Rated 5 out of 5Â by notachef Works great
Fits Tramontina PRIMA 8 qt stock pot. Pull pasta insert up slowly and all water stays in the stock pot, no mess. Empty water from stock pot and put the pasta insert back into the stock pot and cover with the lid. Keeps pasta hot enough to enjoy a plate full and return for a second that is still hot. The 8 qt stock pot lid fits the pasta insert perfectly.
Note: cooking pasta makes both the pasta insert and the 8 qt stock pot show a rainbow effect. This is due to the starch in the pasta. Just wipe down with a rag soaked in white vinegar and the rainbow is gone. Hand washing and immediately towel dry to prevent water spots recommended.
Like the 8 qt stock pot, the pasta insert is big. If you have a small sink, it can be a challenge to clean them.
Highly recommended item if you like pasta.
Rated 3 out of 5Â by TooBadForMe I returned my Pasta Insert.
I was really excited to find this Pasta Insert for an 8-quart pot, and couldn't wait to use it. I purchased this at the same time as I purchase a "Food Network" brand of Hard Anondized Nonstick cookware. However, I now think that this insert should only be used in a stainless pot. The reason is that the insert goes all the way to the very bottom of the 8-quart pot, and has 3 small stainless steal "bumps" that serve as mini legs to keep it approximately 1/4 inch off the bottom. The problem I had is that the stainless steel bumps actually 'scratched' my non-stick surface. When you stir the pasta, the insert moves a little bit and it was scratching the bottom of my non-stick pot. Disappointing. Not sure why the insert couldnt be an inch off the bottom or so. If it had been, it would have worked perfectly. I ended up returning my insert. Unfortunately, I now have a brand new - scratched 8 qt pot.
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Actuary33 making a pound of pasta is even easier
This insert works with 12 qt pots. Light enough to lift and drain over the sink. The insert allows you to drain your pasta without also dumping your hot water.