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.
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 flavourful and satisfying.
Texture & Cooking
Penne has a firm, chewy texture when cooked.
Penne is highly versatile and can be used in a wide range of dishes. Its short, sturdy shape makes it perfect for holding robust sauces and ingredients. Penne pairs well with various types of sauces, including:
- Tomato-based sauces: The cylindrical shape and ridges of penne rigate make it ideal for capturing chunky tomato sauces with vegetables, meats, or seafood.
- Creamy sauces: Penne works well with creamy sauces like Alfredo, carbonara, or cheese-based sauces, creating a rich and satisfying pasta dish.
- Pesto: The cylindrical tubes of penne hold pesto sauce effectively, ensuring a burst of herbal and nutty flavours in each bite.