer lid read more

Stainless Steel 6-quart and 2-quart Pasta Pots
Trademark
$7.49 $19.99
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Chef Buddy Microwave Pasta Cooker w/ Strainer Lid ?#5 Polypropylene plastic construction- safe for you and the environment ?Microw...ave safe ?Strainer lid with large and small size holes ?Two easy pour spouts ?Eases prep time Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. Dimensions: 10.62? x 3.38? x 7.25?. read more

Chef Buddy Microwave Pasta Cooker w/ Strainer Lid
Scanpan
$50.99 $67.00
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Fit this perforated stainless-steel insert into a Scanpan 10-1/4-inch (6-1/2-quart) stock pot before you begin cooking your pasta,... and you wont need a colander for draining. Two sturdy loop handles facilitate lifting, shaking off excess water, and pouring the cooked pasta into a bowl or pan of hot marinara sauce. You can also use the insert when cooking other foods that need draining, such as artichokes and corn-on-the-cob. The gleaming stainless steel stands up to dishwasher-cleaning and wont harm the nonstick interior of the stock pot. Scanpan covers the insert with a full lifetime warranty. Imported. Dimensions: Measures 11 wide by 13 long by 6 tall/deep ? Imported- Denmark read more

Scanpan Stainless Steel Pasta Insert 10-1/4, 6-1/2 Quart Stock Pot
Demeyere
$114.95 $154.00
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Whether you are boiling noodles for Swedish Meatballs or making Angel Hair Pasta, The Demeyere Atlantis Pasta Cooker Insert is the... insert for the task at hand. This Demeyere insert fits the 5.3 qt. Atlantis stockpot. Its sturdy construction is backed by a 30 year warranty. read more

Demeyere Atlantis Stainless Steel Pasta Cooker Insert (Fits DE-41395)
Demeyere
$99.95 $125.00
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Demeyere?s superior technical approach to producing the most advanced clad cookware available has made them a cult favorite with o...ur staff and customers for years. The unmatched quality, sleek design, and highly engineered and tested construction ensure each and every piece of Demeyere cookware is crafted to perform beautifully and last a lifetime. Our exclusive new Industry5 cookware collection is the culmination of a two-year collaboration between Demeyere and Sur La Table to produce the most innovative cookware on the market, designed to exceed the exacting standards of both professional and home cooks. Gleaming 18/10 stainless steel construction ensures exceptional performance and easy cleanup and a pouring rim prevents spills. Each piece of cookware features Demeyere?s proprietary Silvinox finish?a unique system of electrochemical surface treatments which remove iron and impurities from the surface, the main causes of discoloration over time. The stainless steel exterior remains silvery white, even after many years of use. It also resists discoloration from fingerprints and heat, even when subjected to temperatures over 500°F. The oversized stay-cool cast stainless steel handles are shot-blasted to ensure a secure grip, and make transporting a hot pan to and from the oven or stovetop easy even while wearing oven mitts. Each handle is welded directly to the pan, making it significantly more durable and hygienic than a traditional riveted handle. Food, grease and dirt will never accumulate inside the pan, so cleanup is a breeze. Dishwasher safe (hand wash recommended). Made in Belgium. 8-qt. capacity. 10" d x 8˝" h. See the Industry5 Collection in action » read more

Demeyere® Industry5 Pasta Insert, 8 qt.
Rachael Ray
$99.95 $200.00
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Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Covered Oval Pasta Pot, 8qt The stockpot is a pan youll use day in and day o...ut. Whether youre boiling pasta, making a batch of chili or cooking grains, this pan is just the right size. When its not on the stovetop, its two short side handles help it take up less space in your cabinet. The stockpot is made of hard-anodized aluminum, a material preferred for its even heat distribution, giving you even heating throughout the pan, even up the sides. The nonstick cooking surface means you dont need to worry about food sticking or about scrubbing dirty pans - cleanup is a breeze. Dimensions: 19.63? x 10.88? x 6.75?. read more

Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Covered Oval Pasta Pot, 8qt
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