pen·​ne ˈpe(n)-(ˌ)nā How to pronounce penne (audio)
plural penne
: short thick diagonally cut tubular pasta

Examples of penne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patrons will have a choice of getting bottomless amounts of meatball rigatoni, lasagna, chipotle chicken penne and more. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Apr. 2024 Pesto is made with pistachio and enriched with cream to help the sauce cling to the ridges of the penne. Sunset Magazine, 22 Mar. 2024 There are three shapes: fusilli, shells and penne, all made with a combination of organic durum wheat and organic Kernza, a perennial wheatlike plant that yields a rich-tasting grain. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 Touchdown platter: Includes the Field Goal and the Half Time, plus a half pan of penne a la vodka. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 5 Feb. 2024 Lakshmi used her other hand to take a bite of pasta from an aluminum takeout dish filled with cheesy penne sitting in front of her. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 18 Oct. 2023 The spaghetti cutter made eight high-quality pasta nests, the linguine made 10 high-quality nests, and the penne made a total of 1.5 pounds of high-quality pasta. Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2023 Though the package was Malibu Pink, the pasta itself was pretty ordinary-looking: traditional durum wheat yellow penne rigate, but cut a little shorter, hence the pennette. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 11 July 2023 After publishing Truly Simple, her third cookbook of original recipes, Cavallari is partnering with Rao’s Homemade to launch a new line of sauces—and sharing how to recreate her signature baked penne in the simplest, tastiest way possible. Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 June 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of penne was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Penne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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