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If you are mulling over which types of pots you'll need to begin a basic cookware collection, don't overlook a large (at least 8 quarts) stockpot. Since you'll probably be using it mainly to boil water for pasta, or perhaps for blanching vegetables, this is one case in which you don't want a heavy-feel. You want to easily lift the pot when it's full. If you plan on making large quantities of soup or stock with it, choose one made from good quality mid-weight anodized aluminum. Buy the cheapest, lightest stockpot you can find if you're only going to be using it to boil water for pasta.