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Whole wheat penne, cooked and uncooked.jpg
Whole wheat penne rigate, uncooked (left) and cooked (right)
Place of origin Italy
Type Pasta
Variations Penne lisce, penne rigate, pennoni, mostaccioli
Penne all'arrabbiata

Penne (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpenːe]) is a type of pasta with cylinder-shaped pieces. Penne is the plural form of the Italian penna, deriving from Latin penna (meaning "feather" or "quill"), and is a cognate of the English word pen.

Description and variations

In Italy, penne are produced in two main variants: "penne lisce" (smooth) and "penne rigate" (furrowed), the latter having ridges on each penna. There is also pennoni ("big quills"), which is a wider version of penne.[1]

In United States the same or similar shape, usually slightly larger, is called mostaccioli (meaning "little mustache" in some Italian dialects; it can also be either smooth or ridged in texture).[2]


Penne is traditionally cooked al dente and served with pasta sauces such as pesto, marinara, or arrabbiata. Penne is a popular ingredient in pasta salads. Penne is a versatile pasta for many applications because of its practical design; the hollow center and ridges allow it to hold sauce, while the angular ends act as scoops.[original research?]


See also


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  2. "Creamette - Our Products - Mostaccioli Rigati". Retrieved 2013-02-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>