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 Once cooked, drain the penne in a colander and carefully stir the pasta through the tomato sauce. Lindsay Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Top Chefs Share What They Are Cooking While in Isolation," 8 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, put a pan with plenty of salted water over medium-high heat and cook the penne according to the package directions. Lindsay Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Top Chefs Share What They Are Cooking While in Isolation," 8 Apr. 2020 Add cooled penne and toss to coat; toss with Parmesan and celery leaves. Makes 4 servings. Carla Hall, Redbook, "3 Things You Can Do With Your New Favorite Vegetable, Celery," 2 June 2017 The meals serve 7-8 people and feature comfort food, such as red beans and rice and penne pasta with sausage Second Servings is also accepting donations to keep the program going. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Second Servings' 'Dinner's on Us' free meal program expands to serve public," 21 Apr. 2020 The pasta section was bare, save for gluten-free lentil penne. New York Times, "The Toilet Paper Had Armed Guards, and Other Coronavirus Stories," 24 Mar. 2020 Use leftovers for a baked pasta — layer the squash with rigatoni or penne cooked firmly al dente, and then shower with grated cheese and bread crumbs. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "How to eat that decorative squash on your table with Parmesan, brown butter," 21 Nov. 2019 Variation: • To make pasta with tuna and cannellini, cook 1/2 to 3/4 pound of penne, farfalle or other medium-sized shape of pasta in salted water till al dente. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "Pantry magic: How to think like a cook and turn ‘nothing’ into something delicious," 7 Apr. 2020 Orecchiette are great, but elbows, penne, rigatoni, and shells will all shine. Sohla El-waylly, Bon Appétit, "This Pasta Is So Creamy, Tangy, and Delicious, I Can Never Look at Mac n’ Cheese the Same Way Again," 2 Apr. 2020

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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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“Penne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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