Pasta 101 – Penne

PENNE

pronounced or ˈpɛneɪ
means “pen” in Italian

Penne is one of the most famous Italian pasta shapes. Penne are a specialty of the Campania Region in southern Italy, which includes the cities of Naples, Capri and Sorrento. Penne, which means “pen” in Italian, gets its name from its shape. Penne are tube-shaped with angled ends cut to resemble a quill or pen point. In Italy, penne are made in two varieties: “penne lisce” (smooth) and “penne rigate” (ridged). The penne rigate allows them to hold more sauce. Ridged penne are designed for meat, vegetable, cheese and oil or butter-based sauces. They are also perfect for baked dishes made with sauce and cheese. Penne all’Arrabbiata, penne with a spicy tomato sauce, is a favorite Italian dish.

Penne is traditionally cooked to al dente and served with pasta sauces such as pesto. Penne is also a popular ingredient in pasta salads.
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