Baked Penne, Broccoli, and Ricotta + Lagostina Martellata Pasta Set Giveaway

A tasty pasta dish and a fabulous Lagostina Pasta Pot giveaway! Best National Pasta Day ever!

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Happy National Pasta Day, friends! In honor of today’s holiday, I have a fabulous giveaway from the nice folks at Lagostina (you might remember them from this post last December, when I gave away this snazzy Risotto Pan).

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One of you will win this truly gorgeous Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Pastaiola Set. I’ve had the one pictured above in my kitchen for about a month now, and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s functional, conducts heat beautifully, and may well be the most beautiful piece of cookware in my kitchen.

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I’ve used it for all manner of blanching, steaming, and cooking by now (it also happens to work well as a canning pot for half pint jars!) and have taken to leaving it on the stove between uses, because I so enjoy seeing it there in all its gleaming glory.

blanching-broccoli

The recipe I’m sharing with you today puts this pot to work twice. First, I use it to blanch off a bunch of chopped broccoli. Once it’s cooked, I use the same water to cook the whole wheat penne.

cooked-broccoli

While the broccoli cooks, I browned some chicken sausage in a little olive oil and then drained it on a plate. Once the broccoli is bright green and tender, it gets drained and poured into the pan where the sausage had cooked.

From there, it’s a matter of building a sauce of pressed garlic and ricotta cheese. I wrap it up by adding the cooked sausage back in, along with the pasta, a healthy splash of pasta water, and a generous handful of grated parmesan cheese.

cooked-pasta

I love having a petite pasta pot like this one in my kitchen, because it allows me to stay at the stove, rather than dripping water between the sink and the stove. I’ve long had a larger pasta pot, but rarely pulled it out because it was just too much for my regular weeknight cooking. This one is just so much more functional for my household.

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The Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Pastaiola Set can be found at Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and other specialty shops, and retails for $249.99. For more information about Lagostina, check out their social accounts and visit their website.

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Thanks to the kind folks at Lagostina, I have one of these glorious pasta pots to give away to you guys. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me how you’d use this pot.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, October 22, 2016. A winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only. Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Lagostina sent me this pasta pot to use and write about. No additional compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Baked Penne, Broccoli, and Ricotta

Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound broccoli florets and stems, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound chicken sausage
  • 12 ounces short whole wheat pasta
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Fill a pasta pot with water and bring it to a boil. Once it boils, salt the water well and add the broccoli. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until it turns a vivid green.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken sausage from its casing and brown in the pan, using a spatula to break it up into crumbles. Once it is brown, use a slotted spoon and transfer the cooked pasta onto a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Tumble the cooked broccoli into the pan that had once held the sausage and reduce the heat to medium. Bring the water in the pasta pot back to a boil and add the pasta.
  4. Add the garlic to the broccoli, along with the ricotta cheese and the drained sausage. Stir to combine.
  5. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain it and pour it into the pan with the other ingredients. Stir to combine and add 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese, along with 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, and add more pasta water, if it is too thick.
  7. Top with the remaining parmesan cheese. Slide the pan under the broiler to brown the top.
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448 responses to “Baked Penne, Broccoli, and Ricotta + Lagostina Martellata Pasta Set Giveaway”

  1. It’s so pretty I’m pretty sure I would make any excuse to use it, boiling an egg, heating some cocoa…. Any. Excuse.

  2. Oh I need this pot! I’m never cooking more than a pound of pasta at a time and all of them are way too big. This would be perfect for all the bolognese I’m intending to make this winter!

  3. I would first and foremost use it as an accessory for my newly remodeled kitchen! (Oh, and for steaming/blanching all the things. I only have a microwave steamer at the moment.)

  4. I think I would leave it on the stovetop because it is so pretty! I would definitely use it to make lots of pasta dinners.

  5. Beautiful! I’ve been looking for something like this, and would use it for all the pasta we eat! It would also be great for steaming veggies.

  6. I would love to own this pot. I would use it to make all sorts of pasta dishes, as well as to steam vegetables. We are trying to eat more plant based foods and this would help us make the transition.

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! I would use this pot to continue practicing a butternut squash pasta recipe I’ve been working on, and it would make a beautiful addition to the pictures I’m taking for my upcoming blog!

  8. Oh my goodness…I would use this pot for veggies, soup and pasta and just about anytime I thought I could get away with it! Even reheating last night leftovers! Love it!!

  9. I gasped out loud at how lovely this pot is! I love that it can be used for canning half pints, I’m sure it would be pressed into service in that capacity in my kitchen.

