Soup Pots

Nothing beats a warm pot of soup or stew straight from the stove during the coldest months of the year, but when you are making soup from scratch, it is important to have the right equipment on hand. That starts with a durable soup pot. Williams-Sonoma offers a variety of soup pots that are sure to please any chef.

Soup pots are often confused with or compared to stockpots because they look similar, but there is actually one major difference. Soup pots tend to be thicker and heavier, especially around the bottom of the pot. This allows the pot to heat evenly without burning your favorite soup recipe. The thicker the soups that you enjoy making, the better off you are with a heavier pot.

Soup pots are versatile enough that you can do more with them than just whip up a batch of your favorite chowder. They are also excellent choices for boiling pasta, creating tomato sauce from scratch, braising a pot roast, making your own broth or cooking a larger batch of vegetables at once. For this reason, you want to choose a soup pot made from quality material that can withstand repeated use for several years. Anodized aluminum, stainless-steel, ceramic, cast iron and copper all make great options, each with its own pros. For example, stainless-steel is easy to clean, while tough anodized aluminum is durable and versatile. Copper is the best choice for temperature control, while cast iron lasts a long time.

The size of the soup pot you buy is also important. Do you cook for yourself, or do you often cook for large groups? This type of  cookware typically ranges from 4 to 20 quarts. As for the shape of the pot, be sure it has a rounded base with tall, straight or flared sides to ensure your dishes cook evenly.

Soup pots typically come with lids. They may be glass or made from the same solid material as the pot itself. They also typically come with handles on either side. Because soups and other dishes can get heavy, especially when you cook in large quantities, you want a pot with secure handles that are not going to break easily when you lift the pot off the stove. Pots with handles attached by screws are usually the sturdiest.

With so many option for soup pots available, it is important to consider your own cooking needs first when shopping. How many people you typically cook for and the type of dishes you cook will play a role in your decision. Also, keep in mind that soup pots are some of your larger pieces of cookware, so you should have enough room for storage.