© Denzil Green
Short tubes of pasta, with diagonally cut ends, like French cut beans. There are two kinds of Penne: the “lisce” has a smooth surface, the “rigate” is ridged. The ridges in the rigate help it hold onto sauces better.
If you making a Penne dish with any vegetables or chopped meat, ideally you are supposed to slice those other ingredients into pieces that match the size of the Penne.
Penne is actually fabulous in a homemade macaroni and cheese recipe; it makes it seem like Mac & Cheese for grown-ups.
1 cup of penne = 3 oz = 100g