  10. Yes! No more scooting over to the sink with a hot pot of water! I’m getting my pasta making skills back into form, so it’ll probably be some fettuccine alfredo first!

  11. Oh wow. I would use this for pasta. It would be great to not have to carry the boiling hot water over to the sink to pour it out, and this is so pretty.

  12. Pasta is not only healthy, but it is very economical, so we eat it in one form or another at least twice a week. My favorite is oven baked macaroni and cheese.

  13. What a beautiful pot! I would use it for cooking pasta for sure- I have longed for a pot like this. Thank you for the amazing chance to win!

  14. This would replace my old pasta pot (bought some time in the late ’90s…). I’d make many a pot of pasta, but without the insert it looks like the perfect size for small batches of stock.

  15. I would use this for dishes where the pasta cooks in the sauce for the last minute or to soak up flavor–no carrying everything over to the sink, just dump it into the neighboring pan!

  16. I would love to receive this pot. It looks fabulous and I would use it frequently. My family would love the tasty pasta dishes cooked up in it.

  17. With a pot that pretty, I’d use it all the time — making pasta, blanched veggies, steaming (veggies when I’m being good, potstickers when I’m not), soups, stews, chili, tomato sauce, pots of beans, poached fish, deep frying, making ricotta… you get the idea.

  18. The first thing I’d try is the broccoli-penned recipe you just shared! This pot is gorgeous and deserves to be kept out where it can be seen and used every day. I’d love it for those half pint canning jobs too.

  19. I think copper is a hue that I’ve never thought about in my kitchen, but I would leave that beauty out to admire! Your recipe does sound delicious!

  20. I can think of a million ways to use it! What a striking pan! We make a lot of fresh pasta and gnocchi and this looks like JUST the pan to make a good thing even better.

  21. We are a pasta loving family and I gave away my old pasta pot because it was to big and not useful. This is a beautiful piece of cookware.

  22. That looks like a very handy size. I’d definitely use it for pasta and steaming veggies. Also could be good for slow-simmering a large batch of tomato sauce.

  23. My word, hammered copper… Were it to find it’s way into my kitchen, besides being used all the time to cook up nourishing delights for my family, this pot would be “used” as something beautiful to lift the spirits of the sometimes-weary cook and bring an extra layer of pleasure to cooking.

  24. Wow that is gorgerous! I blanch a ton of veggies every week and I’d leave this beauty in a permanent position on my 6 burner range, aka Big Mama.

  25. I would use this for all matter of steaming.

    Certainly for pasta.

    But also for eggs. I’ve taken to hard cooking my eggs by steaming rather than boiling them. I’ve had much better results this way.

    I would also use it for steaming fish. I had some wonderful fish a friend did by steaming with herbs and a soy sauce mix. I really must get that recipe from her.

    Plus, the lovely copper would look awesome hanging from my pot rack with my copper bowls for whipping egg whites, my copper pan for chocolate and candy and my copper jam pot.

  26. I’ve never had a pasta pot, so I would love to have this to try one! And I am all for leaving pots on the stove…look so pretty 🙂

  27. Monday is always “Meatless” at our home and usually involves pasta and this would make that much more fun! Thank you.

  28. Steaming veggies for eating and freezing and for pasta. It is so much prettier than my enamel ware pot. Plus it would be an awesome birthday present for me!!

  29. Why, the first thing I would make would be your penne with broccoli and ricotta of course! Then I would move on to cooking just about everything I can in it (and I would can in it 😀 )

  30. Gorgeous pot! My husband and I tend to make 1/3-1/2 lb of pasta at a time, so it would be perfect for our purposes! My favorite pasta dish right now is with spinach and spicy sausage, but I also love gnocchi in tomato cream sauce!

  31. I blanch a lot of veggies for freezing, and currently have to chase them around the boiling water with my little strainer. Would LOVE one of these pots!

  32. This pot is so delicious. When it’s not cooking up all different types of pasta, I think I would have to keep it on display:)

  33. I think I’d have to start with this recipe! But lots of veg and some pasta and oh my it would look so pretty on my stove!!

  34. What a gorgeous pot! I understand why you leave it out to admire. I would blanch veggies and cook pasta in this pot. We enjoy pasta with a variety of toppings and this is just so handy.

  35. What a gorgeous pot! It would be the pride of my stove top and in nearly daily use. I’d use it to blanch and skin peaches and tomatoes for canning and cook pasta and vegetables for casseroles and other dishes. BTW, your barbecue sauce was a real hit in our house, thank you for the recipe.

