These are the best plate bowls for pasta dishes and more from $2.48

“Blates” and "plowls" are easy to use and feel effortlessly relaxed

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When serving up a saucy dinner, plate bowls are a smart choice. They have a bigger capacity than a regular bowl but have curved sides that make scooping up messy sauces and pasta pieces easier.

I use “blates” all the time, as I eat a lot of sauce-based dishes and they make for stylish plating, too. Pasta does work really well in them, but I have also used them for salads, shakshuka, and even cake. Basically, they’re super versatile, so they’re well worth having in your kitchen cabinets.

If you’re thinking they could be a useful addition to your dinnerware collection, I’ve got you covered. I’ve rounded up a range of plate bowls that are spacious enough for hearty dinners, and stylish enough that you’ll want to post them on your Instagram story.

The best blates and plowls for your saucy dinners

From contemporary sets to colorful sets, I have picked a range of stylish plate bowls (or “blates” and “plowls”) that are great kitchen ideas and that shoppers love.

The prices below were correct at the time of publishing this article.


What is a plate bowl?

A plate bowl is a dinnerware item that is a combination of a bowl and a plate — hence the name. It has curved edges and depth but is a bigger size than a bowl. This makes it ideal for larger dinners with sauces. These dishes are sometimes called plowls or blates, too.

As Shiza Shahid, co-founder of Our Place explains they are: "perfect for everything delicious pasta, a hearty stew, or a nourishing salad." 

Shiza Shahid, Co-founder of Our Place
Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur and social activist of Pakistani origin. She is the CEO and co-founder of Our Place. She is now leading Malala Fund in its work to empower girls through education. Shiza was recently named one of TIME magazine’s “30 Under 30 World Changers” and to Forbes “30 Under 30″ list of social entrepreneurs.

What can you serve in plate bowls?

Food you can serve in plate bowls — also known as “blates” — include pasta, salads, and paellas. Basically, anything that would benefit from having an edge to stop sauce coming out and to easily scoop up sauce with. 

How to choose a plate bowl

When choosing a plate bowl for your home, there are a few things that you should consider:

Size: Check if the plate bowl will fit inside your kitchen cabinets and if it'll be suitable for the size of dishes you’ll be serving up.

Style: If you like your plates and bowls to match, be sure to choose a plate bowl that matches your dinnerware’s existing aesthetic. Otherwise, choose one that matches your personal style.

Material: Look at the material, and check that it’s suitable for how you wash and use your dishes. For example, if you have a dishwasher, you’ll want to make sure that it’s dishwasher-friendly.

Price: Have a budget in mind when you’re shopping for a plate bowl, and stick to it. 

How we chose these plate bowls

As a shopping writer and bowl plate lover, I know what to look for when choosing one. When picking these, I looked at style, size, and price. I also made sure that they had high ratings from shoppers that have used the bowls day in and day out. 

Now you know where to find the best pasta bowls, you can carry on creating your dream Italian night in. Want to create an even more authentic experience? You could use a pasta maker to make all your dishes fresh.

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.