Cast Iron Dutch OvenOn a cold day, come inside to a warming batch of vegetable soup simmering in Le Creuset's round Dutch oven. If you're not in the mood for soup, be adventurous and bake a yeasty loaf of bread or even a cake in the round oven - it's this versatility that makes it a staple in the kitchen. This updated kitchen classic enhances the cooking process by evenly distributing heat and locking in the optimal amount of moisture. With ergonomic handles and an advanced interior enamel that resists chipping and cleans easily, Le Creuset's Dutch ovens blend the best of the past with the latest innovations in comfort and functionality.Enameled Cast IronSince 1925, Le Creuset cast iron has been recognized for its strength and durability. Cast individually in sand molds, then hand-inspected by French artisans, each piece represents a rich heritage and continues a tradition of lasting, authentic design.Heat RetentionCast iron distributes heat slowly and evenly over the entire vessel, making it ideal for all forms of cooking, whether slow-cooking, roasting, searing, stir-frying or baking.Stainless Steel Le Creuset Steamer InsertThe stainless steel steamer basket is custom-designed to fit the 5 1/2 qt. round Dutch oven, so steaming vegetables or fish is safe and easy. It can also be used as a pasta insert, with a one-step draining process that reduces the steam and splashing of transferring pasta back and forth from a colander.