  36. What a gorgeous pot! I would make my summer squash pasta in it first – Summer is over, but it’s good all year round 😉 Thank you for the wonderful giveaway
    Erin
    erinloves2run at gmail dot com

  37. This pot isn’t just beautiful but also practical. I have purchased several items after reading about them in your posts and you haven’t disappointed me yet. My fourth burner pot and Opinel paring knives are personal favorites and I also give them as gifts. I would love the opportunity to cook my way through winter with this gorgeous pasta pot.

  38. It’s a beautiful pot. I’d use it for blanching vegetables and for cooking pasta, but only when the kids aren’t home. When they are, we need a bigger pot!

    Enjoy Ireland – it’s a wonderful country and culture.

  39. Lot o’ pasta happens at our house! Just yesterday I cooked up some Halloween noodles we had bought at Aldi…..the noodles were pumpkins and bats I think!

  40. We have pasta every week because it’s my favorite food! Can’t wait to make this recipe and just drain the pasta right at the stove before adding it to the pot. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  41. I envision a nice mini shrimp boil to close out summer and maybe a nice butternut squash soup to welcome fall- having a copper backsplash behind my stove I would love this pot to complement it!

  42. I would first use it for pasta but I have a feeling it would be used for many things. I would want to use it all the time because it is so beautiful.

  43. What a wonderful giveaway and a really beautiful pot. I would use it to steam vegetables of all kinds, but my favorite is green beans.

  44. You mean besides leave it in my will to my favorite relative? 🙂 I’d certainly use it for pasta, potatoes, green beans, broccoli or anything that I wanted out of the water promptly.

  45. My husband makes fresh pasta often– it is sooo much better than dried. We have friends over for meals centered around his pasta and the sides they bring. This pot would truly compliment his wonderfully delicious pasta. What a beautiful pot for any cook!

  46. I really need a pot like this for blanching smaller quantities of vegetables and for cooking pasta (I don’t have a decent medium-size pot and I rarely cook for more than two).

  47. I just love utilitarian items that are so aesthetically pleasing! Ideal size for a single with leftovers, and what a kitchen upgrade!..I’d leave it on the stove, too.

  48. What a beautiful pot. Definatlely should be kept out. It would have come in handy tonight for my gnocchi. It would be great for any pasta, vege, canning, soup making adventures!

  49. Gorgeous pot! We make a skinny alfredo, with broccoli & sausage too, and love ravioli, and bolognaise, and all kinds of pasta!

  50. Beautiful cooking pot. It’s to pretty to store away in the cupboard. That is one that will have to sit out on my stove or counter.
    I probably would use it for cooking pasta and for blanching fresh veggies so that I can bag and freeze them fresh vegetables.
    Thanks for a great looking recipe and also for this giveaway opportunity

  51. I’m relearning how to cook pasta using gluten free varieties as I’ve become gluten intolerant. And as you do, Marisa, I would leave it on the stove – what a beautiful pot!

  52. I would use the pot to cook pasta (obviously) But the idea of using it for canning half pint jars really adds to my desire for it. I am sure I would also use it for a number of other cooking chores.
    I love the idea of using the water from cooking the veggies for then cooking the pasta – layers of flavor!

  53. What to cook: Pasta, Chili, a variety of different Soups, Beef Stew, and Pickled Green Tomato Relish for canning. The Green Tomato Relish needs to cook for two hours before canning. It is so important to have good cookware in your kitchen.

  54. We eat a lot of pasta in my household! I would use it to cook pasta, for canning and just leaving on the stove when I am not using it because it would look so beautiful….

  55. I would use this pot make small batches of soup with all of the delicious winter squash and hearts greens that are currently showing up in my CSA:)

  56. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful pot! How would I use it? Why, I’d use it almost daily, (at least 5 days a week) to cook pasta and vegetables, as my husband’s favorite dishes all start with pasta and he loves fresh vegetables! ?

  57. I would use this pot for pasta, soups, stews, and also for steaming veggies, dumplings, etc. I would also use it as a nice decorative piece in my kitchen.

  58. I’ve always known that you need to mix the cooked pasta into the sauce and save the pasta water to add some in if needed. For years I’ve been using a spider to lift out my pasta, scoop by scoop. This beautiful pot would make the process so much easier!

  59. I can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks delicious! This pasta pot will make a beautiful and functional addition to my kitchen.

  60. I have my first batch of Crabapple Shrub that I am ready to jar up but need a pot that is big enough for me to use to sanitize my bottles. This would be simply perfect!

