pen·​ne | \ ˈpe(n)-(ˌ)nā How to pronounce penne (audio) \
plural penne

Definition of penne

: short thick diagonally cut tubular pasta

Examples of penne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To buy: 1 small package whole unsalted almonds, 3 / 4 pound sole fillet, 1 small bunch parsley, 1 small package penne pasta and 1 / 2 pound sugar snap peas. Linda Gassenheimer, miamiherald, "Sweet peas a tasty pairing with this fresh sole dish," 3 June 2018 Think penne, orecchiette, mezzi rigatoni, ditalini and small shells. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "How to make a thrifty, fast and tasty one-pot pasta any day of the week," 7 Nov. 2019 The Take and Bake dishes are lasagne bolognese; penne Carrabba with chicken; pumpkin mascarpone ravioli or rigatoni al forno with sausage. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "These restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day or have meals to go," 20 Nov. 2019 On the primi side of things, penne with broccoli rabe included abundant chunks of a sausage rewardingly strong on the fennel-aniseed flavor. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: There’s a lot to like at La Figata in Granby... and a few disappointments," 25 Oct. 2019 Same with Cajun corn — a sloppy half-ear with red spice — and Cajun pasta, just ordinary penne with generic Alfredo sauce and a mismatch of chicken and that overplayed smoked sausage. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Cajun food, barbecue are soulmates at 225° Urban Smoke in San Antonio," 19 Sep. 2019 Next up were stops for gnocchi, penne and pizza with generous spoonfuls of Baltimore history in between. Christina Tkacik,, "Where is John Wilkes Booth buried? Walking, talking and eating your way through Baltimore," 10 Sep. 2019 The pasta maker comes with four interchangeable discs: spaghetti, lasagna, penne and fettuccini. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "This Ingenious Gadget Makes Fresh Pasta for You in Minutes," 2 July 2019 Our chicken penne pasta with roasted peppers, cream and balsamic vinegar is one of our best-selling dishes. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "You’re taking WHAT off the menu?! Chefs reveal dishes customers won’t let them stop making," 13 June 2019

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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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Last Updated

22 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Penne.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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dull or mediocre

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