Penne is a small, cylindrical pasta with ridges and edges on a bias.
Penne [PEN-ey] is a wonderful pasta for dishes with sauces, heavy vegetables, or in pasta salads because of its unique shape-- the ridges hold sauces and the angled edges act as scoops. Penne comes from Southern Italy and is a favorite pasta shape among Americans. The word "penne" comes from the Italian for "pen" or "quill."
Recipes with Penne