  61. It’s not so much how I would use it, per se. Obviously, this thing would be awesome for creating rich stocks, blanching vegetables, skinning tomatoes and peaches, canning, etc. But the most enticing part about this set is when I would use it, where I would store it, and what would happen to it once I am no longer able to cook on my own.

    Even though it is pretty enough to be set on a shelf and never used, I wouldn’t be able to keep my hands off it. Poached fish? Pasta? Shrimp, corn, potatoes and old bay? Yes, yes, and absolutely, yes! That’s not to say that it won’t also sit on a shelf, prominently, when not in use. Rather than hide it in the pantry or hang it from a pot rack, something this beautiful deserves a place of distinction in my kitchen. Finally, when I’m too old to cook on my own, this will be an heirloom that gets handed down from generation to generation as the only tool that could possibly recreate those favorite dishes they so fondly remember.

    This is definitely going on the Christmas wishlist!

  62. I would use it almost daily as I make a lot of soup for my husband and myself, plus my husband makes a lot of homemade pasta that would be lovely to put it that pot to cook. I would also use it for small batch jelly, jam, chutney and etc. It is a beautiful pan and I would love to have it.

  63. I’d use that GORGEOUS pot to make my famous turkey day redux ravioli, it’s a fabulous and delicious way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers, I also make enough to freeze for Christmas.

  64. More pasta, more veggies, more soups! And when those aren’t happening, sitting in a happy place in the kitchen to admire its beauty. 🙂

  65. I would use this pot for batches of pasta and sauteed peppers & onions with sausage & parmesan cheese, very similar to your recipe & one of our favorites! Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. What a gorgeous pot! Who wouldn’t want to use it practically every day? I would use it for soup, pasta, & steaming. Just plain old spaghetti with a perfect tomato sauce would be my first dish to prepare as it is my husband’s favorite.

  67. I’d certainly use it for pasta — I’ve wanted a real pasta pot for ever. I’d also love using it for cooking jam and large quantity meals for my frozen dinner club.

  68. Simmering “an old bird” for my Italian grandmother’s wedding soup recipe. Easily lifting the bird out while straining at the same time. Orzo next, and once prepared all put together in this beautiful copper piece front and center on our table scape for our fabulous holiday family meal.

  69. We are a two person family now that our children are away from home. This pot would be PERFECT for the two of us. Soups, pasta . . . . so many uses!

  70. I have long wanted a beautiful pasta pot that preserves the hot water for incorporating into sauces. The fact that it can do double and triple duty for blanching and canning is great. Plus, it is absolutely beautiful!

  71. Marisa,

    I have a pitiful 40 year old 4qt Mirro steamer pot from my college daze that I still use for all of the same reasons you mention…i.e. blanching, steaming, cooking, and even boiling bath for really small jars. It must have cost $15 in its day…and it is really thin stainless steel but it has always been so useful.

    This pot would be a welcome upgrade as it is larger, very beautiful and I think is tri-ply. I haven’t used a copper clad pot since my mom’s old revereware decades ago. What a prize!!!

  72. OMG I would love to have this so I wouldn’t have to mess with my old dinged up colander anymore! This would be great for pasta nights at our house.

  73. It’s very presence in the kitchen would add a touch of class. You don’t usually think of cookware as beautiful, but this pot really is. I’d use it as a blanched and spaghetti cooker.

  74. wow. Gorgeous. I’ve learned the hard way that quality products make the process work. Thanks for all your hard work, Marisa! Would love to try this Beautiful pot.

  75. I have never owned a pot with a pasta insert and would like to have one. This would be the perfect size for our household. Also, love the idea of using ricotta in the sauce. Thanks!

  76. OMG, pasta and blanching ALL THE THINGS. I also like the idea way above about processing small batches of jams & jellies. Plus, my husband has a wee bit of a fetish for copper!

  77. This gorgeous pot has me dreaming of making a great Ragu or Sunday sauce…I might just go on a pasta binge if I won this! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  78. Beautiful pot! I’d leave it out to view in between uses as well. Pasta, here I come!

    I am definitely going to try this recipe as well. Thanks.

  79. I love the size of this pot! Instead of making pasta for a crowd, using my larger pot, I can make pasta dishes more frequently. Using it for blanching is a great idea!

  80. Wow – its beautiful and so functional. We make homemade pasta for our local farmers market – this would be perfect to use for those small amounts that we keep for ourselves. And it holds half pint jars also – its a win win in my book.

