Penne is an extruded type of pasta with cylinder-shaped pieces, their ends cut at a bias. Penne is the plural form of the Italian penna (meaning feather but pen as well), deriving from Latin penna (meaning "feather" or "quill"), and is a cognate of the English word pen.
Traditionally, penne are cooked al dente and served with pasta sauces such as pesto, marinara or arrabbiata. Penne is a famous ingredient in pasta salads. They are a versatile pasta for various uses due to their practical design. The pointed edges act as spoons for the sauce and the empty center with the ribbed outer texture helps to hold it.