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Old 12-24-2008, 10:12 AM   #11
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$400 worth of equipment and a $2 box of Barolli. lmao
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Old 12-24-2008, 10:52 AM   #12
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I finally broke down and bought the 8-quart Calphalon SS one that also has a great big steamer basket. I got it on sale at cooking.com, and I think it only cost about $75. That was about a year ago. I have already gotten at least double my money's worth. The steamer basket is big enough for a huge batch of mussels or clams, in addition to veggies, and I just love not having to lift the heavy pot over to the sink.
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:05 AM   #13
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Whichever pot you buy should be practical for other uses. If you have a cookware set, choose the pasta pot that isn't the same size as one of the saucepans in your cookware.

Frankly, I have no use for the pasta strainer basket. I's extra gear to store and handle and another thing to wash. I use a strainer.

Another thought is this: for two people, you wouldn't be using this pot to cook pasta. It's way too big. I cook pasta for SO and me in a 3.5 quart saucier with no problem.
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:43 AM   #14
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I cook pasta for SO and me in a 3.5 quart saucier with no problem.
Don't you get starchy pasta?

I always use a ton of water. Like I said, even the 5 qt pot I have is too small for one box of pasta.
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Old 12-24-2008, 12:02 PM   #15
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Don't you get starchy pasta?

I always use a ton of water. Like I said, even the 5 qt pot I have is too small for one box of pasta.

Not at all. I cook about 7 ounces of pasta for the two of us and there is plenty of water to do the job.

I just checked a Barilla package and it suggests 4-6 quarts of water for a pound of pasta. Based on that, I'm using too much water!
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Old 12-25-2008, 01:34 AM   #16
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Thanks a lot for the comments, I've got 2 stockpots now but we really wanted a pasta strainer for those occasions, and it's a wedding registry so I can be a little fancy. Decided on the pretty one since it was smaller and it did have the disc bottom. Hadn't really realized the 5 qt difference I guess till someone pointed it out and that's a complaint I have on some of my stock pots now is they take a bit to heat up that much water.

so thanks again for the insight.
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Old 12-27-2008, 02:26 PM   #17
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This is the 7qt All Clad pasta pentola. I have the pot, but not the pasta insert. I love the size for making pasta, but I just use a regular strainer. The pot is also good for making soups and stocks.

I also have the 12qt All Clad multi pot. It has its uses, but I wouldn't use it for pasta. It is a huge pot. It does come in handy for brining my Tday bird and then later for making turkey soup. It doesn't get much use other than that. Also, this is not the same quality as other All Clad pots. Don't get me wrong, it's still nice, but it's not the same. If you compare the two side by side you can see and feel the differences.
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