  81. My kids are addicted to Baked Spaghetti with Meat Sauce so I would make a ton of spaghetti in that pot. So glad i finally found a recipe that everyone will eat with no complaining!

  82. This is fantastic! I would probably use it for baked ziti…now that the weather is cooling down in the Northeast, there’s nothing like a pan of warm, comforting ziti on a cool, crisp day!

  83. I have a feeling that I would use this pot for all the things you do. Small batches of pasta, soups, chilis etc. and then leave it on the stove between uses to be able to enjoy just how beautiful it is. That is one gorgeous pot. I’m so glad it is also functional and useful.

  84. I am tempted to say I would just use this pot for decoration . . . It’s so beautiful! But really, I would use it to steam all kinds of veggies, blanch fruits and veggies to prepare for dehydrating or freezing, and of course, pasta!

  85. I would use it for many things: steam vegetables, pasta, smaller batches of soup and chili, even canning half pint jars as well. Very versatile.

  86. Such a beautiful pot! I’d use it to boil up some cheese tortellini and smother them with herb pesto I made this past summer (and put up in the freezer) with the bountiful green herbs from my garden. Thanks for this opportunity and enjoy your vacation!

  87. I love that it would work for canning! And of course it’s a perfect pot for pasta, soup, and just keeping out and admiring!

  88. I’d love to try this recipe in this pot – it looks and sounds delicious. The pot is beautiful! I think I would leave it on the stove too. What a great idea to use it with canning half pint jars. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this great piece of cookware.

  89. What a lovely pot !….I’d use it for blanching vegetables especially unruly spinach, which always scatters on me. And of course for cooking pasta !

  90. Oh my great giddy aunt, what would I not use this pot for? Pasta, small batches of stock, veggies; the possibilities are endless!

  91. A beautiful pot like this would HAVE to be used for steaming vegetables, blanching vegetables, and of course, pasta! The recipe? Firstly, steamed broccoli with lemon pepper and butter. Second, spaghetti with slow cooked tomato sauce. Third, blanched cabbage leaves for cabbage rolls. I can think of so many more!

  92. I would use the pot to cook pasta as well as to blanch veggies. It’s a gorgeous pot. It’s the kind that should be showcased on a shelf or open cabinet.

  93. This may be the most beautiful pot I’ve ever seen! I adore pasta and can see me making some steamed shrimp and veggie primavera!

  94. This pot would be absolutely perfect for blanching bell peppers and tomatoes for preserving. I don’t have anything like this, and it’s so beautiful! 🙂

  95. I can think of a gazillion uses for this beauty! Homemade pasta, potatoes and sweet potatoes, large batches of soup, small batches of canning goods. it would not collect dust!

  96. Ooh, cooking pasta, steaming veggies, canning, hard boiling eggs, mashed potatoes… I could probably find more things to do with it. So pretty!

  97. I would use the sweet pot to make my amazing homemade chili! It would compliment the color of the pot nicely. Haha! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  98. I must have pasta 4-5 days per week. I make it fresh in large batches and freeze. I always intend to buy one of the pasta pots with strainer and just never get that far down kitchen wish list. This one is a beauty!

  99. Ooh…I’d use this pot to replace the All Clad Pasta pot we got a year ago; we don’t like it b/c it takes forever to come to a boil.

    I appreciate the photo of how you tilt the strainer pan on top of the bottom pot–I’ve been trying to figure out how to handle the strainer once the pasta is done (usually I just sit it in the (clean) sink and serve from there).

  100. I would use this beauty for pasta. However, since I am grain free, my pasta would be made from all sorts of spiralized veggies and vegetable soups. I would also use it for corn on the cobb. And, best off all, just for the beauty of it sitting on my stove shining brightly and reminding me to use it a lot.

  101. Ooh. I would use this pot as decoration! But practically, it would be great to have this size…I only have a huge pot and several smaller ones and often wish I had a medium size.

  102. I would steam all the veggies. Steaming is the easiest way for me to cook broccoli, or I tend to cook it that way anyway. Probably make a fair amount of soup too.

  103. Using this to make your Baked Penne, Broccoli, and Ricotta, would be the start, but there’s so many other things, too. Washing poduce in it and recycling the water to my plants or mini garden would be a great use, also. Beautiful.

  104. What a gorgeous pan! I’d leave it out all the time to show it off. Once in a while I’d even cook in it. Pasta, soup and whatever else. I also kind of love your aqua stove, Marisa. How old is it? I’m sure I’m old enough to remember when that color was in but I don’t think you are!

