Penne (pronounced PEN-nay) are 2-inch tubes cut on the diagonal to resemble quills: penne means "quills" in Italian. Penne compliments almost any sauce and is frequently baked. Penne lisce is smooth and penne rigate has ridges and can hold more sauce.
Penne is hard,off white in colour and cylindrical in shape and hollow smooth in texture and have square-cut edges.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Bring a pot of water to a boil, add salt and cook penne until aldente: when breaking the pasta, it shouldn't be white. Most packages offer cooking instructions.
Conserving and Storing
It can be stored for months in the dry form in plastic or glass bottles, in a dry and cool place.