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You want to cook pasta dishes without having to stand next to the cooker all the time, or the pasta sticking to the bottom of the pot or the water overflowing? Then a pasta pot is the ideal addition to your kitchen inventory. These pots are multifunctional and space-saving. Due to their design, pasta pots prevent annoying burning or overflowing when cooking pasta. They also make it easier to drain the cooking water.

In our pasta pot guide, we have tested and compared different pasta pots. In this way, we want to help you find the perfect pasta pot for you. Before you buy, we want to give you enough information about the different types of pasta pots, the material and their suitability for different cookers.




The most important facts

  • Pasta pots are designed for cooking pasta. They prevent the pasta from burning and the cooking water from overflowing.
  • You can distinguish between pasta pots with a strainer insert or those with a pouring lid.
  • Stainless steel pasta pots look particularly elegant. Aluminium pasta pots, on the other hand, are less expensive and easier to use.

The Best Pasta Pot: Our Picks

Pasta pot: buying and evaluation criteria

Before buying, you are confronted with many questions. In order to make your purchase decision easier, we have summarised the most important criteria. These include:

In the following, we go into more detail on the individual aspects.

Material

Basically, you can find pasta pots made of aluminium or stainless steel.

The material influences the weight and price of the pasta pot.

Pasta pots made of aluminium are stable and robust. They are usually lighter and cheaper than stainless steel pasta pots.

You don't have to worry about the aluminium peeling off and transferring to your food because the pasta pots are coated. Stainless steel pasta pots are high quality, robust and easy to clean. They can also score with a noble design. However, stainless steel pasta pots are usually heavier and more expensive.

Cooker suitability

The following table summarises what you should look for in different cookers.

Cooker type Suitable pots
Induction cookers Pots for this type of cooker must have a magnetic base. This means the bottom of the pasta pot must be iron or covered with an iron sight.
Gas cookers Basically, all pots can be used on gas cookers.
Glass ceramic hobs Most pots can also be used here. However, the bases should not be dirty or damaged.

In the following paragraphs, we go into more detail about the functions of the hob types.

Suitability for induction cookers

Induction cookers are becoming increasingly popular because they offer many advantages. They heat pots quickly, are more energy-efficient and you cannot burn yourself on them. They only heat up when a pot is on the plate.

For induction cookers, the pasta pots should have an iron base or be covered with an iron layer.

Induction cookers heat the pots with the help of a magnetic field. This also means that you should not put every pot on these plates. Most pasta pots are now suitable for most common cookers, including induction cookers.

The bottom of these pots should be made of iron or covered with an iron layer. If you are unsure whether the pasta pot is suitable for an induction cooker, you only have to read the description of the pasta pot. The pictogram for induction cookers shows four or three connected loops.

Suitability for gas cookers

Gas cookers heat the pots with gas. Modern gas cookers have an automatic or electric igniter. This means that you do not have to switch on the cooker with an igniter, but it also works with the push of a button. In contrast to induction cookers, all types of pots can be heated on gas cookers. This means that you don't have to pay attention to anything special when you buy a pasta pot for your gas cooker.

Basically, all pots are suitable for gas cookers.

However, we would recommend that you check the product description to make sure that the pasta pot is suitable for gas cookers.

Suitability for glass ceramic hobs

Glass-ceramic hobs heat cooking pots by means of radiant heating elements that are heated by electricity and the glass lets the heat through and transfers it to the pot. The best-known brand of glass ceramic hob is Ceran. In general, all pots can also be heated on glass ceramic hobs; induction pots are also suitable for glass ceramic hobs.

With glass ceramic hobs, however, you should make sure that the bottom of the pasta pot is not dirty or damaged. The bottom of the pot should also not be made of pure copper or pure aluminium. However, these bottoms are very rare.

Coating

Pasta pots are usually non-stick coated, either ceramic or polytetrafluoroethylene (usually called Teflon). The coating prevents food from burning, makes cleaning easier and helps to save oil when cooking. With aluminium pasta pots, a coating also prevents aluminium from getting into the food.

Pasta pots: Frequently asked questions and answers

Now that we have clarified what you should look for before buying, we would like to answer the most frequently asked questions for you. These include what makes a pasta pot special, how much a pasta pot costs, what types there are, how to clean a pasta pot and other useful tips and tricks.

What is the difference between a pasta pot and a conventional cooking pot?

A pasta pot is a cooking pot that is specially designed for cooking pasta. These pots have built-in strainer inserts or strainer lids to make cooking and draining pasta easier. Some can also be used to steam vegetables.

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Pasta pots are designed for cooking pasta. They prevent the noodles from burning and the cooking water from overflowing during cooking. (Source: Klara Kulikova / Unsplash)

Of course, you can also use a conventional saucepan for cooking pasta. However, pasta pots are more multifunctional and space-saving because you don't need an extra colander.

What types of pasta pots are there?

