The next item on my ultimate kitchen list is a 2 quart saucepan. This size is perfect for sauces, heating up small amounts of soup, oatmeal, etc.
Try to find one that has a good grip and a handle that will not conduct too much heat. It should also have a heavy base that will conduct heat evenly. Also, make sure that the pan you choose comes with a well fitted lid.
A good choice for your kitchen is a stainless steel pan with a copper core or bottom. The copper in this 2 quart saucepan from All-Clad will provide for quick and even heat distribution and the stainless steel won't react with food. It has long "stay-cool" handles and a rolled edge rim for dripless pouring. However, it's definitely a splurge at $235 (registry time!).
Two reasonably priced saucepans to check out, so read more