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

Definition of penne

: short thick diagonally cut tubular pasta

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Add cooled penne and toss to coat; toss with Parmesan and celery leaves. Carla Hall, Redbook, "3 Things You Can Do With Your New Favorite Vegetable, Celery," 2 June 2017 Think of them in terms of categories: big tubes (penne, rigatoni), little scoop-y/tube-y shapes (elbows, shells), twirly spirals (rotini, gemelli), thinner strands (spaghetti, linguine), wider strands (fettuccine, pappardelle). Sherry Rujikarn, Good Housekeeping, "5 Common Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Pasta," 8 Apr. 2015 Add penne pasta and cook just under al dente, about 10 minutes, drain and set aside. Fox News, "Matt Moore's Romantic Valentine's Dinner," 11 Feb. 2011 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,, "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., "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,, "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,, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 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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