Many of us are spending more time cooking at home right now. And although it’s more cost effective than getting takeout, I’m getting a little tired of it. So lately I’ve been turning to easy, one-pot meals, like our One-Pot Lemon-Broccoli Pasta with Parmesan and One-Pot Garlicky Shrimp & Spinach. While delicious, I’ve realized I need a more appropriate cooking vessel if I’m going to continue making quick, one-pot meals. And that’s where the Staub Essential Oven comes in handy.
The Staub Essential Dutch oven is exactly what my kitchen has been missing (buy it: Sur La Table, on sale for $180-200, depending on color). This 3.75-quart Dutch oven is bigger than all of my current pots and is perfect for making soups or casseroles. Plus, I can use the Dutch oven on the stovetop and in the oven up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which means only one dish for cooking (and less dishes for me to clean, which is always a win!).
Unlike other cast-iron equipment, I don’t need to worry about preseasoning this Dutch oven before using it. The pot also comes with a domed lid, which helps retain moisture when cooking (read: it’ll keep your roasted chicken from drying out).
The Staub oven comes in three gorgeous color choices, including grenadine (maroon), cherry and marin (dark blue). The cherry Dutch oven was originally $429, but it’s currently on sale for just $180 (buy it: Sur La Table). Meanwhile, you can save over $250 on the marin and grenadine Dutch ovens (buy it: Sur La Table, on sale for $200).
If you’ve ever been curious about cooking in a Dutch oven, now is the perfect time to try one out for yourself. I’m already thinking about the different meals I could make in my Dutch oven, like our One-Pot Italian Sausage & Kale Pasta and Lemony Lentil Soup with Collards. Now, I just need to decide on the color I want!