Can I put this pot in the oven?
I've heard that any pot that doesn't have wood or plastic handles can be put in the oven. Is this true? I don't have a dutch oven, but I do have this thin (as in, kinda flimsy-feeling) white enamel pot with "pasta" written on the side. It's all made of the same material, and I figure if the bottom can handle fire, the rest of it should be able to handle a 325 oven. But it doesn't say anything on it about being oven-proof. Is there a general assumption that pots are oven-proof but for their handles? Should I put this pot in the oven?
I can't know for sure but, based on your description, I would guess that your pot is, in layman's terms, an unmitigated piece of crap. You can put your pot in the oven or on the stove and you will never know for sure what the results will be but you can be certain that every time you use that pot, something worse will happen. You should probably put your pot in the trash and start again. I'm sorry. If it makes you feel any better most of the people on this site have have purchased a utensile or two that we regret and have moved on from.
You would be quite correct that pots and pans are generally safe to put into the oven as long as they don't have plastic handles. You should be OK putting your pot into the oven. Somehow, I highly doubt that the inscription is what I'd use it for, as my pasta pot is a 2 gallon stockpot.