  105. This is a useful and beautiful piece to be used for blanching and easily draining many types of vegetables, steeping teas, which I make in big batches, including for kombucha, stock, and of course, pasta!

  106. I would use it to make pasta to go along with the spaghetti and pizza sauces we can this summer. Also with so little self space in the kitchen it would be great to leave out on the counter because it is so beautiful.

  107. This great pot could be used in a hundred different ways. My first recipe would be chicken rigatoni, cooked in much the same way as your penne broccoli.

  108. I have a small copper pan that I bought in Edinburgh on our honeymoon 40+ years ago. I normally use it for making caramel or making sugared citrus peel but it just isn’t big enough. There is always a risk of the hot liquid boiling up and over the side. This Pasta Pot would be perfect!

  109. How many countless ways to use this pot!!! Of course, pasta, steaming vegetables, soup, and making vegetable broth – just raise the strainer with vegetables out and broth is done.

  110. Does just staring at it count as a use? It’s beautiful! Sincerely, though, I’d love to use it for my homemade pasta and for canning.

  111. I do a lot of cooking. This Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Pastaiola Set would be so nice to have in my kitchen. I’d make my spaghetti with meatballs.

  112. What a gorgeous pot! My husband makes fresh pasta, absolutely soooo much better than dried, and we have friends over for dinner parties. I’m in charge of the sauce, guests are in charge of the sides and wine, of course. This pot would be a beautiful addition to the festive atmosphere!

  113. Soup, of course! And broth. I don’t have a good broth kettle. I usually saute all the vegetables for my favorite pasta, but obviously, I’d have to use this pot for the actual pasta! I cook for 2 to 4 people, and this would be just right.

  114. Whenever I asked my 4.5 year old what she wants for supper, she says “pasta” so we make a lot of this type of dish. This would make it so much simpler to be able to blanch and boil in the same pot and not have to haul out my 8 qt. All Clad for every pasta dinner.

  115. I like the size of this pot. I too have a large pasta pot that is cumbersome to use. I would use this to blanch veggies and cook small servings of pasta.

  116. Wonderful pot, I’d definitely use it for pasta and blanching veggies. Looks like it would be good for steaming larger veggies like artichokes. I always have to pull out my much large pot and steamer basket to do those.

  117. Such a beautiful handsome multipurpose pot, the Lagostina pot is a winner in the kitchen! I’d love to simmer up winter soups, warming pastas, savory stews and beautifully simmered pasta red sauces. I love to can as well so this would be a nice option when water-bathing small batches of jams. Such a prize!

  118. What an absolutely gorgeous pot! I would use is for pasta, soups, stews, mashed potatoes, canning jam…the list goes on and on.

  119. There is a whole rage of Indian food that I make that would be great in the steamer. I would love to elaborate more if I had it Chances are you have never heard of them if you taste them though will never go back.

  120. Beautiful!
    I would use it to lift my spirits as I cook because it is beautiful 🙂
    (I,m sure it does an awesome job of cooking, steaming foods as well)

  121. i would use this all the time, espcially during harvest season when freezing batch after batch of fresh veggies! Such a gorgeous pot.

  122. I’d use this pot to make my kids’ favorite – mac & cheese and peas – as well as to make pierogis and steamed dumplings.

  123. I would use this pot for EVERYTHING! We actually est a fair amount of pasta, but I would also use it for all sorts of soups, blanched vegetables, and many if my canning projects. I love the strainer insert, I’ve always wanted one.

  124. I would use this pot to prepare and serve warm apple cider! This will be a good pairing with the copper Moscow mule mugs too. Perfect for the season

  125. Oh my gosh… I know it’s a pasta pot, but I can’t think of anything except how perfect it would be for blanching produce from my garden that I could freeze to preserve!

  126. Thank you for the giveaway of this beautiful pasta set! I think I’d make the above pasta recipe in that very pot, if you please ; )
    I definitely will try the above recipe even without what would be the absolutely perfect sized pasta/steamer pot for me a cooking for 1 gal with a shoebox of a kitchen. I’d leave this one on the stove too.

  127. I’d use it just like you did – blanch a vegetable, boil pasta, then brown a protein and build a sauce with the drippings. Yum ?

  128. My husband and three boys are huge pasta lovers so I would make them more pasta if I had this. Spaghetti and meatballs is their favorite. Simple penne with halved cherry tomatoes and spicy shrimp is a hit too. Mac and cheese. So many possibilities!

  129. Quality kitchen tools make meal prep that much more fun! The old ‘right tool for the right job’ adage still works for me. What a handsome pot!