A basic distinction is made between two types of pasta pots:

  • Pasta pot with pouring lid
  • Pasta pot with strainer insert

In the following, we will go into more detail about the individual types and explain which advantages and disadvantages they bring with them.

Pasta pot with pouring lid

With this type of pasta pot, the lids have holes through which the water can be poured off. This eliminates the need for an extra strainer and saves extra washing up and space. The holes also allow the steam water to escape during cooking, preventing it from overflowing.

Advantages
  • space-saving
  • multifunctional
  • prevent overflow
Disadvantages
  • Problems with draining
  • cannot be used for simmering or steaming

However, some have the problem that the lids cannot be locked and so you have to hold the lids while pouring, which can be difficult. These pasta pots are usually smaller and are good for single households as they save space.

Pasta pot with strainer insert

These pasta pots come with a removable strainer insert included in the price. The pasta can be cooked in the strainer insert and remains in the strainer after draining. These pasta pots have the great advantage that they largely prevent overflowing. In addition, vegetables can also be cooked or steamed in the strainer insert.

Advantages
  • prevent overflowing
  • prevent burning
  • can also be used for cooking or steaming
Disadvantages
  • need a lot of space
  • can be expensive

Pasta pots with a strainer insert are usually larger and take up more space in the kitchen. On the other hand, they can be used to cook larger portions, which makes them particularly suitable for families.

How much does a pasta pot cost?

The price range for pasta pots is wide. Depending on the material, size or quality, the prices can vary greatly. You should expect a price range of around 20 to 180 euros. It should be noted that a high price is rewarded with the corresponding quality and you will enjoy your pasta pot for longer.

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Pasta pots make cooking pasta dishes easier. You can buy a high-quality pasta pot for as little as 50 euros. (Source: mackoflower/ 123rf)

Aluminium pasta pots are usually lighter and cheaper than stainless steel pasta pots. Prices for aluminium pasta pots start at 20 euros. Stainless steel pasta pots can cost up to 180 euros. These are usually more robust and look more elegant than aluminium pasta pots. However, you can also buy high-quality pasta pots from 50 euros.

Type price
Pasta pot made of aluminium approx. 20 to 40 euros
Pasta pot made of stainless steel approx. 40 to 180 euros

Prices depend not only on the quality and material, but also on the manufacturer and size of the pasta pot.

What alternatives are there to a pasta pot?

There are other appliances that can be used to cook pasta. In the following, we would like to introduce you to three of the alternatives to the pasta pot.

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Pasta pots not only prevent burning and overflowing, but also make it easier to pour off the cooking water. Some pasta pots can also be used for steaming vegetables. (Image source: Riccardo Bergamini / Unsplash)
  • Pot and colander: The simplest alternative to a pasta pot is a conventional cooking pot and colander. However, unlike the pasta pot, these have the disadvantages that they take up more space and do not prevent overflowing.
  • Pastacooker: There are also separate appliances designed for cooking pasta. These plug into the electricity and are not tied to a cooker. Pasta cookers are mainly used in the catering industry for large portions. The disadvantage of pasta cookers is that they are usually very expensive.
  • Microwave pasta cookers: Another alternative are vessels that are suitable for cooking and simmering in the microwave. These are usually inexpensive and ideal especially for smaller people.

These alternatives have their advantages, but for cooking pasta on cookers, the pasta pot is the simplest, space-saving and cheapest alternative.

How do I clean a pasta pot?

Many pasta pots are dishwasher safe. This means you can put them in the dishwasher after cooking without pre-treatment. The coating on the pasta pots also makes them easy to clean by hand. However, you should avoid using steel wool for cleaning, as this could damage the coating.

What can I do if the pasta pot burns?

Frequent burning of pots usually occurs when they have scratches on the inside. These can be caused by using steel wool when cleaning and thus damaging the coating.

Avoid cleaning with steel wool.

If a pasta pot burns, you should treat it immediately. If you wait longer, cleaning will be more difficult. It is best to use hot water, washing-up liquid and a sponge or cloth to prevent further scratches. A pasta pot with a strainer insert basically cannot burn anything because the pasta is cooked in the strainer and therefore the pasta cannot stick to the bottom of the pot and burn.

Can a pasta pot overflow?

Pasta pots are designed to prevent water from overflowing when cooking pasta. The pour-off lid allows the steam to escape during cooking. In pasta pots with a strainer insert, the height of the pot prevents overflowing.

Conclusion

The design of pasta pots makes them ideal for cooking pasta. With a pasta pot, you can succeed with any pasta dish. They prevent pasta from burning in the pot, prevent water from overflowing and are space-saving. They also make it easier to drain the cooking water.

Cleaning is easy and many are also dishwasher safe. The pasta pot is an ideal addition to any household. Most are also suitable for standard cooker tops. Depending on your preference, you can choose between a noble stainless steel or a robust aluminium pasta pot.

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