Our Editor-in-Chief’s Favorite Le Creuset Dutch Oven Is on Major Sale Right Now

published Jul 19, 2022
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From sauteuses to serveware to salt and pepper shakers, you’re never going to go wrong when you buy Le Creuset. In business for nearly a century, this beloved heritage brand has rightfully earned its spot at the top of the pack when it comes to kitchenware that holds up beautifully over time. But if there is one class of cookware where Le Creuset shines brightest, it’s Dutch ovens.

Crafted in France, Le Creuset Dutch ovens are known for their high-quality enameled cast iron construction, which heats food evenly throughout the cooking process. The enameled interior makes for great-looking sears and easy cleanup, and the ergonomic handles and knob ensure that you can carry the heavy dish from cabinet to cooktop to table without issue. They’re cleared for use with all stove types, oven safe to 500 degrees Farenheit, and even dishwasher safe. And the iconic, vibrantly colored glazes are absolutely stunning to look at. Le Creuset makes Dutch ovens in a wide range of sizes and shapes, but here’s why the 3.5-qt. edition is the favorite of the bunch, according to our editor-in-chief, Faith — and lucky for you, we found it on major sale at QVC.

If you’re thinking, “Hmm, three and a half quarts seems kind of small,” we get it. Chances are that when you picture the classic Le Creuset Dutch oven, it’s the taller, 6-qt. version you see. But here’s the thing: The smaller one is a must-have because it accommodates the same volume as a rectangular 9″ x 13″ pan, so recipes like oven risotto, gratins, and classic casseroles fit perfectly in this dish. You can even use it for cakes and other baked sweet treats.

And therein lies the genius of this 3.5-qt. wonder. It’s incredibly useful for the meals you make all the time, not just the hearty, big-batch stews, soups, and roasts. Cooking just one or two chicken breasts, a small number of short ribs, steel-cut oats, and vegetable gratins are just a few of the tasks that Faith loves using it for.

Right now, you can score this versatile kitchen must-have for a steal on QVC. Normally $218, it’s on sale for just $160 for the rest of the month (or as long as supplies last). But take it from Faith, you don’t want to wait. “It’s really the perfect pan,” she says. “If I had to do it over again, I would buy this size Dutch oven before I went for the big ones; it has been infinitely useful.”

Buy: Le Creuset 3.5-qt Cast Iron Round Wide Dutch Oven, $159.99 (normally $218)