  130. So pretty! This set up would make blanching anything so easy! I would start with broccoli, we’ve been making broccoli tots at home. Blanching the broccoli, blitzing it in the food processor, mixing in some good stuff and shaping them into tots! Not an original idea of mine, but I’ve enthusiastically embraced it. I can see many a meal starting in this pot.

  131. Thank you for the wonderful Recipe! I love pasta! I love vegetables! A pot of this size would come in handy for small dinner cooking! I tend to cook way too much food in my bigger pots, so left overs are always on the menu! I would need the smaller pot to cook small meals or sides of dishes that my husband wouldn’t be partial to. He is not much of a pasta and broccoli eater And I adore Both!

  132. Pasta, of course, but I can see using this for small batch soups as well. My family and I love soup but when I start with a larger pot – we get larger amounts of soup and then we have too much!!

  133. I own a very large Pentola pot. However, we have recently moved and I am learning all over again how to cook and can for two people. This pot is not only beautiful, it seems to be the perfect size for my smaller scale cooking/canning adventures!

  134. Wow, a pot just for pasta! I can see using it for blanching veg for freezing, canning pot, besides cooking pasta. I could eat spaghetti every day, if it was up to me! And the copper pot would be beautiful sitting on the stove instead of being hidden in a cupboard.

  135. This recipe reminds me so much of my wife’s cavatelli and broccoli with sausage.
    This would be perfect for pasta and maybe jam or relish. (Without the insert).

  136. I have lots of small sauce pans and 2 large stock pots. I would use this gorgeous medium pot for cooking pasta, small batch canning and probably a billion other things!

  137. I have always wanted a pasta pot-especially now that I have a pasta crazy daughter! But steaming and canning small batches of jelly would also be incredibly useful…

  138. This pan is beautiful! I would definitely use it for pasta. My other 6 quart pan is primarily dedicated to making my tea for kombucha, and I was just thinking that is the perfect size for making pasta for my family.

  139. That certainly IS a gorgeous cooking pot! It would look wonderful in my kitchen. Uses would include just the sort of things you mentioned, including as a small bath canning pot.

  140. It’s a beautiful pot! We really like broccoli & pasta recipes like this one, and we’ve recently started steaming veggies for dinners, so it would definitely get a lot of use.

  141. What a beautiful pot! I’d use it for pasta (of course!) and steaming a variety of vegetables. It would also work great for blanching veggies prior to freezing.

  142. I cook every week for a group of BIG Eagles fans, and they just love pasta! This pot would be lovely, and an attractive and useful addition to my cookware.

  143. Wow, it’s so gorgeous! I’m sure I’d use it for loads of things, but the first thing I thought of was making an autumn pasta bake with butternut squash, sage, goat cheese, caramelized onions….!

  144. Boy, that is a gorgeous pot. I could eat pasta every. single. day. but my husband won’t let me. Maybe this pot would convince him.

  145. That is a splendidly gorgeous pot! It would practically live on my stove, between steaming and blanching veggies, canning small batches of whatever we have in abundance, and cooking rice noodles for my two little pasta fiends. A thing of beauty makes work a joy. And that beauty is totally joy-making!

  146. I would make this pot my chicken and noodle go to. I think you are right it has to look gorgeous just sitting there, so I would hang it on a pot rack.

    Thanks,

    mf

  147. Beautiful! After a thorough touching to experience the texture of that shiny, hammered copper, I would make a gluten-free pasta e faglioli for my family!

  148. So darn pretty, I’d probably just have to leave it on the stove top for a couple weeks and stare at it before I would actually get it dirty. When I did, I’m thinking it would make canning that much more fun. Bring on the jam!

  149. I love the ease of cooking the past in the pasta strainer. That would probably be the primary use, but it could easily double as a steamer for dumplings.

  150. To be honest, I’d probably stare at it a lot–what a stunner! But of course, I’d probably use it for making lots of pasta for my half-Italian boyfriend 🙂

  151. I just got back from Italy and am totally inspired to recreate some of the pasta dishes I has there. The ragu, the gnocchi, the ravioli……

  152. Che bello!

    Not only would I use the Martellata for pasta, but more importantly, I would use it for my Grandpa’s Chicken Paprikash. This is the type of dish which requires a day-ling adventure. It begins with sautéing onions and garlic, then simmering chicken thighs drenched in paprika. This type of dish requires patience, and a hearty bowl of mashed potatoes, cooked in the juices from the chicken.

