The Basic Pots, Pans, and Bakeware
At a bare minimum, a kitchen should have both a 12-inch and a 6-inch skillet as well as a 2-quart saucepan. Lids are always helpful, so look for pans that include those. A stockpot may also come in handy at times, but it’s not mandatory.
A casserole dish that can also double as a cake pan is another necessity. A mixing bowl and an electric mixer are also very handy. Even if you don’t bake, you can use these for making things like mashed potatoes.
Look for non-stick bakeware and pans and learn how to care for them to prolong their life. Just be sure that your utensils are non-stick friendly as well.