One of the most famous Italian pasta shapes, and British favourites, penne translates to the word “pen” and gets its name from its shape – a short cylinder-shaped pasta with angled edges. Penne complements every sauce and works exceptionally well when paired with a chunkier sauce. By extruding through bronze dies, the pasta has a rougher texture allowing for even more sauce adhesion.
Penne pasta is cylindrical and has a smooth surface. The ends of the tubes are diagonally cut, creating a slanted opening. This design allows penne to hold sauces and ingredients effectively, making each bite flavorful and satisfying.
Texture & Cooking
Penne has a firm, chewy texture when cooked.
Chifferi complements different types of sauces, including:
- Creamy sauces: The tubular shape of chifferi works well with creamy sauces like Alfredo, cheese-based sauces, and creamy tomato sauces.
- Tomato-based sauces: Chifferi can hold and absorb chunky tomato sauces with vegetables or meats, ensuring a flavorful pasta experience.
- Pesto: The curved surface of chifferi captures and distributes pesto sauce evenly, creating a delightful and vibrant dish.