penne

noun
pen·ne | \ˈpe(n)-(ˌ)nā \
plural penne

Definition of penne 

: short thick diagonally cut tubular pasta

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An unexpected delight was the Kreyol pasta, ($18), penne smothered in a spicy cream sauce with a choice of chicken and shrimp or Andouille sausage and shrimp. Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "Spice up your palate with Haitian delights," 8 June 2018 Other offerings are Lobster penne and cheese, shrimp Alfredo, Cajun chicken pasta and linguini and meatballs, Chilean sea bass and shrimp. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Lighthouse Restaurant in Cedar Lake," 9 July 2018 All the pastas — including ravioli, penne, linguini, and a light gnocchi made with ricotta — are homemade. BostonGlobe.com, "Sam’s Kitchen is a hidden gem in Woburn," 19 May 2018 The vodka sauce is also paired on the menu with homemade potato gnocchi, lobster ravioli and penne mare e monte, a pasta dish served with baby shrimp and mushrooms. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Penna alla vodka stirs memories," 13 Apr. 2018 Vue at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa will offer a Mother’s Day brunch menu featuring spinach and tomato quiche, chicken and waffles, avocado toast, Monte Cristo torta and penne primavera. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 2018 Feta and roasted vegetable frittatas, banana caramel hazelnut French toast, Reuben sandwiches, chicken pistachio pomegranate salads and penne pasta are among the offerings. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "31 new restaurants opened in Phoenix in April, chains and independents," 1 May 2018 Still, both performed better than a weak lettuce-fest of a Caesar salad and a bowl of rubbery penne pasta with equally rubbery meatballs in a leaden meat sauce. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Pesto Ristorante a solid addition to Olmos Park," 29 Mar. 2018 Add 1 pound rigatoni, penne rigate or other ridged pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "4 Spring Pasta Recipes: Make a Meal of the Season’s Freshest Produce," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of penne

1919, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for penne

Italian, plural of penna, literally, quill, feather, pen, from Latin pinna feather & penna wing — more at pen

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The first known use of penne was in 1919

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