  153. This beauty would brighten up my kitchen and help my efforts at canning some homemade gardineira, one of my very favorite Italian accompaniments to a salumi platter. I can also see using this to make ramen (broth simmering for days, noodles bathing for a shorter dip).

  154. I love anything copper. And I love to cook and bake and can. In this pot would make broth, soups, stews, pasta, lots of pasta, jams and compotes.

  155. What a gorgeous pot! I’d definitely use it for pasta, but probably also for soups and for canning because it’s a great size for both of those as well.

  156. What wouldn’t I use it for?! We love steamed veggies and pasta, so it would get a lot of use in every day cooking. I’d also love to try it out for small batch canning. And it would likely stay out in view as decoration as it’s simply beautiful.

    First and foremost, however, I’d gift it to my wife who would fall in love at first sight!

  157. This pot is GORGEOUS!! I would use it to can in small batches–right now I’m planning a batch of Maple Bourbon Apple Butter. Have a great weekend!

  158. I’d love to use this pot for anything and everything…it’s almost soup season! I feel it would have a permanent place on my stove top because it’s so beautiful!

  159. I could cook a lot of good stuff in that lovely pot and I would love to see it setting on my stove in between recipes !!! I love the hammered look

  160. Such a beauty, I would love to use this to make pasta, blanch vegies, and pretty much do anything that requires the use of a large pot.

  161. I would use this gorgeous pot mostly for cooking small batches of pasta, but could see it used for blanching veggies to freeze or peel, or making a bone broth. I’ve long wished for a pasta pot with the insert!

  162. I just recently started investing in some quality cookware (Le Cruset), and what a difference it has made in my life! The hammered copper would look amazing hanging on the kitchen wall of my little kitchen. I have been on a big ratatouille kick recently, so I would pick up some fresh veggies at the Saturday market down the street throw in some herbs de provence and roasted garlic to make some ratatouille. There is a lovely guy I recently met and hope to invite over soon to show off my culinary skills, this pot would be much preferred to the lidless, slightly bent pot leftover from my room mate days that I’ll be using until I get around to investing in something higher quality.

  163. Considering that my old pot constantly requires that I tighten the screws on the handles, the first thing I’ll not be making is a mess. But primarily, this looks proper for a good Irish stew: take it to the table and let everyone dive in.

  164. Oh how I would love to have this pot. We cook a lot of veggies in my house and being able to steam them would be amazing! And it is truly a beautiful pot!

  165. I have always wanted a lot like this. Functional and beautiful. I would definitely use it for soups and pasta. I would also cook up a batch of jam in it and use it for blanching my tomatoes I can see it filled to the rim with a big batch of salsa.

  166. I would use this pot to make pasta three nights a week and also daily to cook vegetables. I believe in the famous chef Thomas Keller’s method of cooking/blanching vegetables in plenty of salted boiling water and then placing them in a chilled water bath to stop the cooking process. You would just place the “basket” into the ice water bath.
    Thank you for blogging and for the opportunity to win this pot!

  167. For our Christmas Eve-Eve dinner (the 23rd) we will be making dinner for about 15 people. It would be great to use this copper pot to serve one of the dishes as it is beautiful – as well as to use in making the dish. Additionally it would be used for canning – love the fact it is deep enough to do 1/2-pints.

  168. I Love copper!! This would be great for veggies, soups, sauces and of course pasta. I also like the idea of canning in it. I used to can alot years ago. I have just back into recently. Started when a friend brought me over 500 pears from her tree.

  169. My husband and I love pasta but I always struggle to find the right pot to cook it in. I love also that this pot looks really good on the stove top

  170. I would use that pot for any number of uses, the first would be this fabulous recipe you shared!! It is so pretty it would be on my kitchen shelf, not in the pot cupboard.

  171. What a gorgeous pot! I, too, would leave it on the stove! I certainly would be making more pasta dishes. Can’t wait to try this one! Thanks!

  172. I would love to have the set to make the Baked Penne. The pots I have for making this recipe are really inadequate and I think the dish would;t have the flavor and texture that it would have if I used the right tools.

  173. Oh I never thought of using this type of steamer/pot combo for canning…great idea for all those small recipes. I have a couple of pasta recipes that would work well here – simple comfort food.

  174. That is quite possibly the most beautiful pot I’ve ever seen. I’d use it for pasta, of course, but I think I’d leave it on the stove all the time just so I could look at it. I’d use it for soup, and sauces, and anything and everything else, too.

  175. I would use this for pasta definitely, but also for soup. It’s so pretty that I’d love to just take it to the table for serving soup.

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