The One Pan That Never Leaves My Stovetop (I Use It Almost Every Day!)

The Caraway 3-Quart Sauce Pan is so reliable it is now part of my kitchen decor

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A few years ago I was in need of a set of pots and pans. Since this was my first time buying one, I did a lot of research about what I needed, but more importantly, what I wanted. I hate to say that at the time aesthetics was high on my list of desires, so I ultimately found my way to the Caraway Cookware Set from stainless steel sets from All-Clad, Calphalon, and others. I love the look of ceramic pots and pans covered in a non-stick coating and the set comes with three matching lids, a canvas hanging lid organizer, and magnetic storage holders. It is also non-toxic and eco-friendly, but what really won me over when searching for the right set, though, was the fact that it comes in multiple colors to help brighten up my kitchen and includes pots and pans in various sizes, including a 3-quart option.

Now, after almost two years of use, this is the only pan that never leaves my stovetop, and for more reasons besides that it looks cute.

What We Like
  • Great size for one or two servings

  • Non-stick stays reliable

  • Heats evenly

What We Don’t Like
  • Can get heavy

  • Handle gets hot

The 3-quart Sauce Pan, which weighs about 4 pounds with the lid, is small enough not to make my tiny kitchen look cluttered, but big enough for whatever I need to cook. In the morning that may mean cooking oatmeal or scrambled eggs, warming up coffee from the previous day or milk for a fresh brew, or heating water for matcha. For lunch, it has defrosted soup, heated leftover pasta, and toasted nuts for salads. Then at the end of the day, I use it for everything from heating tortillas, cooking rice or quinoa, frying tofu, making boxed mac and cheese, and heating up a frozen meal to steaming vegetables. Therefore, it is never put away. Why do so when I use it every day, sometimes multiple times?

Caraway sauce pan with Trader Joe's Frozen Cacio e Peppe Gnocchi cooking inside

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Despite all the use I put it through, my Caraway 3-Quart Sauce Pan does not look worn down. There are a few scuffs in the green color on the bottom from my gas stovetop grates. On the inside there are a handful of small marks, but the non-stick coating is fully intact and it still heats evenly.

The bottom of a 3-quart Caraway sauce pan

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For full disclosure, I try and take excellent care of this pot because I want it to last for a while. I only use bamboo/wood or silicone utensils to stir or scrape, I wait for it to cool down before cleaning, and don’t have a dishwasher, so I cleanse it with a soft sponge (and never use the abrasive side) or sometimes just a wet paper towel. Soaking anything crusty or hard in water does the trick if need be, so no scrubbing is ever required. I use either oil or water when frying or sauteeing anything, too, even though the non-stick has never failed me.

The inside of a 3-quart Caraway sauce pan

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No piece of cookware is perfect, though. Filled with a lot of food or liquid, this pot gets too heavy for me to carry with one arm and I have to navigate straining pasta with both hands on the handle, which can get hot. I make sure to have a kitchen towel or oven mitt nearby, but if there’s not, I will use my sleeve to grip it. None of these things are a deal-breaker for me, clearly. 

While I do use the rest of the set that includes a fry pan, saute pan, and dutch oven, Caraway sells the 3-Quart Sauce Pan on its own (there’s also a mini version—but the larger of the two is a better deal), if you need or want just one of the four. But invest in the 3-Quart Sauce Pan and you, too, can have a reliable piece of cookware that also doubles as kitchen decor!

A 3-quart Caraway sauce pan and lid sitting on a gas stove

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Material: Ceramic | Capacity: 3 quarts | Dimensions: 8 inches long and 5 inches tall, 15 inches long with the handle | Weight: 4 pounds | Dishwasher Safe: Hand wash recommended

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Amanda McDonald is an editor at The Spruce Eats and has over seven years of experience researching, writing, and editing about all things food — from what new products are at the grocery store to chef-approved hacks that keep tricky leftovers fresh for days.