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Sep 29, 2013 08:09 PM

Need advice on pan to use

I want to buy an All-Clad pan like Lidia uses to combine the sauce with the pasta. Here's a 3 qt one on sale on Amazon for only $99 but I'm not sure if it's the correct size. Larger ones are double the price, or more.

What should I buy?

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  1. How much pasta do make at a time? (I normally do a 1/2 pound, which fits with sauce into a 12' saute pan... )

    1. How many people do you usually cook for? Probably ok for 1-3 people. If you're cooking a pound or more of pasta I'd probably go for a 4 qt.

      Check out Cuisinart MultiClad Pro series, I am happy with it.

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      1. re: jaykayen

        I like that line, as well. I have loads of All Clad, but wanted a large pan for sautéing, so I got this one:

        I'm pretty happy with it, and it's large enough to braise cuts of meat and then add broad noodles or pasta to mix in. Works great as a roaster too. Clean up is very easy and the price is great.

        1. re: breadchick

          This looks good and very good price. You know, I'm extremely happy with a large Cuisinart stock pot that, if I remember correctly, ATK recs as great for the price.

          1. re: walker

            I also have the 8 qt. stock pot in this line. Made a batch of chili not long ago, and again, it cleans up beautifully. I have a 5 qt., a 12 qt. and a 16 qt. All Clad stockpots, and I'm just as happy with the 8 qt. in this line. (I had an 8 qt. All Clad, but it went missing and I didn't want to spend mucho bucks again.)

            Cooks Illustrated likes this line, too.

            Good luck with whatever you end up with!!

      2. I haven't seen Lydia, but I have the 3-qt sauté pan (not that exact model, but the same size and proportions). That's a good price, but I think the sides are a little low for some of the things I've used it for. The 4-qt is the same diameter with higher sides. But I wonder whether the 4-qt "essential" pan wouldn't be a better choice. It is more than $99, but can also be found on sale for about $149. This pan has higher sides and a narrower bottom.

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        1. re: GH1618

          I just don't know if I like the brushed stainless .. I have other pieces in the stainless and like the look.

          1. re: walker

            I have the D5 Essential pan from Williams Sonoma, it's not brushed, it's shiny just like the stainless. The 3 qt saute is too shallow for developing a sauce or adding much pasta to the pan in my opinion. That's why I purchased the D5, it's offered at $149.00. It has a nice thick bottom, browns evenly like a dream and those higher sides contain the spatters, pasta, veg or whatever you want to add.

            1. re: Cam14

              I'll take a look next time I'm in Wms-Sonoma; thanks for the info.

        2. Are you sure she's using AC? I think her pan might be Le Creuset, but could easily be wrong.

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          1. re: sherrib

            I had no idea Le Creuset made stainless steel; if this is what she uses, do you have any idea why?

            1. re: walker

              She's always using the Le Creuset enameled cast iron pans. I'm going to assume that Le Creuset has a contract with her to use their pans on her show. You will see many tv chefs using one brand of cookware only.

          2. this has great reviews over there, I would go for it! I also think it is big enough for 3-4 people