There is a lot of convenience to owning a pasta pot with strainer lid. You can save time and space because you do not have to pour your boiling pasta water and pasta into a separate colander or strainer. You also do not have to store away or find that separate strainer when you set about preparing a meal. There are things you have to look for when you go to shop for a pasta pot with strainer lid. For instance, you want to make sure that the strainer holes are the perfect size for what you have in mind to cook. You can do more than just cook pasta in these pots. You can cook potatoes, rice, vegetables or soups. For those times when you want to make other foods, you want to be sure you will not have a problem straining smaller pieces out of the strainer lid. You also want to be sure you are buying a pot that will work on your particular type of stove whether it is an induction stove, electric range, or a gas range.
Good quality pasta pots will last you for years if not a few decades, but you may not want to shell out a couple of hundred dollars for a pasta pot. There are some pots with a strainer lid that cost under $20 and will do just fine. One product that gets high marks is Excelsteel’s pot which is actually a whole accessory in itself. It is a 12-quart pot which is made of stainless steel that will not corrode or lose its shape. It works for soups, pasta, and steaming vegetables. It heats evenly and cleans up easily. This pot is not for induction cooktops but is a great value for all others.
Farberware has been making long lasting, moderately priced pots and pans for ages. Their 8-quart pasta pot has a thick aluminum core, is easy to clean and its handles are always cool to the touch. The straining lids it comes with fit perfectly and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Ikea offers a low-cost pasta pot that heats evenly and comes with a locking strainer lid. It is versatile in that it is ideal for use on gas, ceramic glass and electric glass cooktops. It is priced at about $20 so for a starter strainer pasta pot, this is one to try.