Penne is a popular type of cylindrical pasta that's enjoyed worldwide. Its name comes from the Italian word "penna," meaning "pen" or "quill," due to its shape resembling that of an old-fashioned quill pen. Penne pasta is characterized by its short, hollow tubes with diagonally cut ends, which are typically ridged on the outside.

These ridges are not just decorative; they serve a functional purpose by allowing sauces to cling better to the pasta, resulting in a more flavorful and satisfying dish. The smooth interior of the tubes provides a nice contrast to the textured exterior and helps the pasta cook evenly.

Penne pasta comes in various sizes, ranging from small to large, but the most common size found in stores is about 1 inch (25-30 mm) in length. This size is versatile and works well with a wide range of sauces and ingredients.

Due to its sturdy shape, penne holds up well in baked dishes like baked ziti or penne alla vodka. It also pairs nicely with chunky sauces, such as marinara or meat sauces, as well as creamy sauces like Alfredo. Additionally, its size and shape make it easy to spear with a fork, making it a convenient choice for quick and satisfying meals.

Whether served hot in a comforting pasta dish or cold in a refreshing pasta salad, penne pasta is a versatile and beloved staple in Italian cuisine and beyond. Its simple yet effective design makes it a go-to option for home cooks and chefs alike.


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    Ingredients: Durum Wheat Semolina, Water, Contains